Kevin Olsen Still Solid to Miami
After being sidelined with an injury for the majority of the season, Wayne Hills (N.J.) High School quarterback Kevin Olsen is back for the playoffs–and so far, so good.
In his first game back, Olsen threw three picks and completed only half of his passes which isn’t out of the ordinary for a QB fresh off an injury.Since then, he’s been doing much better.
“Little bit of rust, but one of the interceptions were a Hail Mary, one the receiver ran the wrong route, so really only one of them was his fault,” Jon Goldstein said, Wayne Hills offensive line coach. “He had a much better game this last week–we beat Hackensack 35-0–he had two touchdown passes. I think he was 9-for-16 for 137 yards. They are a good team. We played really well defensively and Kevin had a solid game. His first touchdown was a 41 yard go-route to a receiver.”
Miami offensive line coach Art Kehoe recently stopped in at Wayne Hills High School to check on Olsen.
“Coach Kehoe was here two weeks ago, the day before the Virginia game. I talked to Coach Kehoe. I’ve been down to Miami when Greg (Olsen) was there to watch spring practice and I am actually an o-line coach here, so I always watch Coach Kehoe. I think he’s great. I could talk to him all day. He has a great personality, outstanding coach and has been at Miami forever. Every new coach that takes over there retains him, so obviously he is a very good coach.”
Coach Goldstein said that Olsen has a great relationship with the entire Miami coaching staff. “Kevin is obviously close with Coach (Jedd) Fisch. Again, Coach Kehoe is a very personable guy. Kevin likes all of the coaches down there, he really does.”
So, how strong is Olsen’s commitment?
“It is very solid,” Goldstein said. “Barring something catastrophic. He is as solid as they come barring crazy sanctions or something like that which we do not foresee happening. He is very, very solid.”
Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the Northeast and luckily, besides power outages, Wayne Hills, N.J. wasn’t hit as hard as other parts of the state.
“Our power was out for over a week,” Goldstein said. “Kevin didn’t have power for over a week. As far as flooding and all of that, we didn’t get hurt, just the power was out and it made life miserable.”