Ryan Williams Injury: Updates on Miami QB's Knee and Recovery

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2014

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Updates from Monday, July 14

Rich Cirminiello of CampusInsiders.com reported on Ryan Williams' recovery:

Updates from Thursday, April 10

Susan Miller Dengan of The Miami Herald has the latest updates on Williams:

UM fifth-year senior quarterback Ryan Williams, who was slated to be the starter next season before he tore the ACL in his right knee Friday, underwent 90-minute reconstructive surgery Wednesday at UM Hospital.

His mother, Jayne Williams of Pembroke Pines, said the surgery, performed by Dr. Lee Kaplan, “could not have gone better.”

Williams’ mother and his wife, Deanna, said there also was a small tear in the meniscus that doctors told her “will heal on its own.”

Deanna Williams said she was staying overnight in the hospital with Ryan until he is released Thursday.

“But Thursday he’s going straight to the training room to get it checked out,” Jayne Williams said. “Now he’ll begin moving forward for rehabilitation.

Updates from Wednesday, April 9

ESPN's Heather Dinich has the latest on Williams:

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The Miami football team suffered a devastating injury during spring practices, as quarterback Ryan Williams was diagnosed with a torn ACL.

Chip Patterson of CBS Sports confirmed the news on Twitter:

Brandon Odoi of CanesInsider.com provided some more details of the incident:

Williams was projected to be the Hurricanes' starting quarterback in September, replacing the departed Stephen Morris. In limited playing time last season, he went 22-of-32 and passed for 369 yards with three touchdowns. 

The junior actually had a bigger role as a freshman when he threw for over 2,000 yards, but he returned to backup duties for the next two years.

Matt Porter of The Palm Beach Post provides a look at the quarterback situation going forward:

"For the spring at least, that responsibility will on the shoulders of redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen. This summer, freshmen Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier will arrive on campus. Redshirt sophomore Gray Crow will be the backup to Olsen in spring drills."

No matter who earns the starting role for the first game against Louisville in September, he will have a lot of work to do to not only replace Williams but also Morris. The departed senior passed for over 3,000 yards with at least 20 touchdowns in each of the past two years and was a major reason the team was able to win nine games last season.

Unfortunately, only Gray Crow got any experience in games last year, going 6-of-8 for 55 yards one touchdown and one interception. Still, Olsen has plenty of ability and should be able to step in and be productive early in his career.

On the other hand, the Hurricanes could be in serious trouble if he struggles early with not a lot of experience on offense.


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