Monday, August 4, 2014
ACC lunchtime links
By Andrea Adelson
So who exactly will be starting for Miami when the season opens at Louisville on Sept. 1?
That remains a mystery.
Multiple organizations have reported that quarterback Kevin Olsen has been suspended for one game because of a failed drug test, but Miami coach Al Golden refused to comment on Olsen's status during a radio appearance on Monday in Miami. Golden told Joe Rose of WQAM he would "refrain from commenting on any of that as it relates to any suspension."
If Olsen is indeed out for the opener, the Hurricanes would be down to their third option at quarterback. Ryan Williams, the projected starter, is still rehabbing a torn ACL. Olsen was expected to take the quarterback reins with Williams out. Now, Miami might have to rely on transfer Jake Heaps, who has been on campus only for a handful of weeks and is still working to learn the playbook.
Golden repeated on his radio appearance that four quarterbacks remained in the mix to start -- Olsen, Heaps and freshmen Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier. That group will be narrowed to two following the first scrimmage. When asked specifically about Heaps, Golden said:
"He's in a different place in his life. He's about a 30-game starter in collgee, he's 23 years old, he's basically devoting his life to this. Basically for the last eight weeks he's been studying and since June 28, he's been here throwing and working out with the guys and practicing in our system. We're very pleased with where he is right now and as I said also we're very pleased at the devlepment that Kevin has shown over the summer. Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier come in and they're competing their tails off, so it's going to be an interesting battle here as we kick off tomorrow."
Interesting is putting it mildly. Olsen has not exactly been a model citizen since he arrived on campus as one of the top-rated prospects Miami signed in the class of 2013. He has gotten into trouble with the law; and he already served a suspension for the bowl game last season for a team rules violation. In retrospect, Duke Johnson's comments about Olsen's lack of leadership at the ACC Kickoff last month seem foreboding.
At this point, Miami has to be extremely grateful it landed Heaps. He has had some hiccups along the way, but he has a background quite similar to Williams -- both are former starters, both transferred to Miami looking for a fresh start, and both are older and married, giving them a level of maturity Olsen does not seem to have, at least not yet.
Now here's a look at other headlines across the ACC: