Brad Kaaya has bounced around the NFL since leaving Miami early after his junior year. Originally a sixth round draft pick by the Detroit Lions, he was then cut before the 53-man roster was established and picked up by the Carolina Panthers. After being waived by the Panthers, he ended up back in Detroit, where he was again waived.
The Indianapolis Colts picked him up, cut him after being injured, and then picked him up again before placing him on the injured reserve for the remainder of the 2018 season.
This past Friday, the Colts waived Miami’s all-time leading passer and he was picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he will serve as the fourth quarterback behind Andy Dalton, Jeff Driskel, and Tom Savage.
The likelihood that Cincinnati keeps four quarterbacks is minute, therefore Kaaya needs to prove to first-time head coach Zac Taylor that he is a more reliable option than Driskel, who started five games in 2018, and Tom Savage, who has nine career starts since entering the league in 2014.
I would mention the importance of staying in college for four years, but that’ll be beating a dead horse at this point. The trio of linebackers staying for their fourth years, along with Jaquan Johnson staying last year shows that the athletes inside the program are benefitting from the mistakes made by those before them.
As Justin Fields’ eligibility was granted by the NCAA, everybody's attention has turned to whether or not Tate Martell is next. Many, including Rivals National Director of Recruiting Mike Farrell believe that they transferred for the same reason:
Justin Fields transferred because he couldn’t win the starting job. Tate Martell transferred because he couldn’t win the starting job. Anyone who thinks anything else is in la-la land.— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) February 9, 2019
Others fear that granting Martell immediate eligibility would mark the beginning of college’s “free agency” because of his reason for transferring being that he simply wasn’t going to play at Ohio State. I’m not sure how Fields situation is any different than Martell’s, but the fact that he has been deemed eligible and Martell hasn’t is a cause for concern, given the history.
Now, this is Miami. The history between the Hurricanes and NCAA doesn't bode well in this situation for neither Miami or Martell. Marshall Thomas has a bit of a history lesson for you here.
It is also important to note that the NCAA has approved 51 of 64 waivers for immediately eligibility for transferring players, according to CollegeFootballTalk.
The fact of the matter is that we may not have the clarity that Ohio State has with their situation for some time. NCAA has to be diligent in ruling on Martell’s case given its potential impact on the college football landscape moving forward.
Miami defensive back and Coral Gables Senior High product, Gilbert Frierson, announced late Monday night that he will be sliding into the striker role that Romeo Finley and Derrick Smith played a year ago.
Yes I just got confirmation I will be playing (-STRIKER-) this upcoming season for Canes 3TIME #X3X— 3TIME X3X (@_gbe2) February 12, 2019
Finley played the hybrid linebacker role at 215 pounds, so Frierson would likely need to put some weight on his 192 pound frame before the Hurricanes opening matchup with the Gators.