Canes fans got a great Christmas present this morning when D’Eriq King announced that he’d return to Miami for the 2021 season:

This is obviously huge for the Canes in many ways. King has been not only one of the most electric players in college football this year, but his leadership is so important to a program who has had issues with QB play and overall maturity in the locker room. Miami finished the regular season with a record of 8-2, but who knows how they would have fared this year if D’Eriq hadn’t transferred in January. There would’ve been a great chance that they would have finished under .500 for the second year in a row. Under normal rules, King wouldn’t have been able to come back next year, but the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to all players due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Miami opens up the 2021 against Bama, so if we have any sort of chance against them, it’s great knowing that we have King back instead of possibly having Tyler Van Dyke or Jake Garcia making their first career starts versus Nick Saban. Another big part of King’s decision is that is gives more reason for other players to come back who were thinking of declaring for the draft, most notably Brevin Jordan and Mike Harley, two of his top pass-catchers. So far the only Canes to declare have been edge rushers Jalaen Phillips & Quincy Roche, as well as kicker Jose Borregales


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