Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke has had a tough week.
It started final Saturday evening, when Van Dyke and the Miami Hurricanes confronted a stern check on the highway, touring to School Station to tackle Texas A&M. Van Dyke and the Miami passing sport sputtered in that contest, because the quarterback accomplished 21 of 41 passes for 217 yards, and was held out of the tip zone because the Hurricanes managed simply three area targets within the 17-9 loss.
Within the build-up to that sport, Van Dyke sat down with former NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer on Palmer’s podcast, “The Room.” Palmer, who now coaches quarterbacks privately and has signed on with the XFL as their Director of Quarterback Improvement, requested Van Dyke whether or not he most well-liked taking part in on the highway, or at dwelling. With the go to to School Station developing, Van Dyke talked about happening the highway and quieting followers, after which contrasted that with the ambiance at Laborious Rock Stadium:
I like away video games higher. … We don’t actually have a lot of a faculty ambiance as a result of we play at Laborious Rock. So we’re about 25 minutes away from campus, so loads of college students don’t go up a lot of the sport except it’s a giant sport. That’s why I like going into away stadiums and seeing that faculty ambiance and making the gang quiet.
Van Dyke and the Hurricanes had an opportunity for a bounce-back sport, at Laborious Rock Stadium, this Saturday evening in opposition to visiting Center Tennessee State. Each groups entered with a 2-1 report, with Miami nonetheless ranked, sitting at #25 within the newest AP ballot.
Miami won’t be ranked on this week’s ballot.
The guests created a pair of massive performs early, intercepting Van Dyke on his first after which his third passing try of the sport, en path to their 45-31 upset of the Hurricanes. Van Dyke and the remainder of Miami can be dealing with boos by halftime, and the quarterback was benched within the third quarter for backup Jake Garcia.
The primary interception got here as Van Dyke stared down a receiver within the left flat, main the defenders to the ball. Decorian Patterson jumped the route, creating the early turnover and setting Center Tennessee up with unbelievable area place:
The Blue Raiders had been held to a area objective regardless of beginning within the purple zone, and claimed an early 3-0 lead. However they might construct that lead on Van Dyke’s subsequent passing try:
Defensive finish Zaylin Wooden deflected a go on the line of scrimmage, earlier than catching it himself and returning it 15 yards for the landing. The additional level gave the Blue Raiders a 10-0 lead, and they might not look again.
Wooden would have a hand in Van Dyke’s ultimate play of the evening, as his sack of the Miami quarterback on a 3rd down early within the third quarter can be the Hurricanes passers final snap of the evening. Garcia took over as Van Dyke seemed on with the Hurricanes trailing 31-10, and he would end the sport by finishing 10 of 19 passes for 169 yards.
Miami additionally scored three touchdowns with Garcia beneath heart.
After the sport, there was loads of soul-searching happening within the Miami locker room.
“They coached higher than us, they performed higher than us,” mentioned Hurricanes head coach Mario Cristobal after the loss. “They had been higher. We didn’t do a adequate job. There’s no excuse. Actual males look within the mirror and do one thing about it and don’t enable any cracks to occur from the within. All of us got here right here for a goal and a purpose. We’ve obtained loads of work to do.”
Miami lineman Jalen Rivers questioned concerning the crew’s motivation heading into the sport. “We checked out that crew, ‘Oh, we’re going to win this sport.’ So we got here in clearly unmotivated … and we obtained punched within the mouth.”
Relating to Van Dyke, the tough week attracts to an in depth with additional questions … about his draft inventory. On the promise of his play final season, the place he took over because the crew’s beginning quarterback and earned ACC Rookie of the 12 months honors, Van Dyke was a function in lots of “early mock drafts” this summer time. As you possibly can see from this graph, courtesy of NFL Mock Draft Database, Van Dyke was a fixture within the first spherical over the summer time:
However as August gave option to September, Van Dyke’s inventory took a giant hit.
With this newest loss, that inventory most likely takes a good greater hit, turning a nasty week into maybe one thing extra.