2022 Heisman: Tyler Van Dyke An Intriguing Sleeper Option

The Miami QB could have a big year under new coach

Before last season, many didn't know who Tyler Van Dyke was. The Miami quarterback didn't play a second of his freshman season, instead sitting behind then-starter D'Eriq King. After an early-season injury to King during the 2021 season, Van Dyke was thrust into his first real snaps of college football. He was extremely impressive in his first game as the starter, going 10-11 for 270 yards and three touchdowns. Not many players have that type of game taking their first snaps, but that was just the start of what would become a great season for the young QB last year, and what has some thinking he could be a serious contender for the Heisman Trophy award in 2022.

Van Dyke led the Hurricane's offense for the remainder of the season, and the team looked much better overall in his time as the starting QB. In the end, Van Dyke had a 66.2 completion percentage while averaging 365.7 passing yards per game. he threw for 20 touchdowns to just three total interceptions. This wasn't even a full season of work and he already had eye-popping numbers. His performance helped Miami qualify for a Bowl Game, but unfortunately, they had to withdraw from the Sun Bowl due to NCAA rules on a COVID outbreak. We didn't get to see Van Dyke perform in a bowl game, but that doesn't change the fact that he was phenomenal for his team in the time he was starting last year, and that is poised to continue over to the 2022 season.

The Hurricanes have been waiting a long time to get back their once-proud program that thoroughly dominated college football in the late 90s and early 2000s. It appears that the team is at last on the rise, and while Van Dyke may not be a generational QB to get them there (who knows, he could be), he will definitely make them competitive again. Miami has a new head coach with Mario Cristobal taking over this coming season, and he already has heaped high praise on his young signal-caller, calling him the best QB in the country. It isn't going to take very long into the season to find that out, as Miami has a date with the vaunted Texas A&M Aggies in Week 3. If Van Dyke shows out in that game and leads his team to a victory, you can pretty much guarantee that his Heisman Trophy odds are going to fly upwards.

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