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Miami’s Brad Kaaya breaks slump in big win over Pittsburgh

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Brad Kaaya, like his team, was in a slump.

For four straight games, the Miami Hurricanes had lost. And for four straight games, Kaaya’s quarterback rating was less than a 66. For a quarterback expected to go in the first round of next season’s draft, that was frightfully low.

Then came Pitt. And Kaaya was a hit.

Kaaya won the Sunshine State Award this week for his performance against the Panthers. He hit 32 of 45 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns as the Hurricanes returned to their winning ways.

Also considered for the award were Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary, who rushed for 252 yards and three scores against Rice; FSU quarterback Deondre Francois, who threw for 330 yards in a win over N.C. State; FSU’s Nyqwan Murray, who caught nine passes for 153 yards; FSU defensive end Demarcus Walker, who had 10 tackles, two sacks, and two tackles for losses; Florida defensive back Marcus Moye, who had 11 tackles in a loss to Arkansas; Miami’s Mark Walton, who rushed for 125 yards; Central Florida’s Drico Johnson, who returned a fumble and an interception for scores; and FAU’s Jason Driskel, who threw for 317 yards.

The Sunshine State award is given weekly by SaintPetersBlog.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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