Spring Preview: Quarterbacks

The Hurricanes will kick off spring football on Saturday, March 1. Lets take a closer look at the team coming back in 2014. This report focuses on the quarterback position.

Ryan Williams (Sr, 6-6/225) will likely enter spring drills as the number one quarterback on the depth chart. The fifth year senior will be entering his fourth year as a Hurricane and has the most experience of the group. Williams doesn't have the arm strength or athleticism that Stephen Morris had but he makes good decisions, spreads the ball around nicely, and seems to have a good understanding of James Coley's offense. Williams isn't considered a gun-slinger who can throw it all over the field for tons of yards but Miami's offense will be loaded with playmakers around him. It'll be interesting to see how much he gets the backs and tight ends involved this spring -- something that disappointed a lot of people in 2013.

Gray Crow (R-So, 6-3/225) ended the 2013 season as the number three quarterback behind Morris and Williams. A former three-star recruit from the Clearwater area, Crow redshirted in 2012 before seeing action in just two games in 2013. He has thrown just eight passes in two seasons here and actually got demoted to the 4th quarterback at a couple points late in the season. Most people expect him to be the team's number three quarterback by the time spring football ends.

Kevin Olsen (R-Fr, 6-3/200) is the most talented quarterback on Miami's spring roster. He has the size, the arm strength, and the passing skills to make some big things happen in this offense. He was promoted to the team's number three quarterback a few times in 2013 but ended the season by being suspended for the Louisville game. Still, he seems a lot more likely to challenge Williams for the starting job than Crow. A former four-star recruit from the state of New Jersey, Olsen will finally be given a chance to work in with the first team offense. There will be some mistakes and some growing pains but Olsen has the skill set to create a lot of excitement in this offense. It'll be interesting to see how much of the gap he can close between he and Williams.

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