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Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke was benched in the loss to Middle Tennessee

miami hurricanes Quarterback Tyler Van Dyke has had a rough week.

It started last Saturday night, when Van Dyke and the Miami Hurricanes faced a tough test on the road, traveling to College Station to face Texas A&M. Van Dyke and Miami’s passing game floundered in that contest, as the quarterback completed 21 of 41 passes for 217 yards, staying out of the end zone as the Hurricanes managed just three field goals in a losing 17 -9.

In the buildup to that game, Van Dyke sat down with former NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer on Palmer’s podcast, “The Room.” Palmer, who now trains quarterbacks privately and has registered with the XFL as his Director of Quarterback Development, asked Van Dyke if he preferred to play on the road or at home. With the upcoming visit to College Station, Van Dyke talked about going on tour and calming down the fans, and then contrasted than with the atmosphere at Hard Rock Stadium:

I like away games more. … We don’t really have much of a college vibe because we play Hard Rock. We’re about 25 minutes from campus, so a lot of students don’t turn up most of the game unless it’s a big game. That’s why I like to go to the visiting stadiums and see that college vibe and make the crowds shut up.

Van Dyke and the Hurricanes had a chance at a make-up game at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday night against visiting Middle Tennessee State. Both teams entered with a 2-1 record, with Miami still ranked, sitting 25th in the latest AP poll.

Miami will not be ranked in this week’s poll.

The visitors created a couple of big plays early, intercepting Van Dyke on his first and then third pass attempts of the game, en route to defeating the Hurricanes 45-31. Van Dyke and the rest of Miami would face boos by halftime, and the quarterback was benched in the third quarter for backup Jake Garcia.

The first interception came when Van Dyke stared at a wide-left receiver, leading defenders to the ball. Decorian Patterson jumped the route, creating the early rotation and setting up Middle Tennessee with incredible field position:

The Blue Raiders were limited to one field goal despite starting in the red zone and built an early 3-0 lead. But they would build that lead on Van Dyke’s next pass attempt:

Defensive end Zaylin Wood deflected a pass at scrimmage before catching it himself and returning it 15 yards for the touchdown. The extra point gave the Blue Raiders a 10-0 lead and they didn’t look back.

Wood would have a hand on Van Dyke’s last play of the night, as his sack of the Miami quarterback on a third down early in the third quarter would be the final play by the Hurricanes’ quarterbacks. Garcia took charge as Van Dyke looked on with the Hurricanes trailing 31-10, and would finish the game completing 10 of 19 passes for 169 yards.

Miami also scored three touchdowns with Garcia under center.

After the game, there was a lot of soul searching in the Miami locker room.

“They trained better than us, they played better than us.” said Hurricanes head coach Mario Cristóbal after the loss. “They were better. We didn’t do a good enough job. There is no excuse. Real men look in the mirror and do something about it and don’t allow cracks from within. We all came here for a purpose and a reason. We have a lot of work to do.”

Miami lineman Jalen Rivers wondered about the team’s motivation heading into the game. “We look at that team, ‘Oh, we’re going to win this game.’ So we came in obviously unmotivated… and got punched in the mouth.”

As for Van Dyke, the rough week comes to an end with more questions … about his draft actions. With the promise of the game from him last season, where he took over as the team’s starting quarterback and earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors, Van Dyke was a feature on many “early mock drafts” this summer. . As you can see in this chart, courtesy of the NFL Mock Draft Database, Van Dyke was a first-round fixture over the summer:

But when August gave way to September, Van Dyke’s stock took a big hit.

With this latest loss, that stock is likely to take an even bigger hit, turning a bad week into perhaps something more.


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