There’s been a lot to take away from this spring practice for the Miami Hurricanes, but in my opinion, it has been the play and growth of quarterback Tyler Van Dyke that has been the most impressive.
The throw by TVD, catch by Harley, LOVE TO SEE IT pic.twitter.com/aHlPIqkXTx— Marsh (@hurricanesmarsh) March 24, 2021
The second-year QB from Connecticut knew that there would be added pressure for this spring due to the absence of D’Eriq King, and even though it’s only spring ball, he’s given Canes fans added confidence for what’s to come in the future.
Tyler Van Dyke: "I feel like we have a bright future ahead and I'm really excited about it."— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) April 6, 2021
Everything we’ve heard about him has been very positive, and the reviews that the players and coaches are giving him gets me excited about the future. This spring has given Van Dyke more confidence as he’s getting most of the reps with the first-team offense, and that kind of experience is going to help him immensely going forward.
Was already impressed with TVD, but today was the first time I’ve been in a media session with him. That kid is special. You can just tell— Marsh (@hurricanesmarsh) March 16, 2021
In Miami’s first scrimmage of spring, Van Dyke went 10-15 passing, for 114 yards and 1 touchdown. In the second scrimmage this last Friday, TVD improved, by going 13-for-17, for 190 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Quarterback Tyler Van Dyke went 13 of 17 for 190 passing yards and three touchdowns. pic.twitter.com/UpbKiWUWkq— GO ‘CANES! (@83_87_89_91_01) April 10, 2021
What’s impressed me so much about Van Dyke is the way he carries himself. He doesn’t necessarily have the “swag” of other quarterbacks, but he’s a leader, and he leads by example, and that’s the most important thing to me. Ken Dorsey didn’t have swag, just saying. You don't need to be loud as a QB, you don’t need all the glitz and glamor, you just need to be a commander out there, and Van Dyke gives off those vibes.
QB Tyler Van Dyke on his goals for this week's scrimmage: "I feel a goal for me is to be better than I was last time...making the throws I didn't make last time, going out there, having fun...if you're not having fun, and you're timid and scared, you're not going to do well."— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) April 6, 2021
“I try to get in here later in the day too to try to get extra work in. It’s like a ritual for me” Van Dyke told the media. “I’m still making a few mistakes that I have to go back and watch film on. You’re not going to be perfect. You have to watch film, try to get better and limit those mistakes.”
Tyler Van Dyke says it's a "ritual" for him to go watch film almost immediately after practice. He likes coming back to the facility later in the day to get some conditioning work done, too.— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) April 6, 2021
His growth has definitely impressed head coach Manny Diaz. “People want to follow a leader that does the things the right way and that is what Tyler does. He is competitive and so hard working with his natural personality,” said coach Diaz.
I don’t think people realize how good Tyler Van Dyke is going to be for the Canes at quarterback. He’s the real deal— Marsh (@hurricanesmarsh) August 23, 2020
Now I know, this is only spring practice, how much is there really to take away? It’s early in Van Dyke’s journey at UM, but I for one, wasn’t expecting him to make such an impact and impression this early on.
Don Chaney Jr. says TVD is a beast. “Things come easy to him. Really smart guy, really smart. It’s only going to get better.”— Marsh (@hurricanesmarsh) March 16, 2021
“I think he’s improved a lot more from last year and he should. He should be more comfortable with what we’re doing,” Rhett Lashlee said about Van Dyke.
Coach Manny Diaz is next to talk. He says Tyler Van Dyke is a leader, wants to see his personality come out through spring practice.— Marsh (@hurricanesmarsh) March 16, 2021
This season, D’Eriq King will be the starter at quarterback, no questions asked. This is his team, he’s deserved the starting role. However, after this spring, I couldn't be more excited and confident in Van Dyke leading this program into the future.