Miami Hurricanes’ Brad Kaaya: 2-0 only stat I really care about

MIAMI GARDENS — Brad Kaaya had only 135 yards in the University of Miami’s opener.

He didn’t have a touchdown pass Saturday night and had two interceptions.

If you think he’s sounding alarm bells, think again.

“We’re 2-0,” Kaaya said after the 38-10 victory over Florida Atlantic. “I don’t know how many points we’re averaging. We probably averaged, what? Fifty points? Fifty-four points? If we can just keep that going, I’m fine with it.

“I’m all about wins. I don’t really care if I throw 30 incompletions. As long as we win, that’s all that matters. I could have thrown for 400 yards tonight and if we had lost everyone would be saying this is the worst day ever, so I’m fine with wins.”

Kaaya finished 17-of-31 for 191 yards. Not bad, but also not the kind of numbers expected of him. The last time he failed to throw a TD pass was the 58-0 Clemson loss last October. He threw four TD passes against Florida A&M last week, but his 135 yards were his fewest since that Clemson game.

Mark Richt, Brad Kaaya and Stacy Coley sort out strategy during UM's win over Florida A&M. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Mark Richt, Brad Kaaya and Stacy Coley sort out strategy during UM’s win over Florida A&M. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

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And two interceptions Saturday? He had five all of last year.

On the first, he said the Owls gave a look they didn’t expect, allowing the defense to undercut the route.

“I didn’t see him,” Kaaya said.

On the second, he could hardly be blamed.

“I just got hit in the back,” he said. “I can’t really control that, but I was throwing a back-shoulder to Stacy (Coley). He was down the field and I just got kind of pile-driven as I threw the ball. I don’t know if you caught that or not — but I did.”

Everyone in the room, Kaaya included, got a laugh out of that.

“Good thing that didn’t cost us seven points,” he said. “It cost us three points. That’s something that we’ll clean up.”

No cleaning up of any sort is needed regarding UM’s running attack, which is why the Hurricanes frankly have not needed superhuman performances from Kaaya. Chances are, those days will come as UM steps up in class on its schedule.

For now, Kaaya is enjoying five individual 100-yard rushing performances through two games, including a 155-yard, four-touchdown night from Mark Walton and a 123-yard night from Joe Yearby, who also scored once.

“That’s awesome,” Kaaya said. “If those guys — Mark, Joe, Gus (Edwards) — can keep that up, I think it’s going to be a great year for this offense. Being able to have that every single game is going to be huge for me and huge for everyone.”

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