- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Miami has zero healthy quarterbacks on its roster with starting experience. Jake Heaps has started for two different schools.
You see why the Kansas transfer is heading to Coral Gables for the fall. Above everything else, Heaps brings a level of experience the Hurricanes do not have with Ryan Williams out indefinitely. Miami coach Al Golden has tried to sound all the right notes about his quarterback situation, but the truth is, there were major concerns from the moment Williams tore his ACL during spring practice.
Redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen was well behind Williams at the time of the injury, and did not do much to inspire confidence following a spring game performance that was sorely lacking (in completions and touchdowns most of all). Gray Crow, the only Miami quarterback available with game experience, is behind him. Two freshmen will join the mix in the fall.
Heaps has his own baggage, and has to learn yet another offense at warp speed to give himself a shot at even seeing the field. His addition does not necessarily mean that he is going to overtake Olsen and start the opener against Louisville on Sept. 1. But, it does mean that Miami will have more options than it did in April. Plus, the competition will be ratcheted up further, perhaps sending an even clearer message to Olsen that a starting job at Miami must be earned.
Whether Heaps has the ability to earn that remains to be seen. He is on his third collegiate stop. He started his career at BYU as the prodigy destined to become the next in a great line of Cougars quarterbacks when he arrived in Provo in 2010. But he never quite lived up to the hype, and transferred to Kansas after losing his starting job in 2011. After sitting out a year, Heaps was mediocre in 2013 and ended spring practice as the backup. Again, he decided to move on.
So it is fresh start No. 3 now, for a player with so much tantalizing potential out of high school. What are the chances Heaps can pull it all together in Miami?
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