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Who will be Miami’s backup quarterback for the 2020 season?

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The Hurricanes have several different options to work behind D’Eriq King

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N’Kosi Perry (5) celebrates with teammates after a touchdown in Miami’s loss to Georgia Tech in October 2019. Perry has the most experience among Miami’s backup quarterback candidates.
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With roughly three months left until Miami opens the 2020 college football season, all signs point to Houston transfer D’Eriq King serving as Miami’s starting quarterback.

That leaves an important question to answer among the four other scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.

Who will be Miami’s backup quarterback?

Let’s take a look at what each scholarship quarterback on the roster brings to the competition this fall.

N’Kosi Perry

Perry is far and away the most experienced player in the backup quarterback competition.

The redshirt junior has played in 19 games during his Miami career and passed for 2,136 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Hurricanes.

Most fans are well aware of Perry’s inconsistencies in his Hurricane career dating back to him leading Miami’s come-from-behind victory against Florida State in 2018 and then losing the starting job a week later in Miami’s disappointing loss to Virginia.

Perry served as the backup for Miami in 2019 to Jarren Williams and, has been a theme, was both good and bad at times in relief of Williams.

The Ocala native seems like the most likely candidate to backup King in 2020 thanks to his experience doing so and him entering his fourth year with the Hurricanes.

Tate Martell

Martell transferred to Miami from Ohio State, earned immediate eligibility from the NCAA, then played sparingly for the Hurricanes in 2019.

He is a better fit for new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee’s spread offense than the pro-style offense run by previous offensive coordinator Dan Enos.

Martell was able to put together some impressive drives in limited work as a reserve quarterback for the Buckeyes in 2018 while running Urban Meyer’s spread offense.

If he wants to serve as Miami’s backup as a redshirt junior in 2020, Martell will need to improve on the lone drive he was given at quarterback last season in the Walk On’s Independence Bowl loss to Louisiana Tech.

Tyler Van Dyke

Van Dyke is the lone true freshman in the competition and the prospect that most view as the player on the roster who has the brightest future at the position.

Van Dyke led Suffield Academy in Connecticut to an undefeated season and the NEPSAC Class A championship as a senior in 2019. He was the No.9 pro-style quarterback in the 247Sports.com composite rankings and was a consensus four-star prospect amongst all recruiting services.

His high school highlights show a strong-armed passer with enough mobility to make plays in the pocket at the college level.

The hope for Lashlee and the Miami coaching staff should be to limit Van Dyke’s action to four games this season and allow him to use the 2020 season as a redshirt year.

That would give him four years to potentially be Miami’s starting quarterback after King leaves the program after the 2020 season.

Would that preclude him from being Miami’s full-time backup quarterback in 2020?

Potentially.

If Van Dyke is not far and away the best quarterback outside of King in fall camp, the Hurricanes might be wise to use Martell or Perry in the backup role to ensure they protect Van Dyke’s redshirt status.

Peyton Matocha

Matocha redshirted in 2019 and did not see action in any games. 247Sports.com had Matocha ranked as the No.38 dual-threat quarterback in its composite rankings in the Class of 2019.

Most view Matocha as the longshot to serve as Miami’s No.2 quarterback this upcoming season. His high school highlights show a mobile passer who throws an accurate deep ball.

Poll

Who will Miami’s backup quarterback be for the 2020 season?

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    N’Kosi Perry
    (158 votes)
  • 26%
    Tate Martell
    (74 votes)
  • 10%
    Tyler Van Dyke
    (30 votes)
  • 5%
    Peyton Matocha
    (16 votes)
278 votes total Vote Now