Miami coach Al Golden didn’t address the status of quarterback Kevin Olsen during a radio interview with 560 WQAM on Monday morning, but he did say Olsen would still be part of the quarterbacking competition.
“[I am going to] refrain from commenting on any of that as it relates to any suspension,” Golden said. “Anything that comes directly from [assistant athletic director of communications] Chris Freet and [athletic director] Blake James, that’s how we conduct ourselves.”
ESPN, citing the Miami Herald and WQAM radio, said Olsen would be suspended for the season opener against Louisville after failing a drug test.
Olsen was the projected starter after the Hurricanes’ first choice, Ryan Williams, tore his ACL in the spring. Williams is rehabbing and won’t be ready for the start of the season.
That leaves fifth-year senior transfer Jake Heaps as the next logical option for the Hurricanes. Heaps has started at BYU and Kansas during his career.
Miami opens camp on Tuesday and Golden maintained that four quarterbacks — Olsen, Heaps, Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier — would compete early, but that number would be quickly trimmed to two.
"It's going to be an interesting battle here as we kick off tomorrow," Golden said.
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