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ESPN's Mel Kiper says Miami QB Brad Kaaya is a Rds. 3-4 prospect.

We think Kaaya made a big unforced error by opting into the NFL as a true junior. Instead of entering his senior campaign as a first-round possibility and one of the nation's best quarterbacks, he's settled for a mid-round slot, the land where teams take developmental prospects to bury behind established starters. An NFC personnel director told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein earlier this month that Kaaya could end up being "just another guy."
Jan 19 - 1:42 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris reports that Miami WR Stacy Coley won't play in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game despite being healthy.

Norris ranked Coley as one of the event's 20-best prospects, but unfortunately won't be seeing him. Coley told Shrine officials over the weekend that he couldn't participate, leading to Drew Morgan's addition. Norris reports that Coley is healthy. It's possible that Coley has been upgraded to the Senior Bowl, which has lost a few of its targeted receivers. If not, Coley's absence from the Shrine Game is a head-scratcher.
Jan 19 - 12:54 PM

Miami graduate RB Gus Edwards will transfer.

This is an unfortunate development for the Hurricanes, who also recently lost second-leading rusher Joe Yearby to early declaration. Edwards was third on the team in rushing in 2016, logging 290 yards on 59 carries (4.9 yards per carry). Miami will need to develop depth behind starter Mark Walton posthaste. As for Edwards, he's eligible to play for another FBS school in 2017 as a graduate. The 6-foot-2, 225 pound tailback from Staten Island once committed to Syracuse and may be interested in doing so again.
Source: ESPN
Jan 18 - 1:50 PM

One NFC personnel director told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein that Miami QB Brad Kaaya could end up being "just another guy."

How could Kaaya avoid doing that? "He has to throw with better accuracy and velocity" the personnel director said. Kaaya's intangibles are already being discussed, but it is unlikely Kaaya ends up as a first round selection.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 12 - 11:06 AM

Miami Herald beat writer Barry Jackson thinks Hurricanes TE David Njoku could make a short trip to his future NFL team and be a great fit for the Dolphins.

Njoku would fit the receiving Y-tight end role, a type of position the team has lost since Jordan Cameron's decline. Njoku will likely test as the top athlete among tight ends this season and is already a comfortable receiver. He boasts an inline frame as well.
Jan 10 - 10:55 AM

Miami football coach Mark Richt says he'll hold an open competition to find Brad Kaaya's successor.

"Everybody has got a shot at it," Richt said. "I really can’t make a comment about kids that aren’t on our campus that have not signed. But we are definitely excited about competition. That tends to bring out the best in people." We'd install redshirt sophomore QB Malik Rosier as the early favorite. Rosier will compete with a host of signal-callers including rising redshirt sophomore Evan Shirreffs, rising redshirt freshman Jack Allison, a former four-star recruit, and incoming four-star prospect N’Kosi Perry of Ocala Vanguard.
Jan 7 - 1:45 PM

Miami P Justin Vogel accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Vogel transferred over from Florida early on in his career and wound up becoming a three-year punter for Miami. He averaged 44.2 yards per punt this season.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 6 - 4:20 PM

Miami junior RB Joseph Yearby will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

No huge surprise, here, as this was being reported as a likelihood near the end of November. Yearby rushed for 1,002 yards as a sophomore in 2015, but saw Mark Walton and Gus Edwards take bites out of his carry-load this season. The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder saw his carries drop from 205 to 102 in 2016. Predictably, the yardage fell off, too, as Yearby finished with 608 yards (6.0 YPC) and seven touchdowns over 13 games played. Don't expect to hear his name called until Day 3, should it be called at all.
Jan 3 - 1:32 PM

Miami beat writer Josh Newberg believes the school could turn sophomore to be Jack Allison as the team's next QB.

Allison was recruited by Al Golden and stuck with his commitment. He was widely viewed as a 4-star recruit. It will be an interesting offseason with plenty of turnover for Miami.
Jan 3 - 11:24 AM

Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Kaaya holds a number of school records, including those for passing yardage (9,968 yards), completions (720) and attempts (1,188). This past season, the 6-foot-4, 209-pounder threw for 3,532 yards (62% completions) with a 27/7 TD/INT ratio over 13 games played. Optimum Scouting's Eric Galko noted near the end of December that "many still question [Kaaya's] accuracy and decision-making," though Galko, himself, is a fan of the quarterback's size and athleticism. Neither CBS Sports' Rob Rang nor Dane Brugler had Kaaya landing in the respective first rounds of their mid-December mock drafts, but the Miami gunslinger figures to see Day 1 consideration during the draft process.
Jan 2 - 8:49 PM

Former Miami DL Al-Quadin Muhammad and LB Jermaine Grace are unlikely to be drafted, according to 247 Sports' Christopher Stock.

Both "were dismissed from the team in August a week before the season opener for their alleged involvement with a car rental company receiving improper benefits," per Stock. Muhammad was expected to transfer to Hampton, but never made it. Grace graduated and trained at Miami.
Source: 247 Sports
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 10:33:00 AM

Miami redshirt sophomore TE David Njoku will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

It was a great year for Njoku, who was only on the field for two seasons at Miami while totaling 64 catches for 1,060 yards and nine touchdowns in that span of time. We have heard some crazy numbers in terms of Njoku's athletic testing scores, and a sub 4.5 forty is possible for the 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end. He is a comfortable receiver with possible inline ability.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 09:31:00 AM

Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya completed 24-of-34 passes for 282 yards and four touchdowns in Wednesday's 31-14 win over West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Kaaya started slowly as Miami fell behind 7-0 after one quarter. The switch would flip in the second quarter, when the NFLer-to-be hit freshman WR Ahmon Richards on a short pass. Richards would do the rest of the work, running it in for the score from 51 yards out. That came with 6:30 remaining in the first half, but the Hurricanes were far from done. Kaaya went on to toss two more touchdown passes to boost his squad to a 21-7 advantage. The teams would trade touchdowns in the third quarter before Miami polished off the contest's scoring with a 30-yard field goal. Kaaya said after the game that he will make his draft decision in the coming days, with a decision probable after New Year's. He is widely expected to declare. In a thin quarterback class, the 6-foot-4, 209-pounder has first or early-second round potential. Wednesday's bowl win showed Kaaya at his best.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 09:12:00 PM

Optimum Scouting's Eric Galko reports that Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya is "expected" to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft following the conclusion of the Russell Athletic Bowl on Wednesday.

Kaaya and the Canes have a date with West Virginia on Wednesday evening. Barring an M. Night Shyamalan-esque twist, that will be the 6-foot-4, 209-pounder's final game in a Miami uniform. His development as a passer, at least statistically, has been something of an odd one. Kaaya burst onto the scene with a 26/12 TD/INT ratio as a freshman in 2014. He then dropped down to 16 passing touchdowns in 2015 before rebounding with a modest 23 in 12 games this season. Galko writes that while Kaaya possesses ideal size and athleticism, "many still question his accuracy and decision-making." In a thin 2017 quarterback class, though, he could still potentially land as a Day 1 pick. The draft process will be crucial for him.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 02:48:00 PM

Seven Miami players did not make the trip to the Russell Athletic Bowl for failing to meet the standards of expectations set by the program.

No further information as to the cause of this punishment, but the following players are not making Miami's Athletic Bowl showdown with West Virginia: WR O'Juan Carney, TE Jovani Haskins, TE Michael Irvin Jr., DB Jeff James Jr., DL Tyreic Martin, DL Gerald Willis and DB Cedrick Wright. Willis is the biggest impact player in that lot, having recorded 19 tackles (5.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks and two passes defended. He was also suspended for the season-opener. Further information regarding the precipitating incident here could surface in the coming days. Miami and West Virginia will have their bowl date on December 28.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 07:41:00 PM


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