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Hyundai Sun Bowl Player Spotlight: Brad Kaaya

The unquestioned leader of the Miami Hurricanes team, QB Brad Kaaya will have to be at his virtuoso best to beat the Washington State Cougars on Saturday afternoon.

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In nearly every game Miami has played, the Hurricanes have had the advantage at the QB position. That is due in large part to the fact that Brad Kaaya is our QB.

You already know the story: an underrated prospect from Los Angeles, Kaaya was personally offered by OC James Coley, then chose to come to Miami, took advantage of a favorable roster situation, won the starting job as a freshman, and went on to set nearly every freshman QB record there is for the Hurricanes.

Also, in case you didn't know (how'd you miss this?!?!), Kaaya's mom played Felicia in the iconic 1995 movie Friday. Which, of course, means I'm going to embed that video now.

Kaaya has played to an elite level in his 25 games at Miami. To this point of his career, he's thrown for 6217 yards on 60% completions, with 41 TDs and just 16 INTs (a nifty 2.56-to-1 TD/INT ratio) . Kaaya, who has already thrown for more than 3,000 yards in each of his collegiate seasons, could easily end up being the most prolific QB in Miami Hurricanes history.

While that's a look far down the road into the future, we can focus on tomorrow's game, and the future is still bright. Kaaya has had some of his biggest games against the best opponents Miami has faced over the last 2 years, and the Hurricanes will definitely be looking to have that trend continue against Washington State.

According to Bill Connelly's advanced stats breakdown for the Sun Bowl, Miami has HUGE advantages against Washington State in passing explosiveness, passing down efficiency, and overall passing efficiency. In short, when Miami throws the ball against Wazzu's defense, the advantage lies with the Canes. That advantage is due, in large part, to the fact that Brad Kaaya is our QB.

Yes, we'll have to run the ball. Yes, we'll have to play defense. Yes, we'll have to curtail penalties. But, in order to win, a major key to success will be Brad Kaaya playing like Brad Kaaya and putting up 300 yards and 2+ TDs. Which, for him, is a normal day at the office.

Kaaya and company will be plying their trades against Washington State tomorrow afternoon at 2pm on CBS. Tune in and watch greatness work.

Go Canes