Miami fifth-year senior Ryan Williams suffered a knee injury Friday and will undergo surgery early this week to repair a torn ACL, as first reported by the Miami Herald.
UM officials confirmed that Saturday night, posting on Twitter, “Miami senior QB Ryan Williams suffered an ACL injury to his right knee Friday night. He will undergo surgery next week.”
Williams, 22, grew up in Pembroke Pines and led Miramar High School to a state football championship in 2009 during his senior season. He then started 10 games as a true freshman at Memphis in 2010 before transferring to Miami in 2011. The senior was having a fantastic spring for the Hurricanes and was set to take over as the starting quarterback after serving as Stephen Morris’s backup for two seasons.
The Miami Herald reported that Williams “injured his knee while rolling out during a play in Friday night’s closed scrimmage at Greentree Field — minutes after throwing a 76-yard touchdown to Stacy Coley. The specific knee was not revealed.”
Depending on the severity of the tear Williams’s football career could very well be over. If it’s a full tear it could sideline Williams for six months and the entire 2014 season.
Next up at quarterback for Miami is redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen, who is expected to be the starter while Williams is out. Miami’s third string-quarterback is sophomore Gary Crow. In addition, Miami also has two scholarship quarterbacks arriving this summer in Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier.