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Storm Center, October 12th: D’Eriq King done for the season; another injury announced; and a decommitment from a top recruit.

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Man. Monday saw a LOT of Canes updates. And these aren’t footnotes, kids. These are major, main topics. Let’s dissect.

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So uh....lots has happened since the last time we convened for one of these daily rundowns. LOTS. Let’s get into it.

QB D’Eriq King to have season-ending shoulder surgery

I was just thinking to myself over the weekend “man, we haven’t gotten a D’Eriq King update in a while. I wonder if Manny Diaz is going to give us one on Monday?” And boy, did he.

While appearing on the Joe Rose Show on Monday morning, Diaz stated that King, Miami’s starting quarterback, would have surgery on his injured right shoulder and miss the remainder of the season.

With King out, and fellow QB Jake Garcia recently having had ankle surgery, the keys to the season have been turned over to super freshman Tyler Van Dyke. The Connecticut native made his first start the last time Miami played — 2 weeks ago against Virginia — and now the season is firmly on his shoulders. Behind him are Peyton Matocha, a depth player who was never intended to play meaningful snaps at Miami, and walk-on Ryan Rizk. Definitely not the depth chart that Miami intended to lean on at QB this season.

As to what happens next with King, that hasn’t been decided.

What once would have been very exciting — the prospect of D’Eriq King at Miami for yet-another year — is potentially possible, but infinitely less exciting than the prospect once was. King is a great person, and a fine player, but to my eye, it’s time Miami focus on moving forward with someone else — Van Dyke or Garcia — at QB for the future.

In any event, we wish D’Eriq King well with his forthcoming procedure, and a full recovery.

As for his future either at Miami or elsewhere or the next level, we’ll leave that conversation for another time.

C Corey Gaynor out for the year, too

I mentioned multiple season-ending injuries, and offensive lineman Corey Gaynor is the other one. He’d missed time recently but that injury will also keep him out for the remainder of the year.

Replacing Gaynor at center is Jakai Clark, who himself missed time last year. The plan was for Clark to RS this year while Gaynor anchored the OL, but this injury has flipped every part of that plan on its head.

As with King, we wish Gaynor a safe and complete recovery from his season-ending surgery.

Some good injury news, finally

I know Miami’s roster has been depleted by the above-listed injuries (and more), but hey, reinforcements are on the way!

Something is better than nothing, right? And especially when guys like JHH and Stevenson and Smith will be back in action.

Gotta find the good where we can, and that’s unquestionably good, you guys.

4-star CB Tre’Quan Fegans decommits from Miami

Miami’s failings on the field this season were bound to have a negative impact on the recruiting trail. And, after seeing multiple top targets make the business decision to pick a different program to ply their trade, one of the top players of Miami’s class defected from the group on Monday afternoon.

What’s the bigger context to the class as a whole? The situation isn’t great, you guys.

And, when you consider the fact that another Miami CB commit — Bishop Verot standout Chris Graves — just took an unofficial visit to Florida last weekend, and tweeted his picture from Gainesville with the hashtag #JustAVisit...bad could become worse, quickly. Cuz it always starts as “just a visit”....

Blips on the Radar

Miami unveiled this weekend’s jersey combination for the game at North Carolina: Stormtroppers

The TV slot and coverage options for next weekend’s home game against NC State was also announced today.

Had a hard time figuring out which game was competing with Miami-NC State for this slot next weekend, but I’ll figure it out soon. Or, someone will hop in the comments and let us all know.

That’s a LOT of notes to start our Tuesday. But hey, Monday was a day for news, apparently. Just ask Jon Gruden....

Welp. That’s my time! Make it a terrific Tuesday, everybody!

Go Canes