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Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya injures shoulder against FSU, out for ‘a couple days’

Miami Hurricanes' coach Mark Richt talks with quarterback Brad Kaaya in the second quarter as they play Florida State Seminoles' at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, October 8, 2016.
Miami Hurricanes' coach Mark Richt talks with quarterback Brad Kaaya in the second quarter as they play Florida State Seminoles' at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, October 8, 2016. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya, who was knocked to the ground multiple times and said he hit his head more than once in UM’s 20-19 loss to FSU, has a shoulder injury and will be rested “for a couple of days,’’ UM coach Mark Richt said Sunday evening.

No. 10 Miami (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) will meet fellow Coastal Division member North Carolina (4-2, 2-1) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium.

“Brad got his shoulder banged up I know,’’ Richt said during his post-game teleconference. “He probably won’t throw for a couple of days. We’ll see how that goes.”

Richt also said that starting right offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu has a sprained ankle, and that “a couple guys got hands banged up that would [need] nothing more than maybe a little extra padding.”

Kaaya appeared a bit woozy after the game and mentioned getting hit in the head and losing part of a tooth on a play in which FSU linebacker Matthew Thomas was ejected for targeting. Kaaya was slammed to the ground by Jacob Pugh on UM’s first offensive play of the night.

Richt was asked Sunday if Kaaya was going through concussion protocol but did not specifically address that question.

When asked if he had any concern that Kaaya might have a concussion, the coach said, “Right now that’s not been determined at all. When you take hard hits, I mean that’s a shock to the system when you get hit hard. As of right now we’re not categorizing anything as a concussion.’’

Kaaya sustained a concussion last Oct. 24 against Clemson and missed the following game at Duke.

Richt said backup quarterback Malik Rosier, who replaced Kaaya last year in UM’s eight-lateral miracle victory at Duke, will practice with the first team Sunday. The Canes don’t practice Monday.

“We’ll see where he is on Tuesday as far as being able to throw,’’ Richt said. “Malik would be the guy getting the reps with the No. 1s. Then it would be [redshirt freshman] Evan Shirreffs and [redshirt sophomore] Vincent Testaverde sharing the reps with the 2 unit.’’

Kaaya, a junior, completed 19 of 32 passes Saturday for 214 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. He was sacked three times.

For the season, Kaaya has completed 82 of 127 passes for 1,149 yards and 10 touchdowns, with four interceptions.

Rosier has played sparingly in four games and has completed two of his four passes for 32 yards. He has rushed once for a 19-yard touchdown.

“I’m trying to think if there’s anybody else involved’’ Richt said of the injury situation. “I think that’s about it. There may be another thing that’s, uh… it’s something that wouldn’t keep a guy from missing anything I don’t believe.”

With about nine-and-a-half minutes left in the third quarter, UM defensive tackle Gerald Willis seemed to hurt his right leg. He was assisted off the field. Richt didn’t mention Willis.

Other subjects Richt mentioned :

▪ On the deciding PAT-block that cost UM the game: “Definitely had penetration on the left side. The snap was a little bit low, not where it couldn’t be handled. It was handled. It was put down. And the ball got kicked [in enough time]...The penetration was the biggest culprit I would say. It’s very difficult to tell the trajectory of the kick from the vantage point I had on the video. ...If the ball had come out a little bit higher that might have healed the wound but penetration was the biggest issue on that one.’’

▪ On kicker Michael Badgley’s psyche and if the block might affect him: “I don’t think it will. I saw him at dinner this evening. They’re probably more worried about my feelings than their feelings. He seemed to be fine. If you’re a kicker and you yank it, you just flat out miss it, no block involved, I think that’s more of an issue for a guy.”

▪ On the offensive line issues that concerned him: “The pocket at times is just getting condensed or squeezed. We’re not as firm in the pocket as we need to be. The more time and space you have back there the better off you’re going to be and more accurate you’re going to throw the football. But on the other hand, football is a game of very competitive guys on both sides of the ball and there’s going to be pressure. There’s going to be times when you get knocked down as a quarterback. That’s part of it. You’ve got to get back up and stand in there and trust it the next time around. There were some very beautiful pockets, like the last play of the game offensively, where we threw the touchdown pass. It was perfect pocket...There are a lot of things that go into pass protection, but we just have got to get it a little bit more firm in my opinion.’’

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