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Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya acknowledged that he "still [has] things to learn."

"I haven't arrived yet. I haven't hit my ceiling. I still think I have a ways to go and I can get better and make the team better," Kaaya said. He spoke highly of his relationship with new HC Mark Richt and talked about Richt's recent decision to donate $1 million toward the building of an indoor practice facility. "He just wants it to happen. He just has our best interest at heart. I appreciate it. The team certainly does, too."
May 28 - 3:02 PM

As Miami transitions to incoming DC Manny Diaz's 4-3 scheme, Diaz says his players will play more aggressively and physically.

Diaz is talking about the little things like setting a hard edge, pursuing the ball until the whistle and taking intelligent angles. He has some help in the chalk room, namely from former Missouri assistant Craig Kuligowski, who oversaw a spate of stud defensive linemen with the Tigers. Last year, Mizzou ranked No. 2 in the FBS with 106 tackles for loss, while Miami had a mere 66. "[The players] instantly bought in because they see this defense is about defensive linemen making plays," Diaz said. [They] know his track record, so he had instant credibility when he walked in and then he said, ‘Hey, by the way, we’re playing a scheme where instead of you worrying about tying up blocks or standing on the line of scrimmage, we’re going to eat in the backfield.’"
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 7:54 PM

Miami added Mars Hill graduate FB Marquez Williams on scholarship.

This is quite a story. Rarely does a Division II player jump to the FBS level, and even less often to a historic program like Miami. Williams sent his game tape to Jon Richt, who coaches quarterbacks at Miami and played for Mars Hill in college. Williams will earn his master’s degree in public administration at Miami.
May 26 - 10:18 AM

Miami head coach Mark Richt plans to donate $1 million of his own money to help the school build an indoor practice facility.

The facility is apparently No. 1 on Miami's priority list, and it makes sense as Miami's pro day this spring was nearly ruined by rain. The entire project, not just this facility, will reportedly cost around $20 million, and Miami is currently one of the only top programs without this kind of facility. We are struggling to remember a coach donating this amount of money before coaching his first game with the program. Granted, Richt did play for Miami.
May 25 - 9:51 AM

Former Miami senior FB Walter Tucker made a post on Instagram that alluded to a transfer to Florida International.

This is not official yet, but Tucker strongly hinted that a transfer to the Golden Panthers was in order -- the Instagram post contained a picture of the 6-foot, 225-pounder superimposed over the backdrop of FIU's stadium. "God gave me a second chance to play the sport I love and to be honest I have to give God all the glory for helping me with this decision!" Tucker wrote. He was mainly a special teams contributor with the Hurricanes. Per the Palm Beach Post, it is not yet known if Tucker has graduated. If so, he would be eligible to play immediately at Florida International. If not, he will have to sit out a year. Stay tuned on all fronts.
May 24 - 12:11 PM

Miami redshirt sophomore OL Tyler Grimsley will transfer.

Grimsley recently asked for a release from his scholarship. On Monday, the Hurricanes were kind enough to oblige. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Grimsley was outside the two-deep on the depth chart exiting the spring, a dismaying development for a player who had never seen the field.
May 23 - 8:51 PM

An NFC scout told the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson that he does not view Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya as a first-rounder at this juncture.

"[Kaaya] can't throw with people in his face," the scout told Jackson. He also voiced concern as to the 6-foot-4, 209-pounder's overall level of mobility. Not everybody views Kaaya in this light. For instance, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Kaaya as his No. 13 overall prospect for 2017, while an ACC assistant coach has called him "the model NFL quarterback." Last season, Kaaya threw for 3,238 yards (61.2% completions) with a 16/5 TD/INT ratio. All eyes are on how he develops now that HC Mark Richt has provided the program a level of stability.
May 22 - 2:19 PM

Miami four-star 2017 ATH DeeJay Dallas believes that he could play a role on offense, defense and special teams with the Hurricanes.

"That’s one of my goals," Dallas said, "to be a triple-threat prospect and Coach Richt is fine with that as long as I come in and produce." The 5-foot-10, 190-pound athlete from Georgia indicated that Richt already has a vision working here, saying that "[t]hey’ve mentioned a whole bunch of stuff like me starting with the receivers and making my presence felt there and then also playing some defensive back too, while being a return man."
May 21 - 8:16 PM

Four-star 2017 ATH DeeJay Dallas committed to Miami.

Dallas' coach at Glynn Academy, Rocky Hidalgo, specifically cited HC Mark Richt as a reason the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder ultimately committed to the Hurricane cause. "I’ve had a couple of my kids play for Coach Richt and he is the type of guy that you want your son to play for," Hidalgo said, later adding that "[Richt's] relationship with DeeJay has been tremendously important during his recruitment." Dallas ranks as Rivals' No. 164 recruiting prospect for the 2017 cycle.
May 21 - 3:54 PM

An anonymous ACC assistant coach told ESPN that Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya is "the model NFL quarterback" and "is going to play for a long time."

"I don't think you can stop him," he said. A different ACC assistant coach offered the following suggestion to doing so: "You have to mix it up, change it up. If you stay the same he'll pick you apart. He's extremely intelligent and talented. He can get out of the pocket and move around enough. He's a dangerous weapon." Mel Kiper ranks Kaaya No. 13 in the upcoming draft class, while Todd McShay projects Kaaya to go No. 2 overall to the 49ers. "He's got great accuracy and a feel for the game," an ACC head coach said. "His knowledge is strong so he can read a coverage, and really you've got to mix up coverages on him more than most people. Some quarterbacks can make throws. Some can't. Some have the intelligence to know what's going on and still can't make the throw. He's a guy who can make the throw and I'm sure he's going to keep getting better." The 6-foot-4, 209-pound Kaaya boasts a career 41/17 TD/INT rate.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 6:31 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya No. 13 on his Big Board.

"Another player certain to be dissected based on the mountain of tape he has already piled up -- having thrown almost 800 passes, when many juniors are about to start for the first time -- Kaaya is a talented quarterback with a big arm, touch and growing poise as he reads the whole field," Kiper wrote. "He continues to get better." The 6-foot-4, 209-pound Kaaya threw for 3,238 yards (61.2% completions) and a 16/5 TD/INT ratio last year after posting a sensational 26/12 TD/INT rate as a frosh.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 6:21 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell noted that "[i]n a down quarterback year, [Miami junior QB Brad] Kaaya is in a perfect spot to be a top 10 pick or even higher if he takes the next step in his development."

"The NFL loves starters from freshman year as they go through the bumps and bruises that prepare you for the NFL (see Jared Goff)," Farrell wrote. Left unsaid, that ups-and-downs become problematic when there are more downs than ups (see Christian Hackenberg). Hack began his collegiate career on fire before spending the next two seasons playing like a man who was literally on fire. For his part, Kaaya posted incredibly similar freshman and sophomore seasons in many statistical categories, though there is one oddity. He held a strong 26/12 TD/INT ratio in 2014. That dropped to just 16/5 last season -- despite the fact that Kaaya threw 11 more passes in 2015. Some of that can be chalked up to a dip in offensive talent around him. Regardless, it should be counted as a good sign that he cut back significantly on the interceptions.
Source: Rivals
May 15 - 1:39 PM

Rivals analyst Adam Gorney wrote that Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya is "a prototypical NFL [quarterback]."

"[Kaaya] has a strong arm, he’s smart and he’s going to wow NFL executives in meetings," Gorney wrote. "He could even be the first QB taken." On his first 2017 Big Board (yeah, they exist already), ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. tagged the 6-foot-4, 209-pounder as his No. 13 overall prospect, specifically citing his "growing poise." We won't deny Kaaya's talent, but would love to see a big 2016 showing under HC Mark Richt before we declare him as a true contender to be the first quarterback drafted in 2017. This is as sound a situation as Kaaya will have in college before he declares for the draft.
Source: Rivals
May 13 - 10:33 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya has "grown as a quarterback over the past two years."

"Kaaya's grown as a quarterback over the past two years," Reuter wrote, "examining multiple targets from the pocket and pinpointing passes to his speedy receivers down the seam or sideline." The analyst includes him in his "Potential for Greatness" tier in breaking down the top gunslingers in the country. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 209-pound Kaaya threw for 3,238 yards (61.2% completions) with a 16/5 TD/INT ratio. His TD/INT ratio as a freshman was an even meatier 26/12.
Source: NFL.com
May 10 - 11:21 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva panned the Steelers' draft class as a C- showing.

"More of a project than most first-rounders, [Rd. 1 CB Artie] Burns is a raw boom-bust prospect who was widely not seen as a top-32 player," Silva wrote. "That pick looks like a need-driven reach. [Rd. 2 DB Sean] Davis is an impressive athlete, but coughed up ten touchdown passes over his final two college seasons and is a corner-safety 'tweener." The analyst did like what Pittsburgh did in Rd. 3. "While not necessarily a solution at nose tackle, [DT Javon] Hargrave is a disruptive interior presence who wrecked the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, twice winning MEAC Defensive Player of the Year," Silva wrote. After that, though, Silva saw a series of reaches or low-upside grabs at need.
Source: Rotoworld
May 6 - 9:16 PM


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