Miami (FL) Football: Senior Quarterback Ryan Williams Tears ACL

4/6/14 in NCAAF   |   Nick_Kaminsky   |   29 respect

Things took a turn for the worse for the Hurricanes this past Friday. Senior quarterback Ryan Williams suffered a tear in his ACL in his right knee and will have surgery this week.

Williams was the favorite to be Miami’s guy for the 2014, after backing up Stephen Morris the past two seasons. He also started ten games as a freshman at Memphis before he transferred back home to join the Hurricanes.

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This injury will undoubtedly hurt Miami; Williams seemed to be doing all the right things this spring.

“I thought Ryan made some really good calls up front and got us into some good plays. He is just extremely smart and headsy. He can get us into the right play whenever”, offensive coordinator James Coley stated after the Hurricanes’ first scrimmage, according to 247sports.com.

You also have to feel terrible for Williams because he certainly has waited his turn. I'm sure it was hard to be a backup after starting as a true freshman for Memphis. But Williams sat patiently behind Morris these past two seasons for his chance to shine during his senior season.

With Williams going down, redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen is now the leading candidate to lead Miami this fall. Kevin is the younger brother of the former Hurricane standout Greg Olsen.

Olsen had his fair share of struggles last season (was suspended from the team during the bowl week), but seems to be heating up this spring. Not only is he hitting receivers in stride, Olsen is also working to become more accountable for his teammates.

“I am trying to be more vocal,” Olsen said. “I am trying to get the guys to know they can count on me and that I am not going to screw up and put them in bad plays. My goal is to get the guys to trust me and know that I can do it. I need to make sure we get in the right formation or make sure everybody in the huddle hears the play. All that is on me if it doesn’t go right.”

Olsen will have to continue to show improvement throughout fall camp. He’ll most likely be in a battle with the highly coveted recruit Brad Kaaya
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