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Hurricanes’ D’Eriq King (knee) leaves Cheez-It Bowl after announcing return to Miami

D'Eriq King, Cheez-It Bowl, Hurricanes, Oklahoma State

The Cheez-It Bowl made the wrong U-turn for the Miami Hurricanes and D’Eriq King against Oklahoma State.

It has been quite and up and down week for the Hurricanes football team and King. With King transferring to Miami from the Houston Cougars program ahead of the 2019 campaign, the veteran signal caller just recently announced that he would be returning for one more go-round as a member of the Hurricanes in 2021.

However, on Tuesday evening during this year’s installment of the Cheez-It Bowl, D’Eriq King suffered what initially seemed to be a significant knee injury while he will not return to action down in Orlando against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

The No. 18 Hurricanes and D’Eriq King currently trail the No. 21 Cowboys by the score of 21-10 at halftime.

It is also worth noting that D’Eriq King apparently did not want to be carted off as he was forced into the locker room area. Instead, he slowly made his way off the field of play with some assistance from Miami’s training and medical staff.

D’Eriq King suffered the setback as he attempted to bypass a defender while his knee buckled under him with just over four minutes remaining in the second quarter at Camping World Stadium. As a result of King’s absence for the remainder of the first half and presumably beyond, he was replaced by fellow Miami quarterback N’Kosi Perry.

The 23-year-old D’Eriq King just announced on Saturday that he has elected to indeed return for a whopping sixth collegiate campaign, and a second down in Miami, with the NCAA granting seniors the option to return in 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Miami was pounded by North Carolina in the Hurricanes’ regular-season finale. That loss knocked the Canes out of the Orange Bowl and into the much less prestigious Cheez-It Bowl. D’Eriq King hoped to bounce back in this postseason game, but he won’t get the chance to do so.