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.
The Miami Hurricanes will visit Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in less than 4 weeks. Yes, it is getting close! When they do, they will likely be down to their third quarterback. Ryan Williams, a senior who was expected to start, tore his ACL in the spring and he won’t be ready in time. Next up was thought to be freshman Kevin Olsen, who is 6’3 and comes from New Jersey. He has now been suspended for the season opener because of a failed drug test.