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Canes QB Brad Kaaya practices, shakes off sore shoulder

Kaaya expected to play Saturday against UNC

Canes quarterback Brad Kaaya took an early hit in the loss to FSU
Canes quarterback Brad Kaaya took an early hit in the loss to FSU

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Surprise, Brad Kaaya is practicing! 

The starting quarterback for the 16th ranked University of Miami Hurricanes even surprised coach Mark Richt on Tuesday with an effective practice after the coach had indicated that Kaaya might have to rest his arm a few days after he took a beating in the loss to FSU.

Kaaya appears to be on track to start in this Saturday's home game against UNC.

You can watch this weekend's game against the Tar Heels on Local 10 at 3:30pm.

During his weekly news conference on Tuesday coach Richt said of Kaaya's practice session, "he threw a lot better than I thought he'd throw. I wouldn't have known that his arm was bothering him. I don't even know if it was, I didn't even ask him. I was just watching him throw it and he zipped the ball well. I really don't think there was an issue. He practiced the whole day."

Kaaya took a hit on the first play of the game against FSU.

And later in the game, Kaaya lost a tooth following a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Coach Richt said Tuesday that taking a hit and getting up is part of playing the quarterback position and that shaking off the hits shows the toughness level of a quarterback.