The Miami Hurricanes will quarterback newcomer Tyler Van Dyke on Thursday night when they host Virginia. Start-QB D’Eriq King and the runner-up Jake Garcia with Van Dyke are both injured against the Cavaliers. Van Dyke was 10-11 for 270 yards and three touchdowns on his first start last week.
Miami is missing several players in addition to the QB. Other players Miami misses this week include defensive tackles Jared Harrison-Hunte and Jordan Miller, center Corey Gaynor, defensive back Al Blades and linebacker Keontra Smith. Miami previously lost Don Chaney Jr.’s running back and left Jalen Rivers for the season.
Van Dyke alternated every two trips against Central Connecticut State last week. In the first season of his career, the real freshman Garcia was 11-14 for 147 yards, two TDs and no interceptions. Van Dyke will have a chance to prevail against a porous Virginia Pass defense that ranks 98th nationally against FBS opponents.
Van Dyke should have peace of mind that he will be the QB for the Miami Hurricanes on Thursday. King will be available on the sidelines to help Van Dyke. At 6’4, 224 pounds, Van Dyke gives Miami a different look than King. King is the prototype of the dual threat QB. Van Dyke is the more traditional pocket passer.
On the Miami’s defensive line, expect Elijah Roberts and 2021 five-star signer Leonard Taylor to get snaps at the defensive tackle while second teamers Harrison-Hunte and Miller are out. Nesta Silvera and Jon Ford remain expected starters. Gilbert Frierson is likely to start with Carter as a forward.
James Williams, Miami’s second five-star signatory in the 2021 class, is expected to start safe outside Gurvan Hall. Jakai Clark gets his second straight start at the center for Miami instead of Gaynor. Jaylan Knighton returns from a four-game suspension Thursday night to mitigate Chaney’s loss for the season.