Canes Weekly: Brad Kaaya and the Canes make a statement
One of the most dominant performances in recent memory happened yesterday, when the Miami Hurricanes obliterated Appalachian State 45-10. The Canes came out with a no-mercy mindset, dominating from start to finish. Experts like ESPN’s Lee Corso, Scott Van Pell and other notable analysts predicted Appalachian State would beat the #25 Miami Hurricanes.
Boy were they wrong! Miami quarterback, Brad Kaaya, had a field day against the Appalachian State defense. Throwing 21/27 368 yards 3 TD & 1 INT.
Right out of the gate, on the first play for the Hurricanes, running back (SO) Mark Walton broke one tackle and he was off to the races, 1 play 0:12 80 yard score to give the Canes a 7-0 lead. Brad Kaaya threw with 2 TD in the first quarter to TE David Njoku & WR Stacy Coley.
Freshman WR Ahmmon Richards had a career day, with 4 catches for 142 yards, and Richards now holds the Canes’ freshman receiving record with (142) yards in one game. His most notable grab came on a 3rd & 10, and QB Brad Kaaya bombs one deep to Richards, and he flies past everyone in secondary and comes up with a huge grab.
The Canes’ defense has been known in the “Al Folded” era to botch up opportunities in very key moments. Manny Diaz and his defense are looking to change that culture and they’re on the right track. There’s one play in particular that really impressed me and this is a situation that the Mark D’Onofrio defense would’ve completely missed. It’s the beginning of the second quarter and Appalachian St. has the football on 4th & 1 and Miami (JR) Chad Thomas and (SO) Kendrick Norton completely blew up the App St. QB.
If you still think the Hurricanes defensive is “suspect” here are some defensive stats that might change your mind:
- 3rd in the nation with 217 Yards per game
- Tied for 5th in the nation 13.0 Sacks through the first 3 games.
- 10th in the nation in total rushing yards allowed in 195
- 17th in the nation in total passing yards allowing with 457
- 29th in the nation in defensive efficiency with 74.2
Multiple analysts and the vegas betting lines clearly don’t respect the #15 Miami Hurricanes, but here’s a news flash for them… This Canes’ team will now embrace the noise, and they will silence the noise. Under “Al Folded” the Miami teams would “Ignore the Noise” this team has that true Miami swagger and they don’t care if you’re App St., FAMU, or Florida State, they’re going to give it there till the final whistle.
I’ll save my prediction for next week, but just know there’s a storm brewing in Coral Gables and the “Sleeping Giant” has awoken.