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Canes Fall Camp Preview: QB

Fall camp at the University of Miami is right around the corner so lets take a closer look at the team heading into it. This piece focuses on the quarterback position.

As Brad Kaaya goes, this Hurricane team will go. He's one of the most talented quarterbacks this school's ever had. He has two seasons of starting experience under his belt. He's been learning the new Mark Richt QB-friendly system for nearly 8 months now. A lot of signs are pointing to the talented junior having a breakout type season that really puts his name on the national map.

There isn't a whole lot more that needs to be said about Miami's leader. He's thrown for over 3,000 yards in each of his first two seasons here. His 42-17 TD-INT ratio is excellent. He's competing 59.5-percent of his passes. All of those numbers are expected to improve in Richt's new offense, despite not having some key weapons that he's had in recent years.

It's what happens after Kaaya on the depth chart that has Miami fans most curious heading into fall camp. Kaaya's missed just one start over the last two seasons so the amount of playing time for the guys behind him will hopefully remain limited. However, just in case something happens with Kaaya, it remains wide open.

Malik Rosier was the primary backup last season and started the Duke game when Kaaya couldn't go. He did not, however, establish himself as the true number two in the spring. No one did, actually, but Evan Shirreffs probably came the closest in doing so. A 6-foot-5, lightly recruited signal-caller from the state of Georgia, Shirreffs had a solid spring and seemed to get the best grasp of this new offense of all of the backup quarterbacks.

Walkon transfer Vincent Testaverde and freshman sensation Jack Allison are also in the mix but they don't seem to be serious threats so there's a lot of reason to believe the Canes will redshirt Allison this fall.


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