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Miami’s Brad Kaaya has first big day to win Sunshine Player of Week

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Brad Kaaya finally broke out.

Kaaya, the University of Miami quarterback, had gotten off to a slow start this year, largely because the Hurricanes have run the ball so effectively. But Saturday against Appalachian State, Kaaya hit 21 of his 27 passes for 368 yards and three scores.

For his efforts, Kaaya has been named the Sunshine State Player of the Week.

Other nominees from the state schools include Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis, who was in on 18 tackles against North Texas, running back Mark Walton of Miami, who ran 16 times for 130 yards, receiver Ahmmon Richards of Miami, who caught four passes for 142 yards, running back Marlon Mack of USF, who had 115 yards and two scores against Syracuse, quarterback McKenzie Milton of UCF, who threw for 260 yards and two scores, receiver Tre’Quan Smith, who caught eight passes for 114 for UCF and running back Alex Gardner of FIU, who ran for 130 yards in a loss to UMass.

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