Freshman Brad Kaaya arrived on Miami’s campus in May. Not even three months after, he started summer training and he is now the Hurricanes’ starting quarterback. Kaaya edged transfer Jake Heaps for the position just this past week.
Offensive coordinator James Coley has been raving about the amount of poise Kaaya holds at such a young age. “He’s not your regular freshman. He’s the starting quarterback for the University of Miami,” Coley said.
Kaaya’s selection answers the biggest question the football team has had after losing former quarterback Stephen Morris to graduation. Ryan Williams was expected to replace him, but tore a knee ligament in the spring, making him unable to play until later in the fall.
What set Kaaya apart from the rest of the team was his work ethic. Instead of seeing him out and about in Miami, he would be studying the playbook. “I came here to play football, that was my whole decision,” Kaaya said.
Miami will open its season at Louisville on Sept. 1 with Kaaya as their backbone. Head coach Al Golden is ready to see the true freshman perform. “It was a tight battle. None of us could have foreseen this at the end of June, but I’m confident in him and excited for him to be our quarterback.”