Miami quarterback D’Eriq King is out for the season with a shoulder injury, coach Manny Diaz announced on his weekly radio show Monday.
Diaz told 560 WQAM radio in Miami that King will have surgery on his right shoulder, and freshman Tyler Van Dyke will start moving forward.
King injured the shoulder in the third game of the season against Michigan State, but finished the 38-17 home loss. He missed the next two games, including a heartbreaking last-second 30-28 loss to Virginia in their most recent game on Sept. 30.
A spring 2020 transfer out of Houston, King returned to Miami for his sixth season with high hopes for a big year after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee in the Cheez-It Bowl last December against Oklahoma State. He spent the entire offseason rehabbing multiple times a day to make it back in time for the season opener against Alabama. In three games, King threw for 767 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.
King entered the year widely touted as one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks. He is the most accurate passer in Miami history and has accounted for 111 touchdowns, 76 of them passing, 32 more rushing and three receiving. No player in college football over the past 20 years has had as many touchdowns in each of those categories.
Van Dyke started both games while King was out, throwing for 473 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Little-used freshman Peyton Matocha is the backup to Van Dyke. Jake Garcia injured an ankle in Miami’s win over Central Connecticut State and is out until at least November after he had surgery.
Miami plays at North Carolina on Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.