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Heisman winner Gino Torretta sees a bit of Kyle Wright in Kevin Olsen

All eyes inside Sun Life Stadium figure to be fixated on 19-year old redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Olsen Saturday night when the Hurricanes kick off their annual spring fling at 6 p.m.

Thursday, in UM's final practice of the spring, the eyes of former Hurricanes quarterback and 1992 Heisman trophy winner Gino Torretta were on Olsen. Barring a surprise development or injury, Olsen will be the starting quarterback when Miami opens the season Labor Day night at Louisville.

Torretta knows what it's like to be thrown into the fire in college at a young age.

During UM's 1989 national championship season a 19-year old Torretta took over as a starter for Craig Erickson after he broke a knuckle on the index finger of his throwing hand against Michigan State. Torretta stepped in and went 3-1 -- the loss coming at No. 9 Florida State when he threw four interceptions. Erickson, a junior, returned the next week and led UM to the national title.

Those Hurricanes of course had the nation's No. 1 defense, oodles of stars on offense and were able to survive some average numbers Torretta put up as a freshman: 57 percent completion percentage, 1,325 yards, 8 TDs, 8 INTs. In this scenario, Al Golden's Hurricanes have no veteran waiting in the wings if Olsen struggles -- and they probably won't have the nation's No. 1 defense either.

Talented All-American freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya will arrive in mid-May from California. But either way, fifth-year senior Ryan Williams has a long road ahead of him coming back from a torn ACL. After watching Olsen on Thursday does Torretta think he can handle the brunt of the 2014 season if it falls on his shoulders?

"Got no choice," Torretta said. "Some guys respond well to it. Some guys don't. That's the way I look at it. Heck when I got thrown into it I didn't have a choice. I didn't have a chance to think. At least he does. Now he has a little bit of a chance to think and prepare as the starter.

"I think the physical ability is there. The ball velocity is there," Torretta continued. "I just think the rest -- the mental side of it, decision making process, reads, getting on the same page with receivers -- all of that will come with practice and reps.

"Obviously you're glad he's got spring ball and then he's got the fall. But that's the thing every quarterback has to work on. Peyton Manning 10 years into the NFL is a lot better than Peyton Manning as a rookie even though his ability could be a little bit less. Physically, Olsen and Gray [Crow] are there. It's just getting on the same page with receivers and making the right reads, that sort of stuff."

Hardly a ringing endorsement. But then again, how many redshirt freshman not named Jameis Winston or Johnny Manziel make it look easy? Last year only 13 freshman -- redshirt or true -- were among the top 100 passers in the country in terms of quarterback rating. Temple's P.J. Walker (60.8 completion percentage, 2,084 yards, 20 TDs, 8 INTs), Texas Tech's Davis Webb (62.6 comp. pct, 2,718 yards, 20 TDs, 9 INTs), Penn State's Christian Hackenberg (58.9 comp. pct, 2,955 yards, 20 TDs, 10 INTs) and Houston's John O'Korn (58.1 comp. pct, 3,117 yards, 28 TDs, 10 INTs) were tops among them after Winston.

Thursday, Olsen had his up and down moments. He tossed a 45-yard touchdown pass -- with beautiful touch down the sideline to Rashawn Scott. He also got picked off twice and had several passes batted away by defenders.

Even before Williams tore the ACL in his right knee during the team's second scrimmage last week, coach Al Golden said Olsen was getting better this spring. Golden said Olsen's teammates were also gaining more confidence in him. Still, it's clear Olsen has a ways to go -- especially when it comes to making sound decisions and delivering the ball quickly.

"It's hard just watching a practice to [gauge] the mental side of it," Torretta said. "But I think the reads will come. There were some busts defensively I think threw him off a little bit on some of the reads, it looked like. I can't be sure not knowing what plays were called, what the secondary was running. But, it's all about repetition. Quarterbacks get better more with repetition than any other position. And I think that's what it is going to come down to. If it was me, I'd be clamoring for every single rep I could get."

Torretta, who has been around to provide a lot of keen advice to other UM quarterbacks over the years, says he sees some of Kyle Wright's abilities in Olsen. Wright was the No. 1 quarterback in the country coming out of high school and put up decent numbers in his college career: 59.2 completion percentage, 5,835 yards, 38 touchdowns and 31 interceptions during some lean years for UM from 2004 to 2007.

"Kyle had all the ability. Running, ball flight, all that. Olsen does as well," Torretta said. "He moves around the pocket well like him. It's speeding up the decision making process that's the key. Because it's going to get a lot faster on Saturdays than when he's out here."

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If he sees Kyle Wright in Olsen... we're in for a long year.

Man here we go.......

Canes again comparing current players to ancient ones 3 decades ago...

why haven't we won or even played for the acc championship or played in a BCS Bowl game or even won a Bowl game and finished ranked in football or made it to the College World Series or won a regional and finished ranked in beisbol or make the elite 8 or Final Four and only have 1 halfway decent season in our entire existence and always suck otherwise never finishing ranked in basketball at dUh u in over a decade in everything ?

I miss the 1980's... GO Any Team that Plays the Gators n Noles !

Heisman winner Gino Toretta sees a bit of Kyle Wright in Kevin Olsen

HOLY CRAP !!! IT"S HAPPENING AGAIN !!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!

Yup

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano attended UM practice this week, leading some fans to wonder (on messages boards and elsewhere) whether he could re-surface at UM. But the Miami athletic department said on the record today that there are no discussions about Schiano taking a job with the Hurricanes.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2014/04/postscripts-on-tough-night-for-heat-marlins-dolphins-canes-chatter.html#storylink=cpy

Posted by: Mahoney-Pearson | April 10, 2014 at 08:11 PM

Play fast! Offense is about tempo! Good to hear Coley emphasizing that.

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Posted by: Canes bro... | April 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I thought the same thing before I read the quote.

"Kyle had all the ability. Running, ball flight, all that. Olsen does as well," Torretta said. "He moves around the pocket well like him. It's speeding up the decision making process that's the key. Because it's going to get a lot faster on Saturdays than when he's out here."

He has the tools like Kyle, but needs to be a better decision-maker than Kyle was... That's what separates a bust from a star. The mental aspect to go along with physical gifts. This kid was a coaches son, so he knows the game. If he puts the time into studying film, working with WR and manages tempo, he will be fine and the game will slow down for him sooner than later.

Gino's assessment is the kiss of death. Nice, sly heads up for us, Gino.

Well, here's to hoping BK and MR can come in a dazzle.
I stand by my early stance that I'd still rather have a trial by fire with a QB of the future than a stopgap with RW. This year isn't going to be the one for us, so let the future take the field.

My call: KO and BK battle through summer, KO gets the nod, stinks it up against UL and Neb, gets benched, transfers by year's end. BK and MR lead the team to a stronger finish, a la UNC did last year. MR gets used in some really good packages with DJ and JY...

Couldn't be a WORSE opening game opponent for Olson and the Canes, UL.
Petrino's offense will even more diverse, though no Bridgewater. But their defense will hound Olson, and the db's are some of the best. If the Canes get 2-3TD's behind, it will then be Olson throwing every down while running for his life. Not a great way to start a career.

Scoreboard

After being smacked around by Louisville, I hope the Canes come out with well-controlled rage. If not, it will another indication of Golden et al's inability to prepare a team for a big moment.

Pride should dictate a fierce performance by the Canes, and I hope we see it!

Go Canes!

wish toretta seen more berlin than wright .....berlin just scored again on the gaytors with the no huddle offense....oh wait whats he doin now....oh its the gaytor chomp lmfaoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

THIS OFFENSE WILL BE EXPLOSIVE REGARDLESS OF WHO IS QB IF WE HAVE A DOMINANT RUNNING GAME.. EXPLOSIVE RUNNING GAME IS THE KEY BECAUSE IT WILL CREATE MORE ONE/ONE MATCHUPS WITH OUR RECEIVERS WHO AS A GROUP IS AMONG THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY.. GET THAT RUNNING GAME THRIVING AND THE QB WORRIES AND OFFENSE PRODUCTION WILL BE FIXED.. IF YOU WANT TO GO POWER GO EDWARDS,, IF YOU WANT TO GO FAST PACED 1 ,, GO DUKE,,IF YOU WANT TO GO FAST PACE 2,, YOU HAVE YEARBY..THIS WILL ALLOW THE QB TO NOT HAVE TO DO IT ALL BY HIMSELF.. JUST GET IT TO THE STARS AND MANAGE THE GAME WITHOUT TURNOVERS AND WE WILL BE FINE.. YOU TELL ME WHEN HEALTHY HOW CAN YOU STOP ALL THIS OFFENSIVE TALENT ?? EASY !! COLEY MAKES STUPID PLAY CALLING.. DORSETT IS A DEEP THREAT,,HOME RUN GUY SO AT SOME POINT I WOULD GO DEEP MORE THAN ONCE..COLEY(STACY) IS A GOOD ALL AROUND RECEIVER WHO CANNOT BE CHECKED DEEP OR INTERMEDIATE.. GET HIM THE BALL OFTEN..SCOTT AND WATERS ARE GOOD RESERVES WHO CAN START AND CAN MAKE PLAYS AGAINST TEAMS 2ND AND 3RD CORNERS.. EXPLOIT THAT WITH MATCHUPS ESPECIALLY ON 3RD DOWNS.. THIS CANE OFFENSE CAN CONTROL THE CLOCK AND HAVE HUGE TIME OF POSSESSION BUT ONLY IF Y0U USE YOUR TALENT PROPERLY..

I HAVE A GREAT IDEA FOR THE SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP GAME !!!

Let's let DuKE run the ball up the middle, our interior 'efense, just like in games, will part like the Red Sea and let DuKE limp/jog 80 yards for a T.D. and then the entire team can all have a circle-jerk woot-woot session in the End Zone as if we actually scored in an acc championship and pretend we scored 6 in a game that we looose by 4 td's or another December Bowl game where we didn't score a td at all !!!

It'll be great practice for 2022 when we'll be BACK !!!

Lets see- The noles and gators have won 3 national ships. Only three.

And pu55ies are talking smack here?

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MAnny Navarro- You are wrong about defending Gino comment about Kyle Wright. Thats a lame comment: You all are basically saying, " He was gifted. bu the still s--ked".. ergo-- he su--cked

Kyle Wright was overhyped. overrated and underperformed. He was the white equivalent of Jacorry Harris.

Kyle Wright blew inmy mind, 3-4 games which he clearly should have won at points when UM needed a win. For example- the game against Georgia Tech AT HOME, when he was sacked, like 9 times!!!!!!!!!!!! and threw a horrible int in the end zone to end the game. id care if he had gifts. we all have gifts. Butthose of us who use our gifts to do well in our chosen field is what separates us from thehas beens- the wanna bes- the losers. The busts.

Kyle Wright was a bust so was Jacorry harris, so was Kirby Freeman, so Was Robert Marve/ THey were all recruited heavily from high school, had a bunch of "stars" next to their names, yet came here and blew it. For all of you who blame theOffensive coordinator revolving door at Miami think twice- Kirby Freemanwent to Baylor as a 5th year senior and was replacedby true freshman RG3 midway through the season bc he s-ked so bad.

The difference between a succesful cfb program (9 or more wins a season) is a QB. Its that simple. Throw ina good D and you win ships. MIami hasnt had even a shadow of a decent QB since Brock Berlin, who was nauseatingly inconsistent. Kyle Wright had weapons. So did Jacorry Harris. Butthey didnt haveit where it counts-- BETWEEN THE EARS. They threw way too many ints, they couldnt read defenses, maybe they didnt study enough film, maybe they tried to do too much, maybe they were lazy or arrogant or stubborn. Bottomline is, for Ums standards, they stunk

InOlsen, I see a kid who has been babied all hisl ife, since he was so athletic all his life, good looking, pretty boy buttalented. guess what son, THOSE LOUISVILLE DEFENDERS, MANY OF WHO ARE FLORIDIAN, DONT CARE. Olsen needs to become a studentof teh game, immerse himself in the film room, and gfrow the--- up. Otherwise Brad Kaaya is coming for your job son, and yes, you may end up likeKyle Wright--- who remembers how Kyle Wright's last season ended?

one thing I never hear anyone say is the offense of line ....Kehoe
was supposed to be putting his stamp on this team....the OL is soft in big games...how many times have we seen 4 DL from UVA DOMINATE OUR OL...One example. God bless good luck KO and Canes!


Canes again comparing current players to ancient ones 3 decades ago...

Posted by: u are u ... always 20-30 years ago u

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Yeah where is that screen name changer? Where exactly do you see that. Toretta said Olsen in some ways reminds him of Wright, who played 7yrs ago You're an IDIOT dude, and your EVERY post just reaffirms that. Just face FACTS, your Gators stink, we beat them, you're bottom of the SEC and we're better than you. So just keep sucking on that a while.

Actually, J12 was better than KW, Olsen, or BB; the problem was as it is now, coaching. Unlike AG, RS did not have the budget to hire decent position coaches to nurture J12; we must have had two or three ACs when J12 was at the "U". With the numbers J12 put up with poor coaching while at the "U", think about what would have happened with a stable, knowledgeble, and competent OC developing J12 for four years? Problem here is that AG has a budget, but still cannot get the right coaches on the field to develop the deeper, more talented roster of players. What difference will it make to have such a loaded roster (if and when that day comes) if the coaching staff is shaky, incompetent, and lacks development skills? As for Bard Kaaya, my hope is that he gets the opportunity to develop, grow, and mature as a "U" QB; if our program stays in the position it is now (without development of players), he may never reach his potential as a "U" QB, as KW and J12 failed to do. I would not put J12 in the bust class; his numbers were decent - even if the coaching lacked viable skill sets to develop a once promising high school QB. Three or four years ago, I remember some of the idiots on this board making the foolish comment about Teddy Bridgewater being comparable to J12 and not worth a "U" scholarship; WOW! As I stated, with the proper coaching, development of player skill sets, and game day play calling, even QBs like Teddy Bridgewater will represent their respective universities well and perhaps develop into top tier NFL picks. Think what would have happened if Teddy would have came to the "U" with AG and staff in place?

As for Manny pointing out that "They probably won't have the nation's No. 1 defense either," stop with the preemptive excuses that will come in time if our "U" again fails to win. Having a No. 1 defense wins championships, no doubt about that, but a No. 1 defense has nothing to do with QB development or skill sets. Heck, we can win games with a horrible defense as we did the past three years. Most fans don't expect a No. 1 defense from this bunch, but we would like to see much improvement, including play calling and game day adjustment and management. If some improvement hasn't been made and demonstrated when we play UL, AG should be held accountable. Remember what Sapp said a few months ago, "Never hire someone you cannot fire!"


I HAVE A GREAT IDEA FOR THE SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP GAME !!!

Let's let DuKE run the ball up the middle, our interior 'efense, just like in games, will part like the Red Sea and let DuKE limp/jog 80 yards for a T.D. and then the entire team can all have a circle-jerk woot-woot session in the End Zone as if we actually scored in an acc championship and pretend we scored 6 in a game that we looose by 4 td's or another December Bowl game where we didn't score a td at all !!!

It'll be great practice for 2022 when we'll be BACK !!!

Posted by: DuH u fan sez ...
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I have an idea for you Gator fan who CONSTANTLY changes his screen name like a wittle 4yr old who poops on himself in the corner, as everyone laughs at him. How about STOP embarrassing your own conference, for a change, and actually beat someone other than each other.

After being smacked around by Louisville, I hope the Canes come out with well-controlled rage. If not, it will another indication of Golden et al's inability to prepare a team for a big moment.

Pride should dictate a fierce performance by the Canes, and I hope we see it!

Go Canes!

Posted by: dbc
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Now this is the kinda post I like to read. Good stuff DBC!!!!!

GO CANES!!!!!

After being smacked around by Louisville, I hope the Canes come out with well-controlled rage. If not, it will another indication of Golden et al's inability to prepare a team for a big moment.

Pride should dictate a fierce performance by the Canes, and I hope we see it!

Go Canes!

Posted by: dbc
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Now this is the kinda post I like to read. Good stuff DBC!!!!!

GO CANES!!!!!

GAYTARDS ARE FUNNY. BOTTOM OF THE BARREL AND STILL DON'T GET IT.

All comparisons that this guy is the next so and so are nonsense. Olsen will be Olsen. Different from every guy who ever played here. He's got an excellent arm, but our most successful QBs, had average arms at best----KW, Walsh, Kosar--- but were great decision makers. Jim Kelly had both skills.

All should know by now that forecasts of how some inexperienced guy is going to do as a college qb is just a guess. Time will tell. I agree with Gino that the only good news in all this is that Olsen will get the reps needed to give himself a decent chance at performing well.

Duh, rather than worrying about the Canes, see if you can arrange a brain transplant for your boy Driskell. He has some serious synapse (look it up or have a non-grad splain it to you)firing problems. Slowest time from thinking about throwing to release in America.

K. Wright was the most athletic QB the "U" has had since Vinny T. K. Wright was big, could run and had a cannon for an arm. But he had no receivers to work with and went through several Offensive Coordinators. No doubt that hurt his development. He did have K. Olsen's older brother at T.E. but that was about it. This basicaly led to his tunnel vision. Never looking at all his reads. Still one of the biggest busts in "U" history though.

I hate to say it but with R. Williams I thought the "U" had small chance at victory versus Bobby the cheating lier and Louisville. But now I see another whooping on National TV. Hope I eat crow. Go Canes.

Posted by: Cane89 | April 11, 2014 at 08:33 AM

Excellent post!

Everyone here is talking about a QB who is about to take his FIRST SNAP as the supposed STARTER even before the regular season starts. Lets just see what Saturday has to offer and then state our opinions. Let this kid get a snap first before we hail or damn him. I'm optimistic that he can become a great QB in time. How much time is yet to be determined. I'm wishing him the best and the best for the team as a whole. Glad to hear that RW's surgery went off without a hitch and that the doctors were pleased with the outcome and gave positive post surgical remarks. Hope he gets well soon enough to take some snaps at center this year. Honestly he's deserved it IMO, I don't care what anyone thinks or has to say about that. Now it's Olsen's time to take the reins and lead this team.

HERE'S TO THE 2014 SEASON, GET SOME CANES!!!!!

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It is disheartening to think Kyle Wright like skills are possessed by Kevin Olsen. Just as disheartening is that Gino Torretta was always the same quarterback that replaced Craig Erickson for the FSU game. Once Gino received some pressure he reverted back to his and Kyle Wright ways. So if Gino sees those ways in Kevin, he would have an experts view of it.

Still no excuse for you Al Golden tit suckers, if Gino is right. Because Gino was an expert at failing when pressured, he has an experts view of that flaw.

Cane89, just curious how you know jacory was better than Olsen, since Olsen hasn't taken a snap yet. Olsen has sure thrown fewer interceptions.

The Huskies just scored again!

21-16.

Excellent post Champ!

GKC, good point, but since U concluded it that way, someone could say that as of right now, Jacory is better, he has sure thrown more TDs, won more games, and was a well-deserved Heisman candidate at a very small point in his career.

Tubby your illogic knows no bounds. Your boy said Jacory was better than a guy who has never played and you couldn't wait to endorse the absurd comment.

omg.....you cant make this stuff up.....kyle wright, thats all we need is another kyle wright or better yet brock berlin, is toretta the weakest idiot know to man kind?......

in the bullpen.....robert marve then kirby freeman

my sides are killing me!

I didn't endorse, I actually said U were right,"good point" (can U read)???
But like I said, the way U ended your comment (U just can't help but be an arse) actually nullified your own point.

Now based in proof alone and not opinion, who's truly illogical?

Jeez people Olsen hasn't taken a snap in a real game yet, so NO ONE, Toretta, the media, the coaches, the couch coaches on these blogs, has ANY idea of how he'll respond come game time. He'll get his baptism by fire, and HOPEFULLY the D will have improved enough to take pressure off of the O and Duke will help with some ground pounding. Also HOPEFULLY we'll come out fired up for the pasting we took in the bowl game.

Cola Cane

Good stuff man.

social sites of the players are talking about how much they love the new Uni's. Look Good Play Good is all I'm saying. If they're happy, I'll take it. One of the sites stated that there will be a video of the team's reaction to the unveiling of the new uni's but the uni's won't be shown, just the players reactions. Saturday is the unveiling.

6-6 next year at best.....

olsen is a complete disaster....and your seeing it in practice....remember Under Amour game....

please explain how UM with the most mature team since golden took over couldnt win the lowly coastal with the 3rd best QB in cane history.....how can UM ever advance next year with a guy like olsen?

the season is already lost....no way UM gets past FSU, there is no path for UM....


the season is already lost....no way UM gets past FSU, there is no path for UM....


Posted by: Jim Gallo

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Exactly Gallo 4. So really no reason for you to hang around this sorry team. May I suggest your Gators.

I can tell you exactly how olsen will perform.....

last 2 mins in Under Amour game.....defensive players going 50% and joking around...stadium is empty...everyone is thinking going home....

matthew thomas and terrell brooks are on the sidelines with their helmuts off....olsen is on the back teams 12 yard line....get the snap, fumbles it AGAIN....then kicks it almost 30 yards in the opposite direction...thats pretty much how its gonna go next year....

praying helps...lol

For all of you FSWHO fans. Here's what your spring has shown you and a glimpse of your upcoming season.


1.Fswho losing their RBs to the draft. "Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. both declared for the NFL draft following their junior seasons."

2.RB Ryan Green (SO) will miss the remainder of the spring with a shoulder injury which required surgery.

3.RB Mario Pender (R.SO) messed up his hamsting. Out for the remainder of spring.

4.RB "Dalvin Cook, the Seminoles' top 2014 recruit, tore the labrum in his shoulder the first week of March and will be sidelined another two months."

5.TE O'leary has another motorcycle accident and this time injured from it. "Skinned from head to toe and a bad swollen ankle." Missed the half the the spring practices.

6.WRs "Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw leave for the draft."

Now let all of that marinate. Enjoy.


GO CANES 2014!!!!!

as soon as golden and dnofrio are run out of town..plan on me being here....

opps...kevin ollie just won another national championship with ncaa sactions with suspensions and being barred from tournament play.....

Gallo, we agree on planning on you being here after Golden leaves, But

You gotta leave in the mean time. Deal?

Tubby, even you can't be this dumb.

1. A guy says Jacory "was better than" Olsen, who has never taken a snap.

2. You call it an excellent post.

3. I jokingly say Olsen is better, because he has thrown fewer interceptions.

You really can't follow that or just doing your obfuscation gig? If the former, get help.

Gatorkillcane: My assumption about J12 being better than Olsen is based on comparing skill sets coming out of high school. I don't know if Olsen will turn out to be better than J12 while at the "U", but I will say that without proper development and coaching, Olsen will leave our "U" as J12 did or worst. My point is with the proper coaching, J12's skill sets would have produced much more over a four year period. Olsen has excellent skill sets from what I have read and reviewed, but without proper coaching and development, Olsen's skill sets coming out of HS will deminish and like J12, he will depart wondering what could have been.

Again with Ol'NoodleArm. He's not even playing football in this country and he's being brought up. Get off his d%^k already.

HAHAHAHA BLACK SOCKS, CLEATS, AND GLOVES ARE BACK BABY!!!!!

Olsen's decision making abilities are simply not there yet. But then again, Morris and Harris had their legacies opaqued with a plethora of interceptions.

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