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Miami QB D’Eriq King has taken full advantage of transfer rules

He committed to one school (TCU) way back in 2015, then fashionably de-committed.

He committed to another school (Houston) as it fashionably touted its 2016 recruiting class.

He saw the head coach (Tom Herman) leave after one season, which was pretty fashionable.

He (King) proved fashionably versatile in a sport (among other sports) becoming more position-less.

He played two years for another coach (Major Applewhite), who got fired with fashionable haste.

Come late September 2019, he (King) ventured to the fashion vanguard, accepting his third coach’s advice to follow a new redshirt rule.

Come January 2020, he entered the fashionable transfer portal, announcing it fashionably by tweet during the national championship game.

In winter 2020, he transferred, the foremost fashion.

“Just playing with these guys for the first few weeks and getting a bye week, I think I have a better feel for what guys are good at,” he said this week in Miami’s media sessions. The quotation told of a quick-study necessity that, too, is fashionable.

So start with the transfer and work back.

Transfers grip the game as never before, their stigmas deceased and their pathways ever less cluttered. In the 2019-20 College Football Playoff, three of the four starting quarterbacks had transferred from other major programs, leaving 2021 NFL No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence as the only one of the four as a one-school throwback.

When LSU quarterback Joe Burrow stood in New York in December 2019 to accept the Heisman Trophy, that made it three straight Heisman winners who had transferred from one FBS program to another. Among the 82 Heisman winners before that, only two had transferred from another major school, Cam Newton (2010) and Felix “Doc” Blanchard (1945), the latter switching from North Carolina to Army after he signed up for the Army during World War II.

“He’s just a very consistent young man,” Miami offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said of King. “I mean, he’s the same kid every day … He’s so even-keeled. Again, he’s so consistent on game day. And you know, I think we’ve got a pretty good idea of putting him in position where he can just go play.” These days, the learning must speed up, especially when the coach himself has just transferred, as Lashlee did last winter from SMU.

Long before that, in late September 2019, Houston had fallen to 1-3 under yet another first-year coach, Dana Holgorsen. The Cougars had slipped there with a last-play loss to Tulane on a 53-yard touchdown catch by Jalen McCleskey, who in 2018 had used a new redshirt rule and had transferred, from Oklahoma State. The rule, installed mostly to help out athletes, allowed players to play up to four games in a season and then redshirt without burning that year of eligibility. Some saw Houston’s use of the rule with a senior quarterback as suboptimal. Others saw it as tanking on a season soured. Others saw it as clever fashion, which is often controversial.

Yet in part because the rule