When the Cards take the field on Saturday against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, they will be facing a freshman quarterback. In fact, it will be the third time this season that the quarterback facing the defense for the Cards will be a freshman. The other two games were Miami and Florida International.
The starter for the Demon Deacons, John Wolford, is a 6’1 freshman from Jacksonville, Florida. This season he is 87/145 (60%) for 883 yards. He has thrown 6 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. His best game this season could also be called his worst game. In a 23-7 win against Gardner Webb, Wolford was 30/38 for 291 yards. He threw for 2 touchdowns but also had 3 interceptions. But you could also look at the season opener and call that his worst. In a 17-10 loss to Louisiana-Monroe, he was 12/22 for 97 yards with 0 touchdowns and 1 interception.
He was a 3-star quarterback coming out of high school. He also held offers from Mississippi State, Penn State, East Carolina, and more.
Special to CardinalSportsZone.com from Jerry Steinberg at stateoftheu.com
State of the U Team Capsule:
2014 will be the first time in the Al Golden era that the Hurricanes start the season without the specter of NCAA Sanctions. Clearly the absence of its’ dark shadow has paid immediate dividends in recruiting. But could it help contribute to success on the field as well? The coaching staff under Al Golden has never appeared to lack confidence, even when things aren’t going well. But the decision of Golden and Offensive Coordinator James Coley to name true freshman Brad Kaaya the starting QB, emanates in self assurance.
Will it pay off?
All the confidence in the world, and a successful season from Kaaya, will not mean a thing if the defense does not improve. UM will have to do better than 2013 when this highly scrutinized unit surrendered 27 ppg and over 426 yards a contest.
The good news is, they finally have some of the pieces to make it happen.
Al Golden, head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, announced that true freshman Brad Kaaya will be the starting quarterback for the ‘Canes when they take the field on September 1 against the Louisville Cardinals. Kaaya beat out senior Jake Heaps, who has also played for BYU and Kansas in his career.
Kaaya is 6’4 and around 206 pounds from West Hills, California. Both Rivals and 247 Sports listed him as a 4-star prospect coming out of high school, so the kid can play. The following excerpt comes from USAToday.com: