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D’Eriq King looks strong in debut win for Canes, Miami beats UAB 31-14

D’Eriq King looked the part of star quarterback as Miami opened the 2020 season with a win over UAB, 31-14.

King completed 16-of-24 pass attempts (66.7 percent) for 144 yards and one touchdown. The former Houston signal-caller also compiled 83 rushing yards on 12 carries, including a 12-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

King’s lone touchdown pass came in the third quarter when he hooked up with ace tight end Brevin Jordan. The junior tight end was Miami’s leading receiver, too: three receptions for 51 yards and the four-yard score.

Miami piled up 495 yards of total offense, which included 337 yards on the ground: 6.5 yards per carry. Running back Cam’Ron Harris led the way with 134 yards (17 carries) and two touchdowns.

This marked the 16th straight game with both a touchdown pass and a rushing touchdown for King, adding to a record that he broke last season at Houston. All in all, this is exactly what Miami fans and Manny Diaz wanted to see from King — one of the top players to transfer last offseason.

Back in January, King transferred to Miami from Houston. Now in place with a new offensive coordinator — Rhett Lashlee, who was brought in from SMU — King will look to replicate his 2018 output.

During the 2018 season at Houston, King completed 63.5 percent of his passes (8.6 yards per attempt) for 2,982 yards and 36 touchdowns. He ran for 14 touchdowns that season, too.

 

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