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Miami Hurricanes Football 2016 Player Profile: Brad Kaaya

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In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Player Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile players from each position that they think should get more face time. They will recap their previous year, or in some cases, preview what may be to come. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the field.

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Brad Kaaya

QB - 6'4 215 Junior - Los Angeles, Ca

2015 Key Stats:  61.2 % completions, 3,238 yards passing, 16/5 TD/INT.

All-ACC Third Team

Heads into 2016 with a chance to smash several key UM passing records:

  • Completions (record: 703, needs 245 to break)
  • Attempts (record: 1,170, needs 404 to break)
  • Yards (record: 9,565, needs 3,127 to break).
Also comes into this season with a lot of expectations and well deserved hype:

Yet seems determined as ever at the task of bringing 'Canes football back to relevance, and also does not appear fazed or distracted by personal accolades:

That laser focus, his mental make-up, and his intelligence on the field (making reads and getting the Hurricanes offense in the right play) are clearly his biggest strengths.

But he also has well above average arm strength, excellent accuracy, very good footwork, and prototypical size for a pocket passer.

Occasionally will throw the ball off his back foot (usually when facing pressure) but doesn't seem to lose much in terms of placement, even when he does not step into his throws.

Kaaya will also very rarely beat you scrambling, however he moves well enough within the pocket (think Dan Marino) to buy extra time when needed, and allow his receivers that extra millisecond to get open.

I'd like to see him be a touch more verbal with his teammates as a leader.  But that is perhaps nit picky, as he does a nice job leading by example.

Overall a terrific college football QB with tons of pro potential.

Also an excellent individual off the field who is a nominee for the 
25th Anniversary Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

Summary:  There's not much more I can say about Brad Kaaya that hasn't already been said by the National Media, ACC opponents, and Miami Head Coach Mark Richt.   Speaking of Richt, his tutelage should help Kaaya get to an even higher level. Richt is a QB's guru, who will help the junior to be get even more accurate and especially more efficient.  His pro style offense should also keep BK from taking too many hits, via an improved running game and well timed play action passing (another strength of Kaaya's underutilized by the previous regime).   If the offense line improves some, and Kaaya stays healthy, I expect him to break a bunch of UM records this season and throw for around 3600 yards and 25+ TD's.  There's no doubt he'll go down in the annals of Miami history as one of the best QB's/players the program has ever seen.  However, if he wants to reach the status of legends like Ken Dorsey, Michael Irvin, Ed Reed, and Bernie Kosar among others, the 'Canes need to pick up some signature wins during his tenure.  Kaaya can't do it alone, he needs the help of his teammates, just as the aforementioned legends above did. Hopefully Miami can beat the FSU's and Notre Dame's on their schedule, and Kaaya earns his place in Hurricanes lore. Either way, I expect a huge season this year and a flirtation with leaving early for the NFL following the season. Something in my gut (I've been wrong before) tells me he's a 4 year player.  It will be interesting to see just how high his stock rises following his junior campaign.  Kaaya to his credit, does seem 110% focused on just that.  And whether Miami has him behind center for one more year or two, we should all enjoy watching him.  He's the best signal caller we've had the privilege of watching in a long time, not to mention the single biggest reason we have for hope to a return to relevance this coming season.