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QB juggling act for Coastal favorite Miami

7/21/2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Miami Hurricanes will enter fall camp with four potential starting quarterbacks and will have two by the end of its first scrimmage. But Ryan Williams won't be among them.

Coach Al Golden said that Williams will be out for the beginning of camp following spring knee surgery, while Kevin Olsen, Jake Heaps, Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier battle for the chance to be the Hurricanes' No. 1 signal caller.

Golden was hesitant to put a timetable on Williams' potential return -- the expected starter suffered a non-contact ACL injury to his right knee April 4 during Miami's second spring scrimmage.

"I don't know. I've been staying away from that," Golden, asked when Williams may be back, said during Day 2 of ACC media days. "I think it's really important for us to conduct like he's not going to be with us in the short-term. So we've done that, and it's important that as a team, we rally behind whoever the quarterback is and whoever comes out of this race early on.

"I'm not the doctor. All I can tell you is that he's having a great recovery, his rehab is going excellent and when the doctor's clear him, we'll move forward."

Quarterback uncertainty is one of several questions surrounding a Miami team that dropped four of its final six games of the 2013 season. Still, media members in attendance at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center voted the Hurricanes as the preseason Coastal Division favorite, although Duke and North Carolina both received more first-place division votes.

Entering his fourth year in charge of the Hurricanes, Golden did not read much into the predictions.

"With all respect to you guys, I don't really get into all that," Golden said. "I'm trying to teach the team the opposite. And we've got to teach this team to ignore the noise, just stay focused on the process and just turn this season into one-game missions, 12 one-game missions. Block everything else out, and I mean that with all respect.

"We're not really talking about Coastal championships and all that. We're talking about taking care of our business today, becoming the best player and unit we can be today, and that's going to move us forward."