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Miami Hurricanes QB Brad Kaaya named ACC player of week

Miami Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya in the third quarter as they play the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on September 19, 2015.
Miami Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya in the third quarter as they play the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on September 19, 2015. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

Hurricanes sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya continues to impress.

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that Kaaya was named the league’s Offensive Back of the Week for his career-high performance in Miami’s 36-33 overtime victory against Nebraska on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium.

Kaaya threw for 379 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.

Earlier in the day, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit called Kaaya “one of the best-kept secrets in college football.’’

Kaaya completed 25 of 42 passes Saturday. Though he also threw his first interception of the season, it was his first pick thrown in 110 pass attempts.

Kaaya, the ACC reigning Rookie of the Year, has now thrown a touchdown pass in 16 consecutive games. The only UM quarterback in the last 20 years with a longer streak is Ken Dorsey, who had streaks of 23 and 17 games.

Sophomore Michael Badgley was not recognized for kicking a UM record-tying five field goals Saturday, including the 28-yard winner in overtime. The ACC sometimes give co-weekly awards. Ryan Switzer of North Carolina was honored for returning five punts for 168 yards, including one return for an 85-yard touchdown.

The Canes (3-0) are off this week and next play Oct. 1 at Cincinnati. UM defeated the Bearcats 55-34 last season at home.

Bearcats quarterback Gunner Kiel sustained a concussion in the third quarter Saturday against Miami of Ohio. His status is unknown for Cincy’s Thursday-night ESPN game against Memphis.

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