Hope springs eternal at Miami, where NCAA issue is no more and optimism is running high

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CORAL GABLES, Florida — For years, Miami was known as Quarterback U.

These days, "Quarterback Who" seems more appropriate.

There's countless reasons for optimism at Miami this season. Star running back Duke Johnson plans to be better than ever, a struggling defense should see improvement across the board, the NCAA scandal is a thing of the past, there's a new turf field for practices and millions were spent on facility upgrades that were long overdue.

What the Hurricanes don't have yet is a starting quarterback.

Ryan Williams would have been the presumed starter but is still recovering from a torn knee ligament. Transfer Jake Heaps and true freshman Brad Kaaya seem like the top contenders for the job, and neither has thrown a pass at Miami.

The Hurricanes open at Louisville on Sept. 1.

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