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01/02/17 - Miami Quarterback Brad Kaaya to Enter NFL Draft...Junior quarterback Brad Kaaya announced today that he has elected to forego his senior season at the University of Miami and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Kaaya started every game during the 2016 season and was a mainstay for the Hurricanes under center since stepping on campus in 2014 as a freshman. During his three seasons at Miami, Kaaya started 38 games and became the school’s all-time career leader in passing yards (9,968), completions (720) and attempts (1,188). “While I am looking forward to pursuing my future endeavors, I am going to miss our fans, media, students, administrators, coaches, families, and most importantly my teammates, who were with me through the good times and the tough times,” Kaaya said.
“This was one of the toughest decisions of my life, however, I have zero worries that The U will indeed be back. No matter who is under center next season, I have no doubt in my mind they will have the platform and the resources around them to bring a major championship back to Coral Gables. Miami will forever hold a special place in my heart and I am proud to say that I will always be a Miami Hurricane.” The Los Angeles native threw 69 career touchdown passes, which ranks third in program history, and his 60.6 percent career completion percentage also ranks third on UM’s all-time list. In addition, he is the only quarterback in Miami history to surpass 3,000 yards through the air in three straight seasons. - Miami Football
12/29/16 - Among the first things that Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya did on Thursday morning was tweet out a photo of his MVP trophy from the Russell Athletic Bowl. "Woke up and it still feels just as good!" Kaaya wrote. It should, because this win was a long time coming for Miami. Beating No. 14 West Virginia 31-14 on Wednesday night looms large for the Hurricanes in so many ways. First, it ended a 10-year bowl-victory drought. Secondly, it gave Miami a five-game winning streak to end the season. Third, it provided a legitimate source for optimism going into the offseason, something that really hasn't been the case at Miami in a very long time. "It's momentum," wide receiver Braxton Berrios said. "It's going to be going into January. We will pick it up in spring ball. Hopefully it snowball effects into next season."
That's the idea, and on paper Miami might have its best team in some time in 2017. That's especially true if the quarterback stays. Kaaya Watch is fully underway for the Hurricanes, with the school's all-time leader in yards (9,968), completions (720) and attempts (1,188) taking some time to further talk with family, friends, coaches and advisors before making a decision about whether to skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft or see what the Hurricanes can do with him next fall. Does Kaaya think there's more left to accomplish? "Definitely," he said. - AP Sports
12/28/16 - Hurricanes blow past WVU in Russell Athletic Bowl...For the first time in 10 years, Miami finished its season on a high note. Thanks to a second-quarter turnaround, Miami came away with a 31-14 win over No. 16 West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Miami (9-4) earned its first bowl win since 2006 and its fifth consecutive victory to close out the season. "It was really special for our senior class to get their first bowl victory in 10 years," UM quarterback Brad Kaaya said. "This game did mean a lot to me and to my teammates. I know other guys might be sitting out bowl games, but we prepared for this like it was a national championship." Kaaya completed 24 of 34 passes for 282 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. West Virginia (10-3) had the Miami offense bottled up early in the game, but the Hurricanes exploded midway through the second quarter. - The Sports Xchange
11/27/16 - Miami coach Mark Richt and his staff are on the road recruiting this week, looking for players to fill various needs next year and beyond. His shopping list might expand soon. Quarterback Brad Kaaya - who became Miami's all-time passing leader in Saturday's regular-season-ending victory over Duke - has not divulged his plans yet, though it seems likely that he skips his senior season and enters the NFL draft. There's other underclassmen who will also take a look at leaving early, and that means Richt will be having some important meetings soon. "I don't know what I'm doing, honestly," Kaaya said. If so, that's where Richt will offer whatever help he can provide.
What's about to happen at Miami is no different than what will happen at plenty of other schools in the coming days and weeks. There's an NFL draft advisory board that, if contacted, will report back to a player and say if evaluators believe he is a likely first-rounder, likely second-rounder or other - their way of saying, "return to school." Kaaya will likely ask that board for input, and said he also has a group of mentors whose brains he will pick. "I want what's best for all our guys," Richt said. "If it's in the best interest for him to move on, then that's what we want for him. Is that necessarily true? I don't know. That's what we've got to investigate. There's time between now and when they have to declare to try to get a real clear picture of what's in his best interest." - AP Sports
11/26/16 - Kaaya throws four TD passes as Miami tops Duke...Quarterback Brad Kaaya threw a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes, one covering 76 yards to tight end David Njoku, to break the game open as Miami defeated Duke 40-21 here Saturday afternoon. Kaaya, who also set up Michael Badgley's fourth field game with a 42-yard strike to wide receiver Stacy Coley late in the period, finished the game 22-of-35 passing for 396 yards and four touchdowns as the Hurricanes (8-4, 5-3 ACC) ended the regular season the way they started it -- with a four-game winning streak. The Blue Devils (4-8, 1-7 ACC) saw their last hope to get into postseason thwarted with a second consecutive loss and fifth defeat in the last six games. Though unable to get to the six-win level for automatic bowl eligibility, the Blue Devils were hoping their academic standing would get them in if they could get to 5-7. Freshman quarterback Daniel Jones passed for 316 yards and three touchdowns but couldn't get the Blue Devils into the end zone in the second half until the issue had been long decided. - The Sports Xchange