The Miami Hurricanes are still in the process of trying to select a starter among four quarterbacks, but now that number is down to three, at least for the opening game.
Redshirt-Freshman Quarterback Kevin Olsen has been suspended for the Hurricanes’ season-opener against Louisville for a failed drug test, according to reports you can see here. This could knock him out of the rotation.
Al Golden still has not named a starter at quarterback yet for the Hurricanes, and if you’re in the mix, the last thing you want is to be suspended for the first game. If somebody else shines, you lost your chance. He could’ve lost his chance anyway because the suspension will probably knock him down the list in Golden’s good books.
The competition for the season opener is now shortened significantly with Ryan Williams still coming off a torn ACL. Transfer Jake Heaps may have been on to something when he said he didn’t come to Miami to be a back-up. With the situation now, he has a very good chance to become the starter as a senior. He definitely has more physical abilities than sophomore Gary Crow, who is also in the rotation, and he has more experience playing the college game. However, Crow is more familiar in Golden’s system.
Along with Heaps and Crow, true freshman Brad Kaaya could also be the starter, and he was highly recruited coming out of high school. Should he become the starter and play well, Golden might have his quarterback of the future. With the program still improving coming off probation, that might be what Golden’s looking for anyway.
He has to know, as we mentioned in our preview of the Hurricanes that you can see here, that he does not have the horses yet to compete for a national title or even an ACC title, so that works against Heaps since he provides nothing for the future. That would’ve brought the competition to Olsen, Crow, and Kaaya. With Olsen gone for the opener and Crow a little bit limited, Kaaya could become the starter as a true freshman.
If he has a good game, watch out. The quarterback of the future talk will begin.