Hurricanes coach Al Golden was noncommittal Tuesday when asked if Brad Kaaya would still be the team’s starting quarterback when Ryan Williams, five months removed from ACL surgery, is cleared by doctors to begin playing full speed.
“When that time comes, then we'll deal with that competition and the reps and all that,” Golden said. “Right now it's Brad and Jake [ Heaps] until that time.”
Golden said seeking a medical redshirt for Williams this season is “not part of the discussion right now.”
“His job is to get back,” Golden said. “He's been working his tail off. Let's just see where that goes. As soon as we cross that next hump — when we feel he can protect himself from a blitz, from all different angles and not have to premeditate where he's going and just react to it — when we all feel good about it … then we'll take that next step.”
• Golden said the team is planning to redshirt freshman quarterback
, who was suspended for the first two games, is now third on the depth chart at quarterback. “The suspension — because it happened now — doesn't reflect all the growth that he had. I just want to make sure we're clear on that.”
was held out of practice Tuesday to receive treatment on his injured right shoulder. Golden said UM should know more on Coley’s status for Saturday in the next couple of days.