CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya can’t wait to start getting to work with Mark Richt.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore was excited after Richt had a short meeting with Miami’s football team before Friday’s press conference.
“(Richt was) a real calm dude,” Kaaya said. “He didn’t walk in there boastful or extraordinarily confident. He was just a real calm guy. Very respectful. Very humble. I think that is great for our team. It is great for all the guys we have in our building. Just knowing that he respects us and wants to earn our respect. To me, it was just how genuine he was and how real he is. That aspect right there is what our team really needs.”
Kaaya is trending to be a three-year starter at Miami and his name is coming up on way-too-early mock drafts for the Class of 2017. He knows about Richt’s work with former No. 1 NFL Draft pick Matthew Stafford.
In the short team meeting at Miami on Friday, Richt shared a base understanding of his offense with the players.
“One of the things he mentioned just schematic wise he is not going to do anything that is too tricky or confusing,” Kaaya said. “He’ll throw a few curve-balls here and there with a few trick plays and formations but his whole deal was just lining up and getting guys to play fast and not have to worry about thinking out there. Just line up it. Here’s the play and go execute it. It is good for our guys and good for the personnel that we have.”
He said he knows some guys from Georgia and also other players who have either played for Richt and have been recruited by him. There are also a few Hurricanes on the current roster who were recruited by Richt.
“I haven’t heard one negative thing about him,” Kaaya said. “Just about anyone you talk to will say good things about him.”
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