Miami QB King exits Cheez-It Bowl with injury

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Miami starting quarterback D’Eriq King left Tuesday’s Cheez-It Bowl in the first half with an apparent injury to his right leg.

King, a fifth-year senior and graduate transfer, had to be helped off the field by training staff and appeared to be favoring the leg as he was taken back to the locker room for examination.

This season, King has been among the ACC’s leaders in multiple statistical categories. He is tied for second in the ACC in passing touchdowns, third in total offense, third in passer rating and fourth in passing yards per game.

On Saturday, King announced that he was taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility the NCAA allowed all athletes to return to Miami in 2021. He arrived at Miami in January after spending four years at Houston.

Coming into Tuesday’s game against Oklahoma State, King had thrown for 2,573 yards, 22 touchdowns and just five interceptions while completing 63.6% of his passes. His completion percentage is tops at Miami all time, ahead of the 62.3% mark set by Bernie Kosar in 1984. King also rushed for 520 yards and four touchdowns prior to Tuesday’s game.

In 2018, King’s junior season at Houston was cut short by a torn meniscus in his right knee.

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