Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King and punter Lou Hedley were named Preseason All-Americans by Pro Football Focus. King was named third-team QB behind Spencer Rattler of Oklahoma and Sam Howell of North Carolina. Hedley was named an Honorable Mention Punter.
King completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,686 yards, 23 TDs, and five interceptions, and ran 538 yards and four TDS in 2020. In 2020, King All-ACC was honored behind Trevor Lawrence of Clemson, Howell and Ian Book of North Carolina. Only Book returns of these three in 2020.
Hedley was one of three Miami Hurricanes named All-American in 2020. Hedley was selected as the second team All-American with the defensive end Jaelan Phillips. Kicker Jose Borregales was a 2020 first-team All-American. Kirk Christodoulou of Pittsburgh is in question the PFF’s first-team All-American punter.
Hedley was second in the nation in punting with an average of 47.16. Only Georgia Tech’s Pressley Harvin had a higher average at 48.02. Christodoulou was 16th nationwide in 2020 with an average of 44.68. Miami set the FBS record in 2020 for the highest net spunting average of 44.96 with a minimum of 40 points.
The all-American player on the second PFF team is Jake Camarda from Georgia. The third team was Ben Griffiths of USC with Hedley Honorable Mention. After the season Hedley had in 2020, he deserves to be the All-American punter of the consensus first-team preseason. Miami is going to have one of the best kicking games in college football.
King’s third place is testament to his hard work throughout his college football career and the perfect fit he brings to the up-tempo spread offensive led by offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. If Miami plays North Carolina on October 16, the game could do more than take control of the ACC Coastal Division.
How well Howell and King play in the game could affect All-ACC QB, All-American status, and the Heisman Trophy battle. After losing to the Tar Heels in 2020, Miami needs a good performance to have a positive impact on the program and awards for its postseason players.