A day after Miami’s 45-10 win over Appalachian State, Mark Richt said Brad
“Very good, as far as I know,” he said. “I didn’t hear anything from [UM’s training staff] to the contrary.”
Richt said Kaaya, who like all players checked in with UM’s medical staff on Sunday, told a staff member that he “felt fine.”
Asked if he was concerned about the knee, Richt said, “No.”
Kaaya sustained a left knee injury in the third quarter, while trying to make a tackle after he threw a goal-line interception. He hobbled off the field with the assistance of trainer Vinny Scavo, favoring his left leg. He did not miss a play.
He said UM’s medical staff pulled on his leg while checking him and determined he did not have an ACL injury. Kaaya finished with 368 passing yards and three touchdowns, one of which came after the injury.
Kaaya said his knee was “twisted” after his cleat was caught in Appalachian State’s turf. Kaaya noted that he isn’t used to playing on turf; Miami plays on grass at Hard Rock Stadium and has a turf section at its practice space, but it is mainly used for warmups and special-teams work.
Stacy Coley, Richt said, may have a groin injury, but it isn’t serious. “I’ve talked to Vinny, but I’ve not heard anything on that,” Richt said. “If there’s something nagging, we may temper down a guy like that.”
In other news, Richt said Miami (3-0) is happy to be ranked No. 15, but it’s not where it wants to wind up at the end of the season.
Players had Sunday off and will resume preparing Monday for Georgia Tech (Oct. 1 in Atlanta). The staff hasn’t watched tape of the Appalachian State game together, but Richt said many saw the game individually on the way home.
Miami will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and begin installing the Georgia Tech game plan “little by little.”
Thursday, Friday and Saturday are recruiting days for coaches.
About Miami’s old-school jerseys — which will be unveiled Monday at 5 p.m. at The Rathskeller bar on campus — Richt said he had “a little input,” but the retail process was too far down the road for him to have much influence over the design (a source told us Richt gave his approval to a pre-existing design).
“Next year, I’ll have a lot to say about that,” he said.