Steven Mitchell, USA Today

Miami Post-Spring Analysis: Quarterback

Spring football ended a a couple weeks ago at the University of Miami. CanesTime's Mike Bakas takes an indepth look at the quarterback position following new coach Mark Richt's first spring with the team.

Everyone who follows the University of Miami knows exactly what it has at the quarterback position. Junior Brad Kaaya has been one of the most productive young quarterbacks in all of college football over the past two seasons, and he did nothing this spring to indicate that his positive development won't continue under Richt. Kaaya has the physical tools to become an elite quarterback at this level, and now has a play-caller with a strong history of producing top flight quarterbacks.

Kaaya's numbers this spring were solid, and they could have been a whole lot better if not for the receiving group having issues with drops throughout the spring. His best play-maker on the outside is Stacy Coley, and the talented senior receiver missed almost two full scrimmages. 

Coley is expected to be at full strength this fall and when a handful of talented incoming freshmen are entered into the mix, Miami's junior quarterback should have plenty of weapons around him. He's expected to emerge as one of the best quarterbacks in all of college football.

After that, who the heck knows? Miami's backup quarterback situation is not good. Then again, you can probably count on one hand the number of FBS programs who are happy with their backup quarterback situation at this point in the year.

Miami was hoping one of the four backups would emerge and while Richt said one did separate himself from the rest of the pack (he would not say who it was), it's clear that the four will continue to compete over the summer to be Kaaya's backup.

Malik Rosier has the only game experience, and is the most athletic of the group. He seems more suited to run a spread offense opposed to Richt's pro-style offense. Evan Shirreffs was 1-for-5 for 11 yards and one interception in the spring game but many believe he is the one coaches like the most at this stage. Vincent Testaverde - a walkon transfer last year from Texas Tech - was just 1-of-6 for four yards in the spring game and did nothing to give hope that he'd be the answer if given the opportunity. True freshman Jack Allison is the most talented of the four but has the least amount of experience, and it's likely that UM coaches would like to redshirt him in 2016.

Kaaya had a solid spring and should be in line for an excellent junior season so keeping him healthy will be paramount as the team prepares for the start of the Mark Richt era.


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