Jake Heaps didn’t transfer to Miami to from Kansas to be a backup and now he is very likely to be the Hurricanes’ starter when the season kicks off after Kevin Olsen failed a drug test and is suspended for one game.
Miami Hurricanes QB Kevin Olsen will be suspended for at least 1 game this season for failed drug test. No comment from UM at this point.
— Adam Kuperstein (@AKuperstein) August 1, 2014
Assuming that report from @AKuperstein is correct, Miami is likely starting Jake Heaps for the opener at Louisville. Oy vey.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 1, 2014
Miami was already faced with starting the season without Ryan Williams who tore his ACL and would have been the starting quarterback to open the season, so now Miami is down to their third option when they open vs. Florida A&M on Sept. 6.
Olsen, the younger brother of former Miami tight end Greg Olsen, has begun his Hurricanes career with a number of missteps off the field and questions about his maturity levels. Failing a drug test is further proof of the growing up that he needs to do to be a successful student-athlete.
Heaps began his college career at BYU before later transferring to Kansas, so Heaps is hoping the third place is the charm for the former top recruit who has failed to live up to the expectations based on his prep career.
He is eligible to play this season because he graduated so he can take advantage of the transfer rules that allow graduates to transfer to another FBS school without having to sit out the prerequisite one year.
True freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya could find himself in the quarterback mix as well if Heaps struggles and Olsen’s off-the-field concerns continue to be a problem for head coach Al Golden.