The Miami Hurricanes will return to spring practice on Tuesday but will do so with a new quarterback under center, as projected starter Ryan Williams tore his ACL in the team’s scrimmage Friday night.
Miami head coach Al Golden appeared on WQAM 560’s “Hurricane Hotline” Monday morning and told Joe Rose that Williams will likely have surgery on Wednesday to repair his torn ACL. Golden didn’t not reveal a timetable for Williams’ return but told Rose that there was no swelling in the knee and that the injury occurred in a non-contact play.
“There was no swing of the knee; there was nothing like, ‘Whoa, boy! We’re in trouble.’ We were confident that he was going to be okay,” Golden said in the interview. “It was just one of those freak deals. He was running. So, you don’t know why it happens. I feel badly even talking about it.”
The Hurricanes will now likely turn to redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen, who has yet to take a snap in a college game.
“I think Kevin and Gray Crow will compete starting tomorrow,” Golden said. “Clearly, Kevin had a good night last Friday. He came in and did a really nice job, made some big throws and led the team down in some red zone situations. All of that was positive. He’s got a good cast around him. He’s got to trust the cast and not try to do too much and he needs to prepare, as does Gray.”
Golden told Rose that Williams was the “clear-cut” starter, “there’s no question,” before he went down with the injury. He went on to say that Olsen was also “gaining ground” and “improving”.
“At some point you’ve got to get to that time in the game or that place in mind where you can just go play and Kevin is getting there now, so that’s good,” Golden said.
Besides Crow, Olsen will also face competition this summer with the arrivals of freshmen quarterbacks Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier but is currently in the driver seat to prove he is capable of running James Coley’s offense come September.
You can listen to Golden's entire interview with Joe Rose at the link below.