Former Miami Hurricanes quarterback Kevin Olsen will aim to revive his career at FCS power Towson. After being suspended on three separate occasions, the Hurricanes announced in September that Olsen was no longer enrolled at the school. Then, just yesterday, the troubled signal caller announced that he received “A second chance” with the Tigers via Instagram.
Olsen’s last straw came after his arrest earlier this year when he was charged with driving under the influence as well as possession of false identifications. Still, the Tigers believe they will be able to mold the ultra-talented Olsen into the top quarterback on their roster. Olsen’s run-ins with the law stem all the way back to his hometown of Wayne, New Jersey where he was also arrested for leaving the scene of a crime and not reporting an incident.
To on-lookers, Towson appears to be a strange fit for Olsen seeing as the school is viewed as a “party school,” and not renowned for its athletics, a definite drop-off from ACC powerhouse Miami. With Olsen’s history, the pairing seems a bit strange, but is one that will make or break his future. Olsen must show maturity in his dealings with Tigers if he hopes to pursue a career at the professional level.
Brother of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, Kevin has not played in a collegiate game despite being a four star recruit. The ‘Canes were hopeful Olsen would be able to contribute during the 2014 season, but once again trouble prevented the redshirt freshman from seeing the field. Because he is attending an FCS school, Olsen will not be forced to sit out a season and will be eligible to play right away in 2015.
If the Tigers are able to maximize Olsen’s talent, he should be an instant impact player.
*Section Photo credit to Miami Herald; Featured Photo (above) credit to Steve Mitchell, USA Today Sports