The Miami Hurricanes were already facing a quarterback crisis of sorts this offseason when projected starter Ryan Williams was sidelined with a torn ACL. Al Golden just saw the situation get even worse, however, with reports that the frontrunner for the QB job in Willaims’ absence, redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen, will be suspended for the season opener against the Louisville Cardinals for reportedly failing a drug test. Will the Canes be able to fix their tumultuous quarterback situation in time for September 1?
There was already plenty of trepidation about Olsen being at the top of the Miami depth chart coming out of the spring following a rough first year on campus. Off-field incidents led to a suspension for the team’s bowl game last year and questions about the young man’s maturity had persisted. Still, Olsen had enough talent and was familiar with the playbook to set himself apart from the other contenders in the Canes’ ongoing quarterback derby.
However, with yet another off-field setback, Olsen has thrown the doors wide open for the other contenders to make a play for the starting job. Jake Heaps, a fifth-year transfer from the Kansas Jayhawks, may end up getting the nod on opening day despite only being on campus for a few weeks and still working on learning Miami’s offense. He’s the only QB on the roster who has thrown a college pass which gives him an advantage over the rest of the group. The only other quarterbacks on the roster for the Canes this fall are freshmen Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier.
The Hurricanes have high hopes for 2014 with an offense loaded with stars. But without some clear answers emerging at quarterback during fall camp, Miami will quickly fade in a loaded ACC Coastal Division race. Will Kevin Olsen’s latest suspension derail the Canes’ 2014 hopes before they even get started?