Just about three months ago, true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya stepped on campus at the University of Miami not knowing what to expect. Now, he has been named the team’s starting quarterback. Kaaya beat out transfer Jake Heaps for the ability to start the season opener against Louisville on September 1.
Heading into the season, the quarterback position has been a major question mark for head coach Al Golden. Stephen Morris left upon graduation and the likely heir apparent, Ryan Williams, tore his ACL in spring practices.
Kaaya stepped right in and played excellent football, spreading the gap between himself from Heal. The coaches believe he has all the skills to be an excellent collegiate quarterback and brings the confidence of a 23-3 high school record to the table. Nonetheless, the freshman has a handful of weapons around him and shouldn’t be relied upon to carry the entire offensive burden. Running back Duke Johnson is among the top returning players in the Atlantic Coast Conference and he will be complemented nicely by wide outs Stacy Coley and Phillip Dorsett.
After Sunday’s practice coach Golden wrapped up his press conference by saying, “He’s not a freshman quarterback. He’s the University of Miami quarterback.”
*Section Photo credit to Walter Michot, Miami Herald; Featured Photo (above) credit to Heston Quan, MaxSports