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Brad Kaaya’s Sophomore year transition


kaaya_crop_north-300x200As a Freshman Quarterback it’s always a tough transition from high school ball into the NCAA. Brad Kaaya defeated the odds, and the adversity, as a very successful freshman leader for the Miami Hurricanes offense. Brad compiled 3,198 yards throwing, a 58.5 completion percentage, and a TD-INT ratio of 26-12. Not too shabby for a Hurricane team that only truly lost Seantrel Henderson (Bills), Brandon Lindor (Jaguars), Allen Hurns (Jaguars), and of course Veteran QB Stephen Morris (Jaguars).

It’s always tough shoes to fill at the QB position, especially with the presence of upperclassman competing with you for the same job, and have more experience with the current playbook. This day and age though, you seem to find more and more Freshman who take the reins of a collegiate college program and thrive. Some names come to mind with former Texas A&M Quarterback Johnny Manziel currently with the Browns, and first overall pick Florida ST Seminole Jameis Winston.

Every game Brad Kaaya was faced with last year, he has stepped up in big ways with his throwing, but also his accuracy and trust in his teammates around him. I mean sure when you have the likes of RB Duke Johnson, TE Clive Walford, WR Stacey Cooley, and even WR Phillip Dorsett as your friendly receivers and running back you can really throw anybody in. And sure he had an offensive line that consisted mostly of College Juniors and Seniors in LT Ereck Flowers, OG Jonathan Feliciano, and OG Shane McDermott.

Even in the biggest game and the only important match up in Miami’s

Brad+Kaaya+Florida+A+M+v+Miami+6Q9Ty4VF8d5l          regular season schedule… Florida State, Brad Kaaya stepped up to the plate with the confidence that is needed. He did go 16-34 for 316 yards passing with 2 TD’s and 1 INT to show for it. I say he will not be afraid of the mighty Seminoles for the next 3 years coming.

It may sound a little premature but I will say it anyway, Brad Kaaya should be looked at for Heisman this year. And the answer to any reporters questions or concerns is why not? Another year under Offensive Coordinator and QB’s coach James Coley. Every year whether it’s the professionals in the NFL or at the College level, every analyst states the Sophomore slump. I say that infection has no business around Kaaya.  He mentally prepares for every practice and game well enough, otherwise Head Coach Al Golden would not have started Brad in the first week of the season.

When Sept 5th comes around against Bethune-Cookman, you best believe Sophomore Quarterback  Brad Kaaya straps up his pads, places the respected U helmet on his head, he knows he’s putting on an outstanding tradition of leaders and brings home the gold trophy the Hurricanes have not seen since the days of Ken Dorsey under center. I truly believe Brad Kaaya makes the University of Miami relevant and feared again.

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