One of the top available quarterbacks in the transfer portal is off the board. Former Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke committed to Wisconsin Tuesday, giving coach Luke Fickell experience at the position heading into a new-look Big Ten next fall. Van Dyke was the No. 12 quarterback available in the transfer portal according to 247Sports.
Van Dyke had a rollercoaster career in South Florida. He started with a bang by winning ACC Rookie of the Year during the 2021 campaign. The low point came this season when he was benched for freshman Emory Williams prior to the Nov. 11 loss to Florida State. Van Dyke was forced to reenter in that game after Williams went down with an injury and he started the final two games of the season against Louisville and Boston College.
Though Van Dyke threw for 2,703 yards and 19 touchdowns, he also had a career-high 12 picks — more than the previous two years combined. Van Dyke’s departure leaves the Hurricanes with two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster — Williams and redshirt freshman Jacurri Brown.
This isn’t the first time Fickell has used the transfer portal to find an experienced quarterback. Last offseason Wisconsin landed former SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai from the transfer portal. The sixth-year senior started nine games for the 7-5 Badgers.
A fresh start
The writing was on the wall that Van Dyke wasn’t going to be the starter going into next year if he stayed at Miami. Once upon a time, Van Dyke was considered by many to be a future a first-round NFL Draft pick. One would think a standout season with the Badgers could revive…