Miami football: Quarterback breakdown


The Miami football team is going into the 2014 season with a new face at the quarterback position.

Former Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris has now graduated and now is with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent. Morris is competing just to make the roster at this point since the Jaguars have drafted quarterback Blake Bortles to be the future of the franchise.

Morris finished his career at Miami with 49 touchdowns and 30 interceptions while throwing for 7,896 yards in the process.

With Morris gone, someone will have to step up and take over as the quarterback for the Hurricanes and according to the updated depth chart, that guy looks to be redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Olsen.

According to ESPNU, Olsen was the fourth-ranked quarterback coming out of high school and was a four-star recruit for the Hurricanes. In case you are wondering, Olsen is the brother of former Hurricane and now Carolina Panther tight end Greg Olsen, who had tremendous success at Miami.

Olsen played his high school football at Wayne Hills high school in Wayne, New Jersey. At 6-foot-3 and weighing 210 pounds, Olsen has the size to withstand multiple hits he would be facing throughout his career at Miami playing in the ACC.

Due to missing most of his senior year with a broken bone in his foot, Olsen only completed 39 of 77 passes for 448 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions his final year at Wayne Hills.

When watching the film of Olsen, he has great mobility that allows him to scramble in the pocket and keep plays alive with his feet when the pass protection breaks down. He also does a great job of throwing on the run and places the ball where only his receiver can catch it.

Olsen does bring experience in a pro-style offense with him as well as he worked in that style of play in high school, which is similar to what head coach Al Golden and the Hurricanes run.

The ACC title was won by the Florida State Seminoles in 2013 as they won their contest against the surprising Duke Blue Devils who are looking to be a relevant opponent in the conference.

With Olsen having four years of eligibility, year number one will have to start off great for the young quarterback in order to put “The U” back into the ACC title race for years to come.