Transfer quarterbacks have won the Heisman Trophy the past three NCAA seasons. Could Miami’s D’Eriq King, formerly of Houston, make it four in a row? Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on King’s Heisman Trophy chances and Miami’s 2020 college football season – assuming there is one – and an overview.
D’Eriq King Heisman Trophy Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season
King attended Manvel High School in Texas, and in his sophomore season wasn’t even close to starting – in fact, he started that year as the eighth string. Yet, King won the starting job within a few weeks and went on to have a magnificent high school career. As a senior, King broke the career Texas 6A passing touchdowns record of 117 set by Kyler Murray. King would finish passing for over 10,000 yards and rushed for over 3,000, throwing for 140 touchdowns and rushing for 48.
King was rated the No. 203 prospect in the nation for the Class of 2016. King originally committed to TCU, but surprised many by changing his mind and committing to Houston, which isn’t even a Power 5 program. However, King liked the way the program was moving under then-coach Tom Herman – but Herman didn’t stick around long and is now at Texas.
King entered his freshman year at Houston as a wide receiver and had 29 receptions for 228 yards and a touchdown. However, he became the team’s starting quarterback late in the 2017 season. He finished with the team lead with 1,260 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns while finishing third on the team with 29 receptions for 264 yards and two touchdowns.
However, King became nationally known in 2018 when he set the ACC touchdown responsible for in a season record with 50 despite missing the last 2.5 games with an injury. King led the nation in points responsible for per game with an average of 27.5, four points ahead of Heisman Trophy winner Kyler. King had a rushing touchdown in all 11 games and was one of only three QBs in FBS history with at least 35 passing TDs and 13 rushing TDs.
Last year, King made national news again but not for all the right reasons.
He played the first four games under new coach Dana Holgorsen and UH went 1-3. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound, dual-threat star threw for 663 yards and six touchdowns, and rushed for 312 and six touchdowns in 2019 in those four. He broke former Florida star Tim Tebow’s record by throwing and running for touchdowns in 15 consecutive games dating to 2018.
Then King made the unprecedented decision to redshirt the rest of the year to maintain eligibility for 2020 – players can redshirt these days if the don’t play more than four games.
“I have decided the opportunity to redshirt this season gives me the best chance to develop as a player, earn my degree and set me up for the best success in the future. I’m looking forward to being part of the success of this program going forward,” King said then.
King was ripped by many around the country for quitting on his team. He originally said he planned to return to Houston but later changed his mind and transferred to Miami, where he’s immediately eligible. He also considered Arkansas, LSU and Maryland.
King finished his Houston career fifth in school history with 82 touchdowns responsible for. His 82 career touchdowns responsible for since 2016 is ninth-most among active FBS quarterbacks in that span. He ranks second at Houston in passing efficiency (155.4), third in completion percentage (61.8%), sixth in passing touchdowns (50), eighth in total offense (6,346) and 10th in passing yards (4,925). He also rushed for 28 touchdowns and 1,421 yards.
Technically, King will have to beat out N’Kosi Perry and Tate Martell at Miami, but it would be a shock if King didn’t win the job. The Hurricanes have a new offensive coordinator, Rhett Lashlee, who spent last season at SMU, where the Mustangs were seventh in the FBS in scoring offense. In 2019, Miami averaged just 25.7 points per game (10th in the ACC) and 367.2 yards per game (12th).