More nuggets on UM’s quarterback situation, from WQAM’s Hurricane Hotline tonight:
### Al Golden said Ryan Williams will have surgery on his torn ACL on Wednesday and that “Kevin Olsen and Gray Crow will compete starting tomorrow. [Olsen has] got to trust the [supporting] cast, not try to do too much.”
Olsen, obviously, is the very likely starter; it would be very surprising if Williams is ready for the start of the season, but there is hope he will be available at some point this season.
As our Susan Miller Degnan noted, Williams sustained not only a torn ACL but also cartilage damage.
### Golden said the scrimmage on Friday night “wasn’t too big for [Olsen]. He got us in the right plays. The back shoulder throw to D’Mauri Jones was excellent. He hit guys in stride. A couple times, he got anxious a little bit but [overall] he really performed well.”
### Offensive coordinator James Coley assessed his quarterback situation this way: “There is going to be a lot of growing up for the guys that are here and the guys coming in. Ryan was an older guy, very mature. Now we got young guys that have to step up. Not that they haven’t, but now we’ve lost the old guy.”
Coley said he’s eager to see Olsen and Crow in practice Tuesday and “I can’t wait to get the other guys in next month [Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier] to see where they are in the mix. We’re really high on them.”
### Olsen made several terrific throws in Saturday's scrimmage, including a pinpoint TD pass to Stacy Coley.
“In the offensive meeting, I told our guys, there are going to be times where you have to make the play,” Coley said. “We’re going to make the call, but there might be great coverage. On that play, [Olsen] threw the ball where only Stacy could catch it, and Stacy had to make a great play over the D.B. That was a big-time play. I was excited.”
### Golden said Rashawn Scott, Stacy Coley and D’Mauri Jones have been “the most steady receivers” this spring.
### Coley, on receiver Malcolm Lewis: “He’s one of my favorite players. Coaches don’t have favorites, but you can’t help but have great love for the kid. He was 85, 90 percent [last year]. He’s tough, hell of a competitor."
### Coley, on Gus Edwards: “Holy cow, he was explosive [in the second scrimmage]. There were some fast guys chasing him” on his 25-yard touchdown run. “[At] 238 pounds, if he can run that way, he’s going to have a pretty good year.”
### Golden, on the new uniforms that will be unveiled at the spring game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sun Life Stadium: “I don’t want to say too much, but they’re pretty damn cool. Great style while being able to hold on to our rich tradition.”
UM will use only half the field for Saturday's game.
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