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ACC coach: Miami's Brad Kaaya 'the model NFL quarterback'


Brad Kaaya is just two seasons into his college football career at the University of Miami, but the Hurricanes junior has plenty more years in the game as a pro to look forward to, according to an ACC assistant coach.

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"I don't think you can stop him. Kaaya is going to play for a long time. He's the model NFL quarterback," the coach told ESPN.

The comment was published amid several anonymous remarks from ACC coaches on the Hurricanes star, another of which called him the best pure passer in the league. Kaaya has passed for more than 3,000 yards in each of his first two college seasons. From his freshman to sophomore years, his touchdown passes dipped from 26 to 16, but his interceptions dropped significantly, as well (12 to 5).

Without a name attached to the coach who identified Kaaya as a long-time pro, there is no way to know if the remark comes from someone with NFL coaching experience, or even experience coaching quarterbacks. Still, it's an indication as to why Kaaya will be closely watched by NFL scouts this fall. At 6-foot-4, the Los Angeles native has the size NFL clubs look for in quarterbacks, and he's been effective in some of UM's biggest games over the last two years. He threw for a season-high 405 yards with three touchdowns at Florida State last year in a losing effort, and another 316 yards the previous year against the Seminoles.

NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter ranked Kaaya as the No. 7 player in the college game.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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