Brad Kaaya was slightly more eager to field questions about the upcoming election than the status of Miami’s offense.
“I’m a registered Republican but I can’t disclose who I’m thinking of voting for,” said Kaaya, a 21-year-old California native. “I might vote independent.”
Kaaya, a California native, hasn’t yet cast his ballot. Same goes for freshman linebacker Shaq Quarterman, recently 19. “I need to,” he said. Other players made available Tuesday, defensive ends Chad Thomas and Trent Harris, refused to entertain any questions about the election.
Tuesday is a regular practice day for the Hurricanes. Since next Tuesday is Election Day, some players are thinking about voting early so their civic duty won’t conflict with practice.
Asked last week if he will encourage players to vote, coach Mark Richt said he hadn’t thought about it;.
“Somewhere along the way I’m sure I’ll say, ‘Hey, vote.’ We’ll look into it and say what makes the most sense for our guys,” he said. “Maybe practicing early and having the rest of the day to get that done.
“I encourage all Americans to vote, if you want to quote me.”
Richt hasn’t made his political opinions public, though Republicans in Georgia last year reportedly tried to get him to think about running for governor.
He has since found another job.
Kaaya, incidentally, was asked for his presidential platform last summer: