Transfer QB Olsen leaves Towson

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By: Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor

Head Coach Rob Ambrose said Saturday that quarterback Kevin Olsen has left the program for a violation of team rules and is no longer at the school. The circumstances surrounding his departure are still unknown, but The Towerlight will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

“He was a young man who we had decided to give an opportunity, a second chance, and that didn’t work out,” Ambrose said. “He was going to be able to compete for a starting job. … It was my understanding that he was doing pretty well. [He got] with the team and got into a rhythm with what they were doing and seemed to be going with that pretty well.”

Olsen announced he was transferring to Towson from Miami in December. He had three years of eligibility left after redshirting at Miami.

However, Olsen’s time at Miami was tumultuous. He was suspended three times over the course of two seasons before leaving the school in September.

In May of 2013, Olsen was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and careless driving. On September 15 of last year, he was charged with driving under the influence and possessing a fake driver’s license.

Ambrose said he doesn’t know whether Olsen will find another school, but he brought the quarterback in to give him another chance.

“I don’t know what his future holds,” Ambrose said. “The way the world is, sometimes you just never know. The best we could do was give him an opportunity and what he did or didn’t do with it was up to him.”

Olsen was a four-star recruit coming out of Wayne Hills High School in New Jersey. He was a 2013 Under Armour All-American and ranked No. 4 by Scout.com.

He never played a game at Miami but briefly competed for a starting spot last spring. He was introduced as part of Towson’s 2015 recruiting class Feb. 4.

Towson will now look to senior Connor Frazier, who started most of the 2014 season, and second-year quarterback Ellis Knudson to compete for the starting role.

Ambrose said he’s confident in his quarterbacks, but he isn’t ruling out other potential Division 1-A quarterbacks looking to transfer.

“I’m sure there will be a {Division 1-A] quarterback out there who’s not happy with his perceived playing time in the spring,” Ambrose said. “I’m sure we’ll get a phone call on more than one guy and we’ll evaluate each one of those as they come. … It behooves anyone at this level to keep their eyes and ears open at all times for any possible difference makers. We’ll be looking at that position come the end of the spring.”

The Tigers will host Tiger Bowl V on April 18 at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

2 thoughts on “Transfer QB Olsen leaves Towson

  1. “Breaking news” lmao, get real. Take some damn money out of sports and start properly educating students with actual news that directly affects our lives, community, and city. I truely wish I could say that my tuition went to something that truly improved my development but all I saw was a new stadium, and a $10 million dollar bridge that wasn’t useful to more than 75% of students. However, I did get the pleasure of dealing with countless new teachers that had no teaching experience or real qualifications in 300 and 400 level classes. I’m sure TU saved a great deal on education expenses in the past few years.

    Regardless, most students don’t care about this piece of news since the tailgating situation.

  2. I’d read a story about this clown a few months ago. The only thing I can thank Towson for is getting rid of him before a “violation of team rules” got someone around here killed.

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