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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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Freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton leading UCF turnaround

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Like his program, he is young and improving. Like his program, he has a little bit of style. In a way, McKenzie Milton is much like the Central Florida Knights, who have earned a second look this season. Milton, an 18-year-old freshman, is suddenly the fresh new face on campus, a quarterback who has led UCF from the ranks of the winless to a team that is 4-3 with bowl aspirations. Saturday night, against UConn, Milton threw for 317 yards…

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FSU’s Dalvin Cook runs to weekly Sunshine State award

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Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was here all the time. That was his back, and those were his heels. Cook finally had the breakout game FSU fans have been waiting for against USF Saturday, rushing for 267 yards. He went for 75 on the first play of the day. For his efforts, Cook has been named the Sunshine State Player of the Week, a weekly award given by the SaintPetersBlog. Cook entered the game with critics wondering what was…

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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…

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Today on Context Florida: Sleaziness & sunshine, to-do lists, lobbyists and Montclair Elementary

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Today on Context Florida: Legislators in Tallahassee do not think you should trouble your pretty little heads over what they’re doing with your money, says Diane Roberts. The governor agrees. On Tuesday, he held a secret confab with his “Dumb and Dumber” co-star, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, now lobbying for a dubious dental corporation. Perry didn’t register as a lobbyist — a violation of ethics law, Roberts says — until nearly four hours after the fact, and the meeting did…

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USF’s Marlon Mack rolls over Temple for Sunshine award

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He opened the door to a bowl game. He closed the discussion over whether his coach would be back. He led the team’s biggest upset in years. Yeah, USF’s Marlon Mack deserves to be the Sunshine State Player of the Week, all right. Mack rolled for 230 yards, including touchdowns runs of 57 ad 48 yards and added a 20-yard reception for a score. He also passed 1,000 yards for the second straight season. When you add it the meaning of…

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