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NFL Draft Bible's Justen Gammel believes Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya could be a "mix of Matt Ryan and Drew Brees."

"Prototype pocket passer," he wrote. "Improve arm and deep accuracy and he's very good." The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Kaaya is almost exactly the same dimensions as Ryan, and he similarly has a strong arm to drive balls downfield. In May, an anonymous ACC assistant coach told ESPN that Kaaya was "the model NFL quarterback" and "is going to play for a long time." Kaaya boasts a career 41/17 TD/INT rate.
Jul 20 - 5:23 PM

Miami received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 WR Evidence Njoku.

Njoku opted to commit to the Hurricanes after taking an unofficial visit to the campus over the weekend. Said the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder, "I enjoyed my time there, caught up with coaches, had a great time. I saw players like Michael Irvin, Jeremy Shockey - we all look up to them, can see the history at the U. It was really big for me." Miami fans are certainly familiar with the last name. David Njoku -- Evidence's brother -- is the team's starting tight end and could be in for a breakout 2016 season. As for baby bro, the younger Njoku ranks as Rivals' No. 94 receiving prospect in the country for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 19 - 3:16 PM

Miami sophomore WR Lawrence Cager will miss the 2016 season due to a torn right ACL.

Cager suffered the injury during Thursday's 7-on-7 workout while attempting to make a cut. HC Mark Richt tried to put a positive spin on matters for the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder, saying, "The good news is he’s still very young in his career, and that type of injury, people come back from it." Youngsters Darrell Langham, Sam Bruce, Ammon Richards and Dionte Mullins (assuming he can qualify academically) should all see increased reps in August. Stacy Coley and Braxton Berrios are already locked in as starters for the coming season.
Jul 17 - 12:40 PM

Miami junior WR Braxton Berrios has been putting in work as a boundary receiver this offseason.

Along with Stacy Coley, Berrios will lead the Miami receiving corps in 2016. Last autumn, he worked mostly out of the slot on his way to recording 12 catches for 86 yards. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder should see increased work on the boundary this coming season, with the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson noting that freshman WR Sam Bruce (who might be facing a one- or two-game suspension) is an ideal fit in the slot. The Canes are being forced to adjust their receiving rotation with the loss of Lawrence Cager to a torn right ACL earlier this week.
Jul 16 - 1:25 PM

Miami sophomore RB Mark Walton will not miss any game-time for his April arrest.

Walton was charged with a DUI near the end of April. All charges against him were dropped earlier this month. Miami had already reinstated him from an indefinite suspension following his clearance from legal trouble, but it was unclear whether further punishment might be doled out in the form of an in-game suspension. HC Mark Richt settled the matter in somewhat unorthodox fashion, taking to Twitter and writing, "Game one is 49 days away! Looking forward to Mark Walton joining his team mates versus Florida A&M on September 3! Be there! U Family!"
Jul 16 - 12:28 PM

The Palm Beach Post's Matt Porter reports that Miami sophomore WR Lawrence Cager sustained a major right knee injury during a 7-on-7 workout on Thursday.

According to Porter, the injury is severe enough that it might force Cager to sit out the 2016 season. As a true freshman in 2015, the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder caught eight passes for 70 yards. He looks the part of the modern receiver, but struggled with consistency this past spring. While Cager was expected to play a role this coming season, his absence shouldn't have a tangible effect on Miami's offense. Just be aware that the Hurricanes were not deep at receiver to begin with and that this thins them just a tiny bit more.
Jul 15 - 2:35 PM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports that Miami is unlikely to reinstate indefinitely suspended junior LB Juwon Young.

Young was suspended due to a violation of department rules, one which (according to Jackson) stems from his use of a luxury vehicle from the car agency South Beach Exotic Rentals. Company owner Juan Caballero told the Miami Herald, "We’re not giving anything for free. Jay Z paid when he rented a car. Justin Bieber paid." He went on to say that he "couldn't name one player on that team." Regardless of Caballero's inability to even name, say, Brad Kaaya, it looks like Young will be forced to consider a transfer if he wants to continue his collegiate work.
Jul 13 - 1:12 PM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports that Miami is considering a one- or two-game suspension for freshman WR Sam Bruce due to a photo circulating showing him brandishing a firearm.

Per Jackson, "Bruce made the photo of himself with the weapon because of a dispute with a former Aquinas male student, a dispute centered around Bruce’s ex-girlfriend." While the former student called the police after seeing the picture, no charges were filed. This appears to be a dead issue on the whole, but Jackson relays that Miami wants a two-game suspension for Bruce "because there is an expectation of how Hurricanes players should represent themselves."
Jul 13 - 12:56 PM

Miami reinstated indefinitely suspended sophomore RB Mark Walton.

Walton was initially suspended indefinitely after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence in late April. Those charges were dropped Monday, though, and the 5-foot-9, 195-pounder is now back in the fold with the Canes. In a statement, the university said, "Following today's decision by the State Attorney's Office to drop all charges against Mark Walton, and after addressing the matter with Mark, he has been reinstated to the football program." Walton led Miami with 10 total touchdowns in 2015 and serves as a legitimate all-around weapon, having accumulated 1,054 all-purpose yards for the past campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 12:08 PM

Charges were dropped in the driving under the influence case against Miami sophomore RB Mark Walton.

Walton was arrested on April 23rd and charged with driving under the influence and knowingly driving with a suspended license. He pled not guilty to both of those charges and both charges have now been dropped. At the time of his arrest, Miami hit the 5-foot-9, 195-pounder with an indefinite suspension -- one that will likely be lifted or at least amended now that the charges against him are in the rearview mirror. Walton racked up 1,054 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. He was a favorite of coaches coming out of the spring and figures to be an integral piece in HC Mark Richt's fledgling Miami offense (assuming he can keep his head straight).
Jul 11 - 12:06 PM

Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya "needs to improve his week-to-week consistency to warrant the future first round hype he’s received," writes Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo.

"He did take big strides last year as a true sophomore, finishing with the seventh-best passing grade among returning Power-5 quarterbacks," wrote Palazzolo. "For Kaaya to take the next step, he must improve his play under pressure where his grade fell from a +21.5 in a clean pocket to a -3.0 when under heat." Kaaya checked in at No. 87 player on Pro Football Focus' college football player rankings. In all, he threw for 3,238 yards (61.2% completions) with a 16/5 TD/INT ratio last fall.
Jul 7 - 8:14 PM

Miami is exploring backup plans for the possibility that the renovations at New Miami Stadium will not be completed by the start of the 2016 season.

"We remain in regular contact with the Dolphins organization regarding the status of the stadium renovation project," said Miami AD Blake James. "It's a very complex project and I know the Dolphins are doing everything possible to get it ready in time to play football." The Hurricanes will kick off their 2016 season against Florida A&M on September 3. Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel insists that the stadium will be ready in time. He has apparently been asked about this many, many, many times. "I don't know how many times I have to say it, but right now we're currently on schedule," Garfinkel said in June. Should Garfinkel's words fall in vain, James said that the program has a yet-to-be-disclosed contingency plan in place.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 7 - 12:51 PM

Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya complete 29 of 49 attempts for 345 yards and three touchdowns in the school's spring game.

Kaaya threw his first interception of spring activities during the scrimmage. Beat writer Matt Porter adds Kaaya's receivers also dropped at least five passes. Some love Kaaya's game, as he flashes poise and pocket movement. Others want more from a potential first round quarterback, in terms of elevating the talent around him and creating big plays. His performance under new head coach Mark Richt will be an interesting one to watch.
Jul 5 - 10:17 AM

Miami junior LB Juwon Young has been suspended indefinitely.

Miami's release of the information offered just a cursory "violation of department rules." Per the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, the actual reason behind the suspension involves the 6-foot-2, 248-pounder's access to a luxury vehicle from a car agency. Miami is trying to jump the gun on any possible NCAA violations here. "Multiple people inside the UM football program do not expect Young to be on the team this season," Jackson wrote. "One source cautioned that he's in limbo and it's still possible he could return but he's not in a good position." Defensive end Al Quadin Muhammad is also being investigated, though he remains in good standing with the team for the time being. Last season, Young was the Hurricanes' second-leading tackler, recording 57 of them.
Jun 24 - 3:08 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman tagged Miami QB Brad Kaaya, Houston QB Greg Ward and Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd as his top three dark horse candidates to win the Heisman.

Feldman views "dark horse" candidates as players listed in Vegas as 20/1 favorites (or lower) for the award. The analyst likes the 40/1 Kaaya the most by that standard, though he does caution that the Miami gunslinger might be handicapped simply by playing in the ACC, fearing that Clemson's Deshaun Watson and FSU's Dalvin Cook could push Kaaya to the side. The analyst noted that Greg Ward (50/1) would receive a huge bump in Heisman hype with a win over Oklahoma in the season-opener (though Leonard Fournette could tell you that recency bias can play a huge role, as he learned the hard way after struggling against Alabama in November). As for Hurd (50/1), Feldman calls him "a big physical back with freaky speed." Hurd's biggest hurdles to true national prominence on an award level might come from his own teammates. Not only will the talented Alvin Kamara be nipping at his heels for carries, QB Joshua Dobbs is, himself, a potential Heisman contender.
Source: FOX Sports
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