Miami Hurricanes quarterback Kevin Olsen has reportedly been suspended for the team’s season opener versus Louisville, leaving a dark cloud over the position moving forward.
The Hurricanes lost potential starter Ryan Williams to a torn ACL back in April and Olsen was expected to take over the reins under center moving forward.
That forward upswing took a turn when Olsen failed a drug test which resulted in his suspension. So where does this leave the Hurricanes?
Miami may now have to look to fifth-year senior Jake Heaps, who transferred to Miami after stints at BYU and Kansas.
Although Heaps was one of the highest rated quarterbacks coming out of high school, he has struggled in college, throwing just 32 touchdowns and 27 interceptions, not a stellar ratio.
Behind Heaps is true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya who is talented, but most likely ill-equipped to start the team’s season opener.
Head coach Al Golden is hoping Ryan Williams can return at some point during the season. Reports show that Williams’ rehab and recovery from his ACL injury are going extraordinary well and his chances of playing this year are getting better and better every day, but we’re talking about a major injury with no blanket policy on recovery. Each player is different, but for Williams’ sake let’s hope these reports are true.
The Hurricanes will need to figure out a quick fix fast because the Louisville Cardinals will be waiting on September 1, no matter who the orange and white put under center.