When Miami takes the field to start the 2014 season, Ryan Williams will have more important things to worry about, at least off the field, than (possibly) starting at quarterback for the Hurricanes.
Following practice Sunday, it was revealed that Williams and his wife of two years, Deanna, are expecting their first child. The due date for their baby boy is Aug. 5, right around the time the ‘Canes will begin summer camp ahead of the opener against Louisville Sept. 1.
The best part about the story? The Williams’ order of notifying those close to them of the impending arrival.
“Is that not crazy?”Ryan’s mother Jayne said in regards to her son informing offensive coordinator James Coley first. “You go tell your football coach before you tell your parents. Football first. We’re second.”
The new member of the household aside, Williams is regarded as the favorite to take over for Stephen Morris under center. Thus far, head coach Al Golden seems impressed with what he’s seen from the presumptive frontrunner.
“He’s doing good,” Golden said according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Some of it’s unfair. The defense won the majority of those third-down periods because you can’t stop many penetrators without pads and the defense is playing fast right now. We’ve got some guys on the o-line that have to learn quick, but that will be good.
“Ryan is seeing it really well. He’s stepping up real well. I’m really excited about the way he’s throwing the ball down the middle of the field. That’s what I’m really excited about.”
Williams, who transferred to The U from Memphis in 2011 and has played in nine games the past two seasons, and redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen are the two viewed as the most likely to succeed Morris. Brad Kaaya, a four-star 2014 signee rated as the No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the country, is expected to be a part of the competition when he arrives this summer.
Prior to leaving the Tigers, Williams started 10 games for the U0fM in 2010. His experience advantage could be the deciding factor in the quarterback competition.