Miami will actually have an offense in 2020 thanks to the off season additions Manny Diaz has made.
Simple and Clean
First off, Diaz added former SMU OC, Rhett Lashlee. Lashlee has a respectable resume and in his first season on the Hilltop, the Mustang offense ranked 27th nationally in passing offense at 271.7 yards per game. At Miami, he’s focused on installing a face paced offense that is not over complicated.
A simple offense is just what the Canes need considering their turnover/rebuild status. Which brings me to my next point, the addition of transfer QB D’eriq King. King is known as one of the most dynamic players in the league and is ranked as one of Athlon Sports’ top 50 players returning in 2020.
Dynamic is the best way to sum up King’s career with the Cougars from 2016-19. The Texas native received playing time as a receiver in 2016 before moving back to quarterback in ’17. King accounted for 1,639 total yards that year and delivered a monster all-around campaign the following season. Over 11 appearances for Houston, King accounted for 3,656 total yards and 50 overall scores. King took a redshirt season after playing in four games in 2019.An early ranking of college football’s top 50 returning players for 2020 – Athlon Sports
Considering Lashlee’s offensive plan and King’s experience, King should have a great chance at being a “plug and play” transfer QB in 2020.
In addition to Lashlee and King, Diaz also brought in a no. 13 recruiting class, (per 247 Sports). New freshmen like 3-star WR’s Dazalin Worsham and Xavier Restrepo, and 4-star RBs Don Chaney and Jaylan Knighton have the potential to get serious playing time in 2020. At the very lest they will provide depth and competition for veteran players.
Questions heading into 2020
Are there still questions around Miami’s offense? Sure. They’re offensive line was shaky last year although it did show improvements, the team is still relatively young, and they are relying on a brand new OC and QB to make a big difference. With that said, I still think Miami is in a good place heading into 2020 and it’s all thanks to those off season additions by Manny Diaz.