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BOZICH | Miami QB situation tilts opener toward Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville will celebrate its football kickoff luncheon Thursday at noon at the Marriott Downtown. But the most encouraging news for the Cardinals' season opener is actually coming from Miami, U of L's opponent Sept. 1.

It appears that Hurricanes coach Al Golden is leaning toward starting Kansas washout Jake Heaps at quarterback.

What's so encouraging about that?

Heaps is a fifth-year transfer who could not hold the starting position at Brigham Young and then left Kansas after one season. Some folks in Miami are trying to suggest that Heaps could be the Hurricanes' version of Russell Wilson, the guy who lifted Wisconsin after he transferred to Madison from North Carolina State for his senior year.

Take 15 yards for unnecessary hype if you're saying that.

Heap was The Guy at Kansas last season.

And he failed to complete 50 percent of his passes. With an awful yards per attempt average of 5.42. And more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (8). He must have suffered behind a dreadful offensive line because he took 23 sacks – or else Heaps has the mobility of the Unitas statue.

His career numbers, including two seasons at BYU, aren't much better – 32 touchdown passes, 27 picks with 45 sacks. He lost the starting job at both schools.

Blitz, anybody?

Earlier in camp, Golden told Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald that he had been impressed by the leadership Heaps was bringing to the Hurricanes.

“Just a complete understanding, poise, experience, very coachable, not an error-repeater,” Golden said of Heaps. “Anything you correct, he gets fixed. Pleasure to work with right now.”

Told by a reporter Heaps seems to be making the extra effort to connect with his offensive line and teammates, Golden responded: “He's that kind of guy. Glad he's here. Mature, grateful, and doing a great job trying to bring it all together for us.”

Miami held a major controlled scrimmage Wednesday. It was closed to the media, but the school did release some information.

It appears that Heaps and true Brad Kaaya have emerged as the team's top two quarterbacks.

According to the report, "Heaps used many different weapons to get the Canes moving, completing five passes to five different receivers. Kaaya had several impressive throws, including an 18-yard completion to Stacy Coley and a 27-yard strike to Clive Walford."

Here are the two players that Miami is going to rely on – halfback Duke Johnson, who missed the Hurricanes' 36-9 loss to U of L in the Russell Athletic Bowl and linebacker Denzel Perryman, a senior and serious candidate for the Butkus Award. Johnson reportedly rolled for a 54-yard scoring run in the scrimmage.

But quarterback?

Vinny Testaverde's not walking through that door.

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