QB of the future? Miami's Tyler Van Dyke impresses in 1st half vs. Pittsburgh
Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke was the star of the show in the first half vs. Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon.
In a game that was supposed to be controlled by Pittsburgh and Heisman candidate Kenny Pickett, Van Dyke dominated early and showed enormous potential for the future.
Van Dyke completed his first six passes, including a 57-yard trick play that gave the Hurricanes an early 14-7 lead. Miami controlled things from there, taking a 31-17 lead into the break.
In total, Van Dyke completed 15-of-21 passes for 267 yards and 2 touchdowns. This performance comes on the heels of a 325-yard, 4 touchdown day vs. NC State last week.
His ability to hit receivers down field also opened up the Hurricanes’ running game in the first half.
Running back Jaylan Knight scored twice, rushing the ball 9 times for 64 yards. In total, Miami’s offense averaged a staggering 9.3 yards per play in the first half.
Here’s some of the reaction to Van Dyke’s incredible first half vs. the Panthers:
The last time a University of Miami backup quarterback wearing #9 took over for an injured starter was in 1982 when Mark Richt stepped in for Jim Kelly. Tyler Van Dyke is better than Mark Richt. And the TV announcers are already calling him TVD. pic.twitter.com/K5QPcdJ0XL
— Jeff Kleinman (@jeffkleinman) October 30, 2021
Kenny Pickett vs. Tyler Van Dyke is the shootout of the year in the ACC.
Just like we all predicted before the season.
— Cory Smith (@RCorySmith) October 30, 2021
we say this all the damn time but Miami has a freshman QB who looks like he could be the real deal 😒
tyler van dyke almost 300yds passing in the first half + 2tds , miami leads 31-17 😎 pic.twitter.com/vF1YMBC1Rq
— 😎 (@5teelersfan) October 30, 2021
Tyler Van Dyke is for real!!!
— Fried Spicy Chicken Tender (@McCartney_NFL) October 30, 2021
Does Tyler Van Dyke replace Pickett in the Heisman conversation?
— TheGuy (@TheGuy5919) October 30, 2021
Miami QB Tyler Van Dyke in the first half vs. No. 17 Pitt: 15/21, 267 yards and two touchdowns. pic.twitter.com/4M6nm64kAo
— Antwan V. Staley (@antwanstaley) October 30, 2021
Tyler Van Dyke on pace for over 500 passing yards. Miami might’ve found their guy
— Adam Rothe (@adman703) October 30, 2021
Tyler Van Dyke looking like a CANE!
— Ryan Clement (@clementbluechip) October 30, 2021
Tyler Van Dyke is good. So is Jaylan Knighton. Miami's defense is young but talented.
This isn't that same Miami team that lost to Bama and Michigan State (which aren't bad losses anyways). They're just finding their stride.
— Nick Farabaugh (@Nick_Farabaugh) October 30, 2021
Kenny Pickett and Tyler Van Dyke combined for 577 passing yards at the half
— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) October 30, 2021
Tyler Van Dyke is cooking , sheesh.
Knighton doin his thing too.
— HEAT NATION (@Zachppp) October 30, 2021