As the Miami Hurricanes look to build off a somewhat successful 2013 season, Al Golden faces some major questions at quarterback. In addition to 2013 starter Stephen Morris graduating this offseason, projected 2014 starter Ryan Williams tore his ACL in the spring, leaving the Canes scrambling to find their next quarterback. By all accounts, the job will be turned over to redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen next fall who will have to grow up in a hurry if he hopes to lead the Canes in 2014.
Olsen came to Miami as part of a loaded 2013 recruiting class, ranking as the No. 5 pocket passer in the country coming out of Wayne Hills, New Jersey. With Morris and Williams entrenched in the top two spots of the depth chart, Olsen redshirted his first season in Coral Gables where he spent his time with the scout team and learning the Miami playbook. He had some maturity issues off the field that had coaches upset enough to leave him home for the Russell Athletic Bowl in December.
But despite his lack of experience and off-field issues, Olsen looks like the man for 2014. Sophomore Gray Crow failed to capitalize on his playing time advantage from 2013 (appearing in two games) and looks to be losing ground in the quarterback race this offseason. While neither quarterback looked particularly strong during the spring, Olsen offers enough upside to get the initial nod heading into the summer offseason activities.
Olsen has the potential to be a breakout star for the Canes in 2014 with a big arm and strong pocket presence. He’s also an underrated athlete who can take off and run with the ball when things break down, extending plays when the rush is on. While he isn’t the team’s first choice, Olsen looks like he’s going to get the nod under center this fall. Now he just has to prove he’s up to the challenge.