Evaluating Miami's Roster: QB

Every time the Hurricanes have a bye week we like to evaluate the play of the current roster. We'll go through and take a closer look at each position. This piece focuses on the quarterbacks.

1. Brad Kaaya -- Miami's coaches thought he was as good as any quarterback prospect in America last recruiting season and it seems like they were on target with that evaluation. The coaches used an extremely vanilla -- probably too much so for a lot of people's liking -- against Louisville in the opener. After opening things up, Kaaya struggled with forcing passes and turning the football over. He threw seven interceptions over his next five games including two in each of Miami's next two losses. Since then Miami's running game has gone wild. The offensive line is giving him quality time. He seems to be making better decisions. He has already shown the arm talent to make all the throws. He hasn't thrown an interception in his last three games. All those are positive signs for his development. It remains unknown if he can play at a high level during a shootout where Miami will likely have to throw the ball 25+ times to win a game. That could happen against Florida State next Saturday night. Still, he's enjoying one of the best seasons of any freshman quarterback in school history. He seems to have a lot of the physical and mental tools that make up a good college quarterback. He's clearly playing like one of the three best freshman quarterbacks in college football right now along with Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Clemson's Deshaun Waton and he could be legitimately viewed as the top passer among all freshman quarterbacks.

2. Jake Heaps -- After getting beaten out by Kaaya for the starting quarterback position at the end of fall camp, Heaps has served as the team's primary backup. When Williams returned to action against Cincinnati, he's the one who took snaps behind Kaaya. However, Heaps was the one throwing passes after Kaaya against North Carolina. Like with Williams, if anything were to happen to Kaaya down the stretch he'd be a capable replacement.

3. Ryan Williams -- The team's expected starter back in the spring before tearing his ACL in April, Williams didn't play for the first several weeks of the season. A possible medical redshirt was being discussed, and it was an idea that Al Golden would not confirm or deny. That went out the window when he played off the bench against Cincinnati. He's not attempted a pass since and has just one all season. If anything were to happen to Kaaya down the stretch, Williams should be more than capable of running the offense fairly effectively.

Malik Rosier/Gray Crow -- Rosier has helped run Miami's scout team this season but it remains unclear how much potential he has in this offense. Crow has bounced between quarterback and tight end but is the team's 4th-string quarterback at the moment.

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