Yahoo! Sports writer suggests 2 SEC powers as potential landing spots for Houston QB D'Eriq King
Earlier this year, Houston QB D’Eriq King broke a Tim Tebow record for most consecutive games (15) with a touchdown both running and passing. After four games, however, King opted to redshirt for the remainder of the 2019 season, preserving his final season of eligibility.
While it has been suggested that Houston’s many redshirts, including King, are a coach-suggested plan to boost the 2020 squad, many analysts are skeptical that King will spend his final season with the Cougars.
Prominent college sports writer Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports sees two SEC title contenders as potential landing spots for King:
There’s little chance that King will return to Houston, as he’s expected to enter the transfer portal in the postseason and garner interest from top programs like LSU, Georgia and Florida State. (Former Houston OC Kendal Briles is the offensive coordinator at FSU, and wherever Briles is coaching next year would loom as a potential landing spot for King.) Don’t discount LSU, which will need to replace Heisman favorite Joe Burrow.
Fromm entered his junior season talked about as potential high pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Should Fromm depart, it leaves UGA with a huge question mark at quarterback next season.
If King were to go to LSU, his biggest competition figures to be class of 2017 signee Myles Brennan and class of 2019 signee Peter Parrish. The Tigers also have 4-star pro-style prospect Max Johnson committed for 2020.
Thamel mentioned FSU as a possibility due to the Briles connection, but it’s worth mentioning that King also has coach connections at Alabama and Florida.
Major Applewhite, currently an analyst at Alabama, was Houston’s head coach for King’s first three seasons on campus (2016-18). Applewhite’s offensive coordinator for the 2017 season was Brian Johnson, Florida’s current QB coach.
King appeared in 10 games for the Cougars that year, going 90-of-139 passing for 1,260 yards, 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. King also ran the ball 72 times for 379 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2017.
While Tua Tagovailoa is expected to leave Alabama for the NFL, King might not be interested in competing with Mac Jones, Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson even if he’s interested in reuniting with Applewhite.
The Gators could have an interesting quarterback competition next year if Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask and Emory Jones all elect to return to the program for the 2020 season.
Where King decides to play in 2020 will certainly be a closely followed CFB story.