Tuesday Q&A with Brad Kaaya

Read on to see everything quarterback Brad Kaaya was saying Tuesday.

 

On playing Florida Atlantic this coming week and what he has seen on tape…

"They're well-coached, they know how to execute the coverages their coach gives them. They don't seem to make too many mental lapses or missed assignments. Well-coached bunch, and they're disciplined."

 

On what gives him confidence in the offense after the first game…

 

"Just the fact that we only had one penalty in the first half. Last year, it was tough sometimes when I think we've converted a third down, and the next play its 3rd and 15 or 3rd and 20. Just not committing penalties. Last year, that was probably over 1,000 yards worth. Having an extra 500 or 800 yards as offense probably will get us a lot more points."

 

On the decline in penalties as an offense…

 

"Maturity is one thing. Those guys are all a year older. They all have more experience, have starts under their belt. That's one thing. It's a mature bunch. Cadences this year allow them to not have to predict...it's hard to say. Our cadences are more rhythmic, so it allows them to know when I'm about to say, ‘Down, set, hut.’ It's easy for them to time up and jump off the ball."

 

On the offense performing well for a defense that has been hit by injuries…

 

"It's very encouraging for us, for the whole team. If the offense can put together good, long, well-executed drives, it makes it so the defense doesn't have to be on the field for as long. Less three-and-outs means the defense has more time to rest, guys can catch their breath and recuperate and get right back out on the field. That part is huge."

 

On his overall thoughts on Miami’s defensive performance against Florida A&M…

 

“They did awesome. Like I said before, I wasn't really shocked by their performance. Shaq Quarterman, he is a man amongst boys. I've known from Day 1 that all those guys are ready to play. From that first scrimmage, when Shaq caused a fumble and a touchdown, I knew all those guys were ready to go."

 

On any throws he would have liked to have back against Florida A&M…

 

"There was one where I missed David [Njoku] on. Ball just kind of slipped out of my hand - just that one. Not too many. I thought we came out with a fairly good passing percentage. Overall, I think I executed my assignments pretty well. Just the one to David I'd like to have back. I could have led Ahmmon [Richards] a little bit more on his first deep ball. Overall, I thought it was pretty good. For the first outing of the year...the first few snaps, it's always hard to get back into game mode because you're so used to practice.  Sometimes you might be a little jittery in the first couple of plays, but overall I thought I was pretty accurate, despite it being the first game."

 

On the play of wide receiver Ahmmon Richards…

 

“I've always known Ahmmon is the player he is since he got here. He got the playbook down pretty fast. He's a smart kid. He's a guy that we can rely on as an offense. Just like Shaq [Quarterman] and just like Mike Pinckney, he doesn't play like a freshman. He doesn't carry himself like a freshman. He carries himself like he's years older. Credit to him. Also physically, he's just so far advanced than most freshmen, too.”


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