Hurricanes quarterback Jake Garcia entering the transfer portal

Miami Hurricanes quarterback Jake Garcia (13) walks off the field after the Hurricanes lost to the Pittsburgh Panthers 16-42 during an ACC conference football game at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, November 26, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Miami Hurricanes quarterback Jake Garcia (13) walks off the discipline after the Hurricanes misplaced to the Pittsburgh Panthers 16-42 throughout an ACC convention soccer sport at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, November 26, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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Quarterback Jake Garcia — who enrolled at UM two years in the past with visions of difficult Tyler Van Dyke to succeed D’Eriq King as the Hurricanes beginning quarterback — has determined to enter the transfer portal, his father Randy instructed The Miami Herald on Tuesday.

Garcia ended up beginning just one sport at UM, and showing in eight others, throughout two seasons with the Hurricanes.

He struggled with turnovers final season (4 interceptions, 4 misplaced fumbles) and UM managed solely 4 discipline objectives (and a Garcia two-point conversion run) in his one begin, a 14-12 time beyond regulation win at Virginia.

Randy Garcia declined to elucidate his son’s reasoning for transferring. The deadline for gamers to enter the portal is Thursday; a second window to transfer opens in May.

ESPN mentioned that Garcia is seeking to enroll at one other college instantly and take part in spring apply, with the hope of incomes a beginning job. He’s eligible to play elsewhere in 2023.

His departure leaves UM with three quarterbacks on scholarship: Van Dyke, Jacurri Brown and freshman Emory Williams, who enrolled this week. Peyton Matocha participated in Senior Day in November and reportedly left the program with eligibility remaining.

Garcia arrived at UM as a consensus top-10 quarterback prospect in the 2021 class; Rivals and 247 rated him the forty seventh and forty eighth finest participant, respectively, in that recruiting class.

He appeared in a single sport as a freshman, finishing 11 of 14 passes for 147 yards and throwing two touchdowns in a blowout in opposition to Central Connecticut.

This previous season, he went 7 for 7 for 88 yards in the opener in opposition to Bethune Cookman and a couple of for two for 15 yards in opposition to Southern Mississippi, then gave the crew a little bit of spark in a loss to Middle Tennessee State, changing Van Dyke and finishing 10 of 19 passes for 169 yards.

But he struggled in his subsequent few appearances. He threw two touchdowns, but in addition three interceptions and misplaced two fumbles Oct. 22 in opposition to Duke, torpedoing any likelihood of a comeback victory.

The subsequent week, he managed 148 passing yards, on 15 for 31 accuracy, in the begin in opposition to Virginia.

He threw two passes in reduction in opposition to FSU; one was accomplished for a yard and the different was intercepted.

UM opted to begin Brown, the freshman, in opposition to Clemson. Garcia entered in reduction late in the sport and accomplished three passes, together with a landing.

Garcia performed properly in reduction in the finale in opposition to Pittsburgh, finishing 17 of 28 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

He completed his UM profession finishing 79 of 129 passes for 950 yards, seven touchdowns, 4 interceptions and 4 misplaced fumbles.

Garcia initially dedicated to Southern California earlier than flipping to Miami. He had a novel highschool journey, taking part in for 5 faculties in 4 years.

He spent most of his highschool profession taking part in in his native state of California earlier than transferring to Georgia when COVID-19 pressured the cancellation of highschool soccer in California.

He performed in Valdosta HIgh’s season opener in 2020, however the college needed to forfeit that win after he was dominated ineligible. Then he transferred to Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga.

If Garcia had returned, he probably would have competed with Brown for the No. 2 jobs behind Van Dyke.

Van Dyke is returning as UM’s unquestioned starter. He has thrown for 4,766 yards, 35 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 19 video games the previous two seasons and at one level was projected as a future first-round NFL Draft selection after 2021.

He struggled early final season whereas adapting to a brand new offense. During the second half of the season, he was sidelined for 3 video games and components of two others due to a shoulder harm. He closed final season with 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.

Garcia is at the very least the nineteenth Hurricanes participant that has or intends to enter the transfer portal this offseason. Many of these gamers left after it turned clear they might not get a lot, or any, taking part in time if they’d remained at UM.

This story was initially revealed January 17, 2023 5:13 PM.

Barry Jackson has written for the Miami Herald since 1986 and has written the Florida Sports Buzz column since 2002.

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