Earlier this week D’Eriq King announced he’s red shirting the rest of 2019 so he is eligble to play in 2020.
“I came here to play football for the University of Houston and that is not changing,” King said in a statement. “After carefully thinking through this process with my family and coach Holgorsen, 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.”
Despite King claiming to stay in Houston, the rumor mill is flying.
Dave Cokin’s got a point. Especially when you consider King took a considerable drop in output this year compared to last. Last season he passed for 2,982 yards, 36 touchdowns and six interceptions, while rushing for 674 yards and 14 scores. This year, he’s completed just 52.7 percent of his passes and averaged just 6.0 yards per pass attempt; both are career lows.
Oh and King’s father, Eric, told Mark Berman of FOX-KRIV 26 in Houston that he wanted his son to leave the program. But I don’t blame him, Holgorson is burning Houston to the ground.
So where could D’eriq King go in 2020? Maybe Oklahoma, the home of wayward QBs.
If I was a talented QB looking to transfer and reach my full potential that’s where I’d go. Lincoln Riley has taken three straight transfers and made each of them shine. Not to mention, the Sooners have produced the last two Heisman Trophy winners by turning around transfers Baker Mayfield (Texas Tech) and Kyler Murray (Texas A&M). This year, the Sooners have a legitimate shot of producing a third In Jalen Hurts (Alabama).
I’m not the only one who think’s its a good idea..
While the King-Riley-Oklahoma nexus does sound fun, OU still has two very talented QB’s in reserve next season. Neither Tanner Mordecai or Spencer Rattler will just roll over and let King – or any other transfer – start without a fight.
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