Miami's Tyler Van Dyke says '5-7 is not cutting it,' calls 2022 season 'awful'
Miami underachieved in Year 1 under coach Mario Cristobal.
That led to a good bit of staff turnover this offseason and a renewed sense of urgency within the locker room. With spring ball approaching, the team’s leaders are speaking out about where the standard needs to be.
“Nobody likes losing, 5-7 is not cutting it,” quarterback Tyler Van Dyke said during an appearance on ESPN’s In Play. “It’s awful. At Miami, we’re a championship program and we have to play at that level. Just thinking about being 5-7, it makes me upset and all the other guys upset as well.
“I don’t think we’ve worked harder in my time here (than) in these past 2 months.”
Van Dyke — a popular name among NFL Draft writers prior to the 2022 season — was also asked about the idea of leaving a personal legacy at The U, but deflected and said the only thing he’s focused on as the 2023 campaign approaches is winning football games.
“5-7 is not cutting it. It’s awful.” ICYMI Miami QB Tyler Van Dyke told me and @ADavidHaleJoint on In Play earlier today why last season is adding fuel to the fire. pic.twitter.com/3a9SBvieYs
— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) February 28, 2023
Van Dyke will be a fourth-year junior in 2023. Entering the 2022 campaign, he was viewed as one of the best quarterbacks in the country and, because of that, Miami had big expectations in Mario Cristobal’s debut season.
But things never quite clicked. Van Dyke’s per-pass efficiency dropped and he threw just 10 touchdowns compared to 25 the year prior. Miami averaged 5.3 yards per play (89th nationally) and was on the wrong end of blowouts in 3 of the final 4 weeks of the season.
Cristobal made significant staff changes, notably moving on from offensive coordinator Josh Gattis and installing former Houston assistant Shannon Dawson in his place.
The Hurricanes begin spring practice on Saturday.