The 2021 Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List was released on Monday, and a member of the Miami Hurricanes was on the list. Quarterback D’Eriq King made the cut after a successful 2020 season in Coral Gables.
King passed for 2,686 yards, 23 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He had many memorable performances last season. Statistically, none was bigger than against North Carolina State. He shone brightly under the Friday night lights, going 31-of-41 on the afternoon, throwing for 430 yards and five touchdowns.
With a veteran group of wide receivers, King could have a realistic shot at winning this award. Mike Harley, newcomer Charleston Rambo, Dee Wiggins and Mark Pope all figure to have sizable roles in the offense this year. The Hurricanes have tremendous depth at the position, and wide receiver should be a strength for this team, unlike in past years.
With this being King’s second year under Rhett Lashlee, things could be even better than they were last year. He had a great year. However, there were times when he looked indecisive in terms of whether to run or pass the football. If he can get that under control, the Miami Hurricanes will be even more lethal offensively than they were at times last year.
2021’s Maxwell list features accomplished quarterbacks in contention for the award. The last member of the Miami Hurricanes to receive this award was Ken Dorsey in 2001. If King were to win this award, he would certainly be placed in good company.
King will have a chance to grab the national spotlight September 3, when Miami takes on a revamped Alabama Crimson Tide squad. Assuming King is healthy and ready to go, that could be a big moment for him and the program. A win could vault Miami to national prominence once again.
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