Miami lands 2 players on ESPN's list of best transfers of portal era
Miami has two players who made the cut for ESPN’s list of the 50 best transfers of the portal era, which it released on Wednesday.
The Hurricanes are represented by defensive lineman Jaelan Phillips and quarterback D’Eriq King.
Phillips made the list at No. 14 overall. He’s second highest-ranked defensive player to make the cut behind only Florida State’s Jermaine Johnson II. Phillips was excellent in his lone season with the Canes, totaling 15.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks during the 2020 season.
Here’s some analysis from ESPN’s Bill Connelly on Phillips’ lone year with Miami:
A cavalcade of injuries led to Phillips’ medical retirement in 2018, and he moved to Miami to study music production … then decided to play football again and put together one of the best one-year transfer performances you’ll ever see. With D’Eriq King on offense and Phillips on defense, Miami’s 2020 team became one of the models for how to turn your program around through the portal (even if the turnaround wasn’t permanent).
King came in at No. 34 on the list after he helped Miami have a turnaround season in 2020 under coach Manny Diaz. An ACL injury effectively ended his collegiate career in 2021, but not before he became a real difference-maker for Miami.
In 2020, King threw for 2,686 yards, 23 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions.