A few days later Tyler Van Dyke Criticize the family atmosphere at Hard Rock Stadium, he and the Miami Hurricanes dropped a stink bomb, giving their fans less of a reason to turn up in person for The U. Their 45-31 loss to Middle Tennessee State started with Van Dyke going over the hurdle on his first two throws before he was benched in the third round, to the sound of warm applause not seen since Spencer Rattler’s hit at Oklahoma last year.
In early September, Van Dyke, like Anthony of Florida Richardson, has been discussed as one of the rising players of college football. He was also seen as a cornerstone in The U’s rebuilding plan under freshman coach Mario Cristobal. Since the competition became more intense, the storms’ Air attack was done on the runway. They are only in the top 50 in passing yards per game and Van Dyke, who has been discharged all seasons, have not solidified themselves as a top 5 ACC passer. Single fights can be rushed, but Van Dyke barely made it past the 200 yards and 50 percent completion rate ahead of Texas A&M last weekend and couldn’t lead the assault on the final zone. in their 17-9 loss.
U’s early-season woes could get worse as they move into the ACC portion of their schedule, which will kick off with UNC in two weeks.and Van Dyke may be headed for freefall. In the ACC hierarchy, he tends to go down while DJ Uiagalelei, Sam Hartman, Drake Maye, and Devin Leary is on the rise.
Miami isn’t alone in its struggle with attracting fans to an off-campus NFL stadium in a city where college students have ample options for how to spend their time. USC’s Lincoln Riley and Mario Williams hit the ground running, despite running through a pothole for Oregon State. Unlike Williams, Van Dyke may not have juice, to execute a program.
The overall talent at The U is unremarkable, especially in the receiver. Record-setting recipients Charleston Rambo and Mike Harley move to the NFL. In the game against Texas A&M, Van Dyke lost player Xavier Restrepo to a leg injury. He ended up making the fourth down throw he needed to keep their last drive alive, but receiver Brashard Smith missed the receiver’s seventh pass of the game.
In relief of Van Dyke against Middle Tennessee State, Hurricanes backup Jake Garcia flourished in comparison. New offensive coordinator Josh Gattis’ offense relies on the deep passing game. On Saturday, Garcia’s average depth of target on throws were double Van Dyke’s, who threw behind the line of scrimmage on over 60 percent of his throws according to Pro Football Focus.
Overall, Van Dyke has struggled to adapt to the regime change more than anything. Cristobal did not recruit Van Dyke. Under previous offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee’s up-tempo spread offense, Van Dyke was the commander of a quick-strike explosive passing attack. Charleston Rambo set the school’s single-season reception and receiving yardage record while Van Dyke was responsible for a 25:6 touchdown-interception ratio in 10 starts.
Piling on Van Dyke being benched so early on against an inferior opponent they were favored over by 25 ½ points might seem reactionary, but this is about more than Van Dyke. Van Dyke’s benching appears to have been a temporary move, but one that could have repercussions down the road. Based on critical comments Van Dyke made to Jordan Palmer about The U, he doesn’t even sound happy playing there.
In this day and age of the transfer portal, Van Dyke will have options outside of Coral Gables if the weapons don’t formulate around him soon. Van Dyke’s former coordinator, Lashlee, is now the offensive coordinator at SMU, which should be in the market for a quarterback in 2022, boasts a top-10 passing offense and they play inside an on-campus stadium. Van Dyke wouldn’t have to question the passion of fans in Texas, either. If Van Dyke’s fortunes don’t turn at Miami, he may be a candidate for 2023’s top transfer portal signal caller.