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Miami’s Kaaya efficient enough for Sunshine Player of Week

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Jim Kelley. Bernie Kosar. Vinny Testaverde. Steve Walsh. Gino Torretta. Ken Dorsey.

Brad Kaaya?

For the University of Miami, greatness has often been defined by the quarterback position. And so it is happening again. Kaaya, a sophomore quarterback for the Hurricanes, has become the centerpiece for a hopeful Miami team. He is the Sunshine State Player of the Week.

Kaaya was impressive in a 36-33 overtime victory against Nebraska Saturday, throwing for 379 yards. Miami took a 17-0 lead with Kaaya hitting nine of his first 13 passes for 143 yards. With his top two receivers out, Kaaya instead looked to redshirt senior Rashawn Scott, who caught nine passes for 151 yards.

Also considered for the weekly award were FSU cornerback Jalen Ramsey, FSU punter Cason Beatty, Florida defensive end Jon Bullard and FAU quarterback Alex McGough.

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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