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Hurricanes name freshman Kaaya starting quarterback

CORAL GABLES — Brad Kaaya arrived on Miami's campus in May. Barely three months later, the true freshman is the Hurricanes' starting quarterback.

Kaaya edged transfer Jake Heaps for the job and will start Miami's opener Sept. 1 at Louisville.

"As I told him, he's our quarterback," Miami coach Al Golden said Sunday after practice. "He's not a freshman quarterback. He's the University of Miami quarterback."

UM lost quarterback Stephen Morris to graduation, and Ryan Williams was expected to replace him. But Williams tore a knee ligament in spring practice.

"I thought Jake did a great job this camp," offensive coordinator James Coley said, "and I just thought that Kaaya, towards the end here, really pulled away and started getting really comfortable."

Player death: Morgan State confirmed that 18-year-old defensive lineman Marquese Meadow died Sunday. The freshman became disoriented during a workout two weeks ago.

Haden hospitalized: USC athletic director Pat Haden, 61, was in a hospital over the weekend for an undisclosed illness. The school said on Twitter he was "feeling fine."

Soccer: Tampa junior forward Keith Francisco scored the lone goal, on an 86th-minute penalty kick, as the Spartans beat host USF 1-0 late Saturday in an exhibition to win the Rowdies Cup. Bulls defender Nikola Paunic drew a red card for a foul on forward Jason Collister, drawing the penalty. … Senior Annie Speese scored both goals as the Florida women, ranked eighth in the coaches poll, won 2-0 over visiting USF (0-2).

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