The Miami Hurricanes have high hopes this season, but they have a lot of issues they have to overcome. After projected starter Ryan Williams tore his ACL in the spring, the Canes have been looking for his replacement. Kevin Olsen was the front-runner until he was suspended for violating team rules.
True freshman Brad Kaaya and Kansas transfer Jake Heaps have been battling for the position and head coach Al Golden has picked Kaaya to be the starter.
“Brad Kaaya will be the starter,” Golden said, calling the decision “close” as reporters began immediately posting the news on Twitter.
“Jake understands exactly what he needs to do in terms of getting ready and supporting Brad, and Brad knows that the competition is going to continue.
“We’ve got a long way to go in terms of the season. There’s competition at every position.”
“It was a tight battle. It was a battle that none of us, including you guys, could have foresaw at the end of June or beginning of July or maybe even at the beginning of camp. I’m excited about that position.”
“In Ryan [William’s] absence, those two had a great battle. Kevin Olsen really improved, so I’m excited about him. But right now, Brad nudged out Jake and he’s our quarterback.”
I don’t know how Canes fans are taking this, but for Heaps this has to be disappointing. Heaps has been at two different schools and now can’t even beat out a true freshman for a starting position.