For D’Eriq King and Houston, this seemed to be the only inevitable ending.
In September, King announced that he had decided to voluntarily sideline himself for the remainder of the 2019 season and take a redshirt. One day later, the quarterback indicated he was staying with the Cougars. When November rolled around, however, it was reported that there was little chance D’Eriq King would return to Houston.
Monday night, in a simple statement posted to Twitter, King confirmed he’s on his way out.
“I’ve entered the portal I think it’s best for me and my family.”
I’ve entered the portal I think it’s best for me and my family!
— King (@DeriqKing_) January 14, 2020
King immediately becomes one of the hottest targets on the free-agent market. As a graduate transfer, he would be eligible to play immediately in 2020.
His last full season with the Cougars, King passed for 2,982 yards and 36 touchdowns. The then-redshirt sophomore threw just six interceptions in 345 attempts in 2018. He also ran for 674 yards that year and added another 14 touchdowns on the ground.
That season, King became just the third quarterback in FBS history with at least 35 passing touchdowns and 13 rushing in a single campaign.
In September of 2019, prior to his decision to sit out the rest of the season, King broke Tim Tebow‘s record by scoring a rushing and passing touchdown in 15 straight games.