'Canes camp opens in Coral Gables

Golden says fewer distractions will help


CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Miami Hurricanes kicked off camp for the 2015 football season Thursday in Coral Gables.

Miami is coming off a 6-7 season that included a bowl loss.

This is year five for head coach Al Golden.

Previous years have been clouded by an NCAA investigation into the program.

Golden said Thursday that this year feels different because the focus is mainly on football.

"This is by far the least amount of distractions that we've had going into a season," he said "It's not even close. They just gotta keep doing that because it allow us to keep the main thing, the main thing."

For the 'Canes offense, the key will be sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya. He threw for more than 3,000 yards as a freshman last year.

Kaaya has gained national recognition, being placed on six preseason watch lists.

Kaaya said Thursday he would rather keep the focus on his teammates.

"People always show me the publications and the news and all that, I don't really stare at that stuff," he said. "I'm a guy who has told his team, I want the same recognition for them.  I don't want to be recognized just by myself.  There's guys who are working just as hard as me, there are guys who are walking on, third-string, second-string and there's three good quarterbacks behind me. They're working just as hard as me. I want equal success for everyone else."

Miami opens the season on Sept. 5 against Bethune-Cookman.

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