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State of Florida has a lot of college players worth drafting

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It’s early in the draft yet, but there seems to be plenty of talent in the state of Florida for the NFL teams to pick through. According to Walterfootball.com, there are some two dozen players who are worth grading by the pros going into the NFL Combine. Those start with FSU’s Dalvin Cook, rated by the website as the No. 2 running back in the draft and worthy of a top 25 selection. Other offensive players worth considering should be…

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Miami finally wins a bowl game, beating West Virginia in Russell

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If Brad Kaaya is leaving the University of Miami for the NFL, he went out with style Wednesday night. Kaaya threw for 282 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Hurricanes to a 31-14 victory over 13th-ranked West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl. It was Miami’s first win in 10 years, and seven bowls. Kaaya, the game MVP, hit 24 of 34 pass attempts. Kaaya already held Miami’s career record in yards and took over the school’s No. 1 spots…

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Miami hopes to snap losing streak in bowls against West Virginia

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Time was, the Miami Hurricanes rang in the New Year. You didn’t want to mess with the ‘Canes in a bowl game. Ask Florida. Ask Nebraska. Ask Alabama. Miami won five in a row from 1988-1992. They won six of seven from 1996-2004. In those years, Miami was pretty good most of the time, but they seemed to save their best for last. But not anymore. As Miami prepares to play against a good West Virginia team in today’s Russell…

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FSU’s Dalvin Cook wins Sunshine State Award once more

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One more time, Dalvin Cook. Cook wrapped up the regular season of his junior year – expected to be his last – in a big way Saturday night. Cook rushed for 153 yards against a tough Florida defense and scored his record-setting 45th touchdown. Once again, Cook is the Sunshine State Player of the Week. In three games against the Gators, Cook had 480 yards. Cook had solid competition for this week’s award, most notably from Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya.…

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Miami follows Kaaya to big second half in beating Duke

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The Miami Hurricanes broke open a close game in the second half and went on to finish Mark Richt’s first season at 8-4. Quarterback Brad Kaaya threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns, and the Hurricanes outscored Duke 24-7 in the second half. Kaaya found receivers David Njoku for 134 yards and two touchdowns and Stacy Coley for 118 yards and another score to lead Miami to its win. At one stretch in the third quarter, Kaaya hit five straight…

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5 questions concerning the Miami-Duke football finale

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Five questions to ponder about the UM-Duke game. Do the Hurricanes have a shot at being ranked with a strong finish? Maybe. They got one vote in the coach’s poll this week. That’s a start, right? Miami is looking for its fourth straight win against Duke Saturday, and three of its four losses are by a touchdown or less. All it in all, it hasn’t been a bad first-season for coach Mark Richt. A win against Duke, and another one…

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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…

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