True Freshman Kaaya Should Win Miami QB Job
Redshirt senior Ryan Williams suffered a tear in his ACL during a non-contact drill and was the favorite to win the starting job. Williams is aiming to return for the Nebraska game on September 20.
But with Williams out of the picture for now, redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen was given the keys to the car. Olsen had his chance to really take control of the starting role, but laid an egg during the spring game, completing just 7-of-21 attempts for 65 yards and an interception.
Yes it’s still very early, but I’m not confident that Olsen will make huge improvements this summer before camp.
I think coach Al Golden realizes that he has some talent coming in this summer, so he wasn’t afraid to say that the freshmen (Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier) will have a fair chance to compete for the starting job.
“Clearly, Kevin is ahead of Gray right now,’’ Golden said to the Miami Herald. “But he was behind Ryan [Williams]. So I think it’s safe to say that not only are those two competing, but the two that come in. We need someone to emerge as not just a leader but as someone who can execute.”
The freshman who has the best shot to win the spot is Kaaya. He is very polished quarterback and participated in the Elite 11 quarterback competition—where he was said to be one of the best there.
Kaaya led his team to a California State Championship while throwing for 3,575 yards, 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions during his senior year in high school. Pretty impressive, huh?
It seemed as though every team out west wanted him, but he stuck with the Hurricanes, probably because he saw this opportunity to play early.
“He has always been a winner and this year he was a champion,” Golden said, according to 247sports. “He is coming out of this year with a lot of confidence. He led his team to state and everybody started going in on him from USC to UCLA. He is a fine young man. He is 6-feet-4 and has a big arm. He is a bright kid. He came to camp and we challenged him in camp and he did a great job there.
"He is a leader, he is a winner, he is smart, and he has all the physical tools.”
I’m confident that Kaaya will come into camp this summer and impress. He already has the Hurricanes’ playbook and talks on the phone with offensive coordinator James Coley.
The bottom line is this: Kaaya and Olsen both have the same game experience in college: zero.
The question is this: Does Golden have the guts to start a true freshman? If Kaaya looks ready this summer, he should get the nod.