New Miami coach Mario Cristobal gives first impression of QB Tyler Van Dyke
Miami coach Mario Cristobal seems to know what he has in freshman quarterback Tyler Van Dyke.
Although Cristobal spent this season on the other side of the country, he offered some analysis of the talented quarterback on Tuesday. Suffice it to say, he’s been impressed with what he’s seen on film.
“It’s obvious watching from afar there’s not a better quarterback in the country,” Cristobal said.
"It's obvious watching from afar there's not a better quarterback in the country," Mario Cristobal says of Tyler Van Dyke. https://t.co/Li4QRNfOcA
— David Wilson (@DBWilson2) December 7, 2021
The numbers over the second half of the season are hard to argue with. Van Dyke threw for 300+ yards and 3+ touchdowns in six consecutive games down the stretch. That run of production came after Miami’s offense struggled mightily early in the year with D’Eriq King under center.
Van Dyke will need to find a new No. 1 receiver, as Charleston Rambo is moving on to the NFL after a record-setting season. But star running back Jaylan Knighton is expected to be back and Miami could look for even more impactful offensive options in the transfer portal.
Van Dyke finished the season with 2,931 yards and 25 touchdowns in just 8 starts. His passer efficiency rating of 160.10 was good enough for second in the ACC, behind only Heisman Trophy finalist Kenny Pickett.
Miami faces Washington State in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.