Quarterback Kevin Olsen may not be available for Miami’s season opener at Louisville due to a suspension, but he could still very well remain in the hunt for the starting job once he is welcomed back to the playing field by head coach Al Golden. During a radio interview Monday morning, Golden side-stepped the Olsen situation but did not rule him out of the conversation.
In a question specifically about Kansas transfer quarterback Jake Heaps, Golden mentioned Olsen in his response, perhaps suggesting he is still an option under center moving forward.
“We’re pleased with where [Heaps] is right now,” Golden said, as transcribed by The Palm Beach Post. “And we’re also pleased with the development Kevin had shown in the spring.”
This may be trying to read too much into typical coach speak, but Olsen figured to be a candidate for the starting job in a battle with Heaps, who transferred to Miami for a chance to get more playing time this fall. Heaps has stated his desires to be Miami’s starting quarterback, and that appears to be the most likely scenario now for at least one game. If Heaps can perform well in fall camp, win the starting job for the ACC and season opener at Louisville and then play well against the Cardinals, he could grab a firm grasp on the job even after Olsen returns.
Golden, though, is not getting ahead of himself over the issue.
While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.
In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program. The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”
The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend. Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.
Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension. He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.
Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns. He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.
Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).
It’s been a bad week for talented SEC wide receivers.
On the heels of Auburn giving the boot to D’haquille Williams following an alleged bar rampage, Tennessee announced Wednesday that Pig Howard has been dismissed from Butch Jones‘ football program. Violations of unspecified team rules was the only explanation offered.
Howard had been suspended for the season opener for the same reason due to an unspecified incident several months before. It’s unknown if the dismissal is related in any way to that suspension.
Injuries had allowed the senior to play in just two games this season, against Oklahoma and Western Carolina. He had one reception for eight yards, with that coming in the overtime loss to the Sooners.
The past two seasons, Howard led the Vols in receiving with 54 and 44 receptions in 2014 and 2013, respectively. He accounted for 1,006 receiving yards in that span, and has also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.