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Report: Miami QB Kevin Olsen suspended for at least a game

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It appears that Jake Heapsdesire to become Miami’s starting quarterback has seen the path cleared a bit.

While there has been no official confirmation from the school, Adam Kuperstein of NBC 6 in Miami is reporting that Kevin Olsen has been slapped with at least a one-game suspension.  The reason behind the suspension?  A failed drug test, Kuperstein reported.

The Palm Beach Post‘s Matt Porter wrote on Twitter that he has “heard rumblings about [an] Olsen suspension this week, but haven’t confirmed.”  Porter also notes that Olsen was suspended for Miami’s bowl game last season for undisclosed reasons.

If the most recent report is accurate, Olsen would miss at least the season opener against Louisville on Labor Day, which also serves as the ACC opener for both teams.

It would also mean that, more than likely, Heaps would be the man under center.  With Ryan Williams likely out until at least the beginning of October at the earliest with a torn ACL, Heaps and Olsen were expected to commence a battle in summer camp to replace Stephen Morris.

If Olsen’s status were in doubt, it could also bring a pair of true freshman — Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier — into the mix, at least for a temporary backup job and perhaps a starting job if Heaps, a Kansas transfer, struggles the way he has throughout his career.  Kaaya is the most touted of the two, a four-star member of UM’s 2014 recruiting class rated as the No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the country.

Rosier was a three-star member of The U’s most recent class, rated as the No. 20 dual-threat quarterback.

Miami QB Ryan Williams becomes a first-time father

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As he continues rehabbing a serious knee injury, Ryan Williams will have a much, much, much more important job to perform in the coming months.  And years.

The Miami quarterback announced via Twitter that he and his wife, Deanna, are now the proud parents of a bouncing — and rather large — baby boy.  Roman Louis Williams, the first child for both mom and dad, was born July 29 and weighed in at a healthy nine pounds even.

The couple had announced back in March that Deanna was expecting.

Here’s a picture of the newest member of the Williams clan, courtesy of the newly-minted father’s Instagram account:

Ryan Williams' Son

Sincere congratulations to the new parents from all of us.

Williams suffered a torn ACL in early April and underwent surgery shortly thereafter, meaning the prohibitive favorite to replace Stephen Morris as the starter entering spring practice won’t hit the practice field through at least September.  The earliest Williams is expected to begin participating in practice is at some point in October, if then.

With Williams sidelined for the foreseeable future, Jake Heaps, the Kansas transfer, and Kevin Olsen are expected to be the two main combatants for the starting job, at least early on.  For his part, Heaps has been quoted as saying he didn’t come to The U “to be the backup.”

Jake Heaps transfers to The U

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Well that was certainly quick… and tells you all you need to know about Al Golden and his offensive coaching staff’s confidence in the current state of the quarterback position.  And that Golden wasn’t BSing when leaving the transfer door open.

In a press release, Miami (Fla.) announced that Jake Heaps has signed a financial aid agreement and will transfer into the Hurricanes football program. Just this past Friday, Kansas officially and finally — confirmed that the quarterback was transferring from the Jayhawks.

Because Heaps will be a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately in 2014. And, not only that, but Heaps will have the opportunity to start immediately.

In April, Ryan Williams, the heir apparent to Stephen Morris, suffered a torn ACL and is not expected to play in 2014. With Williams out, the starting job was expected to fall to Kevin Olsen; with the addition of Heaps and his experience and his recruiting pedigree, there will be a quarterback competition come early August in South Florida.

In December of 2011, it was reported that Heaps would be transferring from BYU to Kansas. After sitting out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Heaps started nine games for the Jayhawks in 2013. During that lone season on the field in Lawrence, Heaps completed just 49 percent of his passes and tossed 10 interceptions versus eight touchdowns.

Reports that Heaps would be leaving Lawrence came two weeks after Montell Cozart was tabbed by head coach Charlie Weis as the Jayhawks’ starter.

Heaps was a four-star member of the Cougars’ 2010 recruiting class and the No. 1 pro-style QB in the country according to Rivals.com.

Miami’s Ryan Williams undergoes surgery, begins rehab

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Miami offered an update on the status of the player expected to be its starting quarterback, although it fell far short of answering the question of if he will play a down at all in 2013.

Late last week, Ryan Williams suffered what the team confirmed was a torn ACL. The non-contact injury to his right knee occurred during the latter portion of a spring scrimmage.

A handful of days later, the school released the following statement attributed to the team doctor:

“Ryan Williams underwent knee surgery today by UM Athletics Medical Director Dr. Lee Kaplan at UHealth Sports Performance and Wellness Institute. He has already begun rehabilitation.”

As was the case at the time of the injury, no timeline for a return was given. Based on previous injuries of similar nature, an early October return — at the earliest — would appear, absent any word from the team, to be the best-case scenario at the moment.

Earlier this week and prior to the player’s surgery, head coach Al Golden addressed when he thought Williams might be able to return.

“If [surgery] is in the immediate future, we’ll come up with a plan and we’ll get him rehabbed,” Golden said following Tuesday’s practice. “In terms of what that means in July, August, September, I don’t know. The doctors are going to have to let us know and we’ll go from there. He’s going to go to work. No one is going to do it harder than he is.

“Whatever the shortest timetable is, that’s the timetable he’s going to meet. I promise you that. The rest of us have to go work on our football team and obviously our offense”

Stephen Morris‘s primary backup in 2013, Williams was expected to take over the starting job in 2014. With Williams out, that job is now expected to fall to Kevin Olsen for at least the early part of the upcoming season.

Miami QB Ryan Williams suffers ACL injury

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Miami senior quarterback Ryan Williams suffered an ACL injury in his right knee Friday night during a scrimmage. The non-contact ACL injury will lead to a surgery to be completed in the next week, according to a statement released via email by Miami on Saturday.

The 6’5″, 223-pound Williams has been competing for the starting job under center for the Hurricanes, so this injury will likely bring an end to that thought for the time being. Williams appeared in four games backing up Stephen Morris in 2013. In those four games, Williams completed 22 of 32 pass attempts for 369 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

There has been no timetable given for a return to action by Miami at this time.