Brad Kaaya is coming off a terrific introductory season as the quarterback of the Miami Hurricanes.
It was a year highlighted by leading the ACC in quarterback rating and passing touchdowns despite being in the same conference as Jameis Winston, the expected No. 1 pick in next month’s NFL Draft. Kaaya’s 26 touchdowns were one less than his senior season of high school. Not bad for a true freshman playing the most difficult position in sports on a six-win team.
Living in Miami, a perpetual vacation destination, one would assume the young QB must have had some wild fun in his first offseason as stud quarterback at the U. Yet that’s not really the case, according to the source himself, as Kaaya joined the Marc Hochman Show with Zach Krantz on WQAM Monday afternoon.
“Just chilling back with the guys pretty much,” Kaaya said when asked about fun in the offseason. “I don’t really go out too much and do all that. Took some recruits out on their visits but that’s about it.”
As the face of Hurricanes football, there’s no increase in swagger when walking around that beautiful Coral Gables campus with the girls surely swarming?
“I’ve been the same guy it feels like, twenty-four seven,” Kaaya said of the difference between now and a year ago when he was given the reigns to Miami’s offense as an 18-year-old. “Not much has changed.”
Considering Al Golden’s seat has to be sizzling after going 6-7 last season, compounded by the fact they’re losing significant talent to the NFL, and many believe Kaaya is the lone beacon of hope for fans next season, something evidenced by the overwhelming flow of support on the WQAM text line.
“That’s always nice to hear and know but at the same time it’s more than just the Brad Kaaya Offense or the Brad Kaaya Show,” Kaaya said. “It’s going to take a lot more than just me to win the Coastal this season. It’s going to take all of us and it’s not just me playing University of Virginia or me playing University of Pittsburgh or Nebraska. It’s the Miami Hurricanes.
“It’s a team sport. If it was all about me, I’d be playing tennis right now or golf.”
Hochman then started showering Kaaya with potential nicknames in an effort to find a preference. There were ridiculous but catchy monikers like Kaaysmen Trophy, Great Balls of Kaaya, and The Roof, The Roof, The Roof is on Kaaya.
Miami’s young quarterback on track for greatness quietly listened, absorbing the onslaught with some intermittent laughter, declining to pick one because he’s all about football. All the time.
“I’ll stick to quarterbacking,” he said.
So how about Mr. Football?
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