Kevin Olsen’s career with the Towson football team ended before it began.
Coach Rob Ambrose confirmed Tuesday evening that the former University of Miami quarterback, who joined the Tigers in January, was dismissed for a violation of team rules before spring practice began in March.
“The relationship we had with the kid and his family has gone on for quite some time, and everybody was pretty much assured that this would work out for the positive,” Ambrose said. “So it’s disappointing for Kevin, it’s disappointing for us, and we’ll just move on.”
Olsen, the younger brother of former Hurricanes and current Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, was a four-star recruit who was ranked in the class of 2013's top 10 by several national recruiting outlets and was expected to add a passing element to an offense that ranked 108th out of 121 Football Championship Subdivision programs in scoring (16.1 points per game), 104th in total yards (295.2) and 116th in passing yards (131.8).
But Olsen, who was suspended three times at Miami, did not take one snap or throw one pass for Towson.
“It’s a setback in that there’s one less quality player competing for the job,” Ambrose said. “But in truth, he never took a snap here. It’s a setback in that you believed you had a semi-proven commodity as a player who was going to compete and make the team better. But it’s not like he was anointed. He knew he was going to have to compete for the job, and there are some talented guys to compete against.”
Rising senior Connor Frazier might have the inside track for the starting role. Frazier completed 57.3 percent (168 of 293) of his passes and scored 11 touchdowns (nine passing, two rushing) in 2014. But he also tossed eight interceptions and ranked in the bottom half among Colonial Athletic Association quarterbacks in passing yards, completions and passing efficiency.
Redshirt freshman Ellis Knudson and junior Heath Dahlgren will also compete for the job.