Olsen is another in a long line of standout tight ends produced by the Hurricanes in recent years. He hopes to continue that success at the next level, much like former Miami All-Americans Bubba Franks (Green Bay), Jeremy Shockey (New York Giants) and Kellen Winslow, Jr. (Cleveland). Both Greg and his brother, Christian, originally began their collegiate careers at Notre Dame, but Greg Olsen transferred to Miami for the 2003 season and Christian also left the Irish, enrolling at Virginia, where he is a quarterback.
Greg Olsen was a USA Today, Parade, Super Prep and Prep Star first-team All-American choice as a senior in 2002 at Wayne Hills High School, where his older brother, Christian, lettered as a quarterback and his father, Chris, was the head coach. Greg Olsen was one of three finalists for Gatorade National Player of the Year honors, adding Defensive Player of the Year accolades from the Newark Star-Ledger and Herald News Offensive Player of the Year recognition.
The two-time New Jersey All-State pick helped his team to a 12-0 mark in 2002 and the New Jersey Group III state title. He was rated third overall on ESPN's list of top 100 players nationally and ranked 10th in the nation on the list of Hot 100 prospects by The Sporting News. Olsen also ranked second nationally among tight ends on the CBSSportsLine.com Top 100 Dream Team.
Olsen caught 38 passes for 703 yards (18.5-yard average) and 14 touchdowns, adding seven carries for 117 yards (16.7 avg) on offense. He recorded 87 tackles, 25 stops for losses, 15 sacks and four fumble recoveries at defensive end as a senior. During his junior campaign, he registered 89 tackles, with 35 for losses. He totaled 73 career catches for 1,474 yards (20.2 avg) and a school-record 27 touchdowns.
Olsen also handled long-snapping chores. He was a power forward on the school's basketball squad, averaging 16 points and eight rebounds per game. He also competed in track, recording a personal best 161-foot throw in the javelin.
In 2003, Olsen enrolled at Notre Dame. He attended some preseason practices there before enrolling at Miami (Fla.) in time for the fall semester. Olsen was named the MVP of Miami's scout team, but was granted a medical hardship and did not play due to a shoulder injury.
Olsen started the first two games of the 2004 campaign and appeared in nine contests total, but missed three contests after fracturing his left wrist vs. North Carolina. He made 16 catches for 275 yards (17.2 avg) and one touchdown before sitting out the end of his redshirt freshman campaign.
Olsen earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention after replacing departed Kevin Everett as the team's full-time starter at tight end in 2005. He ranked second on the team with 31 catches for 451 yards (14.5 avg) and four touchdowns. He also came up with a pair of tackles and served as the team's reserve long snapper.
Olsen led the team in receiving during the 2006 season. He hauled in 40 passes for 489 yards (12.2 avg), but managed only one touchdown. He also posted two tackles on special teams. Olsen earned First-Team All-ACC honors.
After the MPC Computers Bowl game, Olsen announced that he was entering the 2007 NFL Draft rather than spending his senior season at Miami. Olsen started 26 of the 33 games in which he played for the Hurricanes. He totaled 87 receptions for 1,215 yards (14.0 avg) and six touchdowns. He also recorded four tackles (two solo).
Positives: Has a good frame with adequate muscle definition in the chest and arms, good bubble, quadriceps and calves Has the long arms to extend for the ball away from the frame and can carry at least another 15 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness
Demonstrates very good balance and body control, with good timed speed and quickness for his position Shows good vision throughout the route and has the flexibility to make adjustments on the field, once he locates soft areas in the zone Has soft, natural hands and loose hips to adjust to the off-target throws Good game player who competes for the ball in a crowd and has good playmaking ability when he maintains concentration on the field Uses his size and strength well when extending his arms to keep defenders off his body His initial step lets him gain advantage on the opponent and his loose hips let him redirect when the route progression is impeded Flashes the lower-body agility and feet to plant and drive quickly out of his breaks Best when used on screens and fades, as he has the size and strength to power through the jam and enough quickness to get open underneath Shows the feel to adjust and uncover and effective ball reaction to look the pass in Big target over the middle who does a very good job of adjusting to the ball in flight Shows the speed, body control and timing to catch the ball in stride and is alert enough to settle in the zone's soft spots Much more effective when he reads coverages, as he can isolate the linebacker Has enough timed speed and balance to pull away from second-level defenders Much more effective when he uses his size and strength to ward off the jam Shows very good overall flexibility to adjust to the low throws and is alert coming back to the play when the quarterback is pressured Effective when working over the middle than on isolated routes Physical receiver who will use his body to shield the ball from defenders Does a good job of reading the flight of the ball to get under it and shows true courage sacrificing his body to get to the ball in traffic Very good at breaking arm tackles. He runs with good body lean to gain yardage after contact Has the straight-line acceleration and run vision to power through the trash Good position blocker with the balance and lower-body strength to gain movement off the snap.
Negatives: Because of a lack of explosion, he does not appear as fast as his timed speed indicates, but he has the agility to adjust and get under the pass once he is on the move Needs to do a better job of recognizing the blitz and pass rush, as he appears slow at times to slide in pass protection Must show better urgency taking angles to block along the perimeter (slow to kick out and block for the outside running game) Has good short-area quickness and strength to power through a hold-up, but needs to be more active with his hands to get a clean release Will sometimes be late into his route when he fails to use his hands to defeat the press Lacks the vertical explosion to get deep consistently, but can power through arm tackles to gain additional yardage after contact While Olsen is good at uncovering, he needs to do it with better consistency, as he tends to run to spots on the field (see 2006 Houston and Virginia Tech games) The staff says that Olsen has excellent field vision, but when used in critical situations on third-down plays, he lacks consistency, converting only 7 of 30 third-down plays over the past two seasons His focus is erratic at times, as he has the natural hands to reach and pluck away from his frame, but has had several drops because he prefers to let the ball absorb into his body Has good vertical agility, but needs to improve his timing, as he had 16 passes deflected out of his hands over the past two seasons (see 2006 North Carolina and Maryland games and 2005 Florida State and Georgia Tech contests) Needs to show a better understanding for gaining leverage on pulls and sweeps (gets too erect in his stance and needs to sink his hips better).
Compares To JEREMY SHOCKEY, New York Giants (Miami, Fla.) Olsen and Shockey fit the mold of classic Hurricane tight ends -- big, quick, strong and superb underneath receivers. Olsen still has room to grow physically and needs to improve his timing to snag passes at their high point. With his running stride and long arms, he is an inviting target over the middle.
During his two years as the Hurricanes' full-time starter, Olsen caught 71 passes for 940 yards (13.2 avg) and five touchdowns Of his 71 grabs, 46 resulted in first downs, as Olsen converted 7 of 30 third-down plays Of the 112 passes thrown to Olsen since 2004, 16 were deflected by the opposition.
Third-Team All-American choice by The NFL Draft Report All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection Received Academic All-District III first-team recognition from ESPN and CoSIDA Named the team's Receiver of the Year Played in 12 contests at tight end, missing the Duke contest and most of the Florida International game after suffering a concussion vs. FIU in the first quarter Still managed to lead the team and rank fifth in the conference with a career-high 40 receptions for 489 yards (12.2-yard average) and a touchdown Was penalized twice and made two tackles with a fumble recovery Of the 61 passes thrown to Olsen, nine were deflected by the opposition Registered 22 catches for first downs, as he converted 4 of 20 third-down plays and had seven grabs for 20 yards or longer Came up with big catches that set up five touchdown drives and two more that resulted in Miami field goals.
2006 Game Analysis
Florida State Opened the season with two catches for eight yards and was called for a holding penalty with 4:32 left in the first half Also failed to convert three third-down passes into first downs Head-to-Head Competition --SS#20 Anthony Houllis -- Two tackles (one solo).
Florida A&M Had 51 yards on three catches, with two of those grabs resulting in first downs Set up Charlie Jones' 5-yard scoring run with a 24-yard reception at the start of the second quarter Tackled Jason Beach after the defender intercepted a Kirby Freeman 3rd-and-8 pass and returned it 11 yards before Olsen took him down at the Miami 37 with 1:56 left in the first half His 18-yard catch at the start of the third quarter set up a 20-yard scoring scamper by tailback Tyrone Moss to cap an 80-yard, eight-play drive Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#25 Ernest Williams -- Eight tackles (two solo).
Louisville Olsen snared three passes for 20 yards, but also dropped a third-down toss Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#13 Jon Russell -- Four tackles (one solo), a forced fumble, a 12-yard sack.
Houston Olsen managed only two catches for 11 yards QB Kyle Wright's second quarter pass to Olsen bounced off the tight end's hands and into the arms of Houston linebacker Wade Koehl. That set up a 38-yard field goal by Ben Bell, putting the Cougars up 10-7 Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#28 Kenneth Fontenette -- Ten tackles (seven solo).
North Carolina Olsen matched a career-best with eight catches for 95 yards, earning ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week and John Mackey National Tight End of the Week honors He had a 26-yard grab, followed with a 14-yard gain on a 3rd-and-4 screen pass from QB Kyle Wright that set up a 1-yard scoring run by tailback Charlie Jones to end a seven-play, 56-yard drive with eight seconds left in the first half Olsen later took down Brandon Tate on a nine-yard punt return in the third quarter Later in the game, he snatched 13- and 14-yard passes before having a 3rd-and-4 toss knocked out of his arms, helping Miami to a 40-yard field goal Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#27 Kareen Taylor -- Five solo tackles.
Florida International Olsen suffered a concussion when he collided with a defender and hit the ground violently on a 3rd-and-11 throw from QB Kyle Wright on Miami's game-opening drive Olsen suffered a concussion on the play and did not return to the game.
Duke Did not play (concussion).
Georgia Tech Returned after missing one game and came up with five receptions, including three that resulted in first downs, as he gained 91 yards, including a 341-yard touchdown on a pass up the seam by Kyle Wright in the fourth quarter, setting up that score with an eight-yard grab three plays earlier Kept a second-quarter drive alive with a 22-yard gain on a 3rd-and-10 sideline throw from Wright Head-to-Head Competition --SS#4 Jamal Lewis -- Six solo tackles, one stop for a four-yard loss.
Virginia Tech Olsen followed with two receptions for 14 yards and also recovered a fumble by QB Kirby Freeman on a bootleg, as Olsen pounced on the ball at midfield midway through the second quarter Head-to-Head Competition --SS#30-Cary Wade -- Two tackles (one solo).
Maryland Olsen bounced back with three of his four catches producing first downs, gaining 41 yards He was penalized for a false start late in the first quarter, but helped set up a Jon Peattie 32-yard field goal with a 14-yard catch of a fade pass from QB Kirby Freeman Olsen kept a third quarter drive alive with an eight-yard gain on a 3rd-and-5 throw from Freeman Head-to-Head Competition --SS#12 Marcus Wimbush -- Eight tackles (three solo).
Virginia Olsen followed with five receptions for 57 yards, as three of those catches were good for first downs He kept a drive alive in the first quarter, catching a 3rd-and-5 lob from QB Kirby Freeman for a five-yard gain He also added a 32-yard grab at the start of the fourth quarter Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#22 Byron Glasby -- Five tackles (three solos), one stop for a two-yard loss.
Boston College Olsen totaled 56 yards on four catches, setting up a two-yard touchdown run by Javarris James with a 30-yard reception in the third quarter during a seven-play, 73-yard drive Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#24 Ryan Glasper -- Four tackles (two solo).
Nevada (MPC Computers Bowl) Olsen closed out his career with two catches for 45 yards, including a 33-yarder on a 2nd-and-15 toss from Kirby Freeman midway through the fourth quarter Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#17 Uche Anyamwu -- Seven tackles (three solo).
All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention Took over tight end duties, starting all 12 games Ranked second on the team with 31 receptions for 451 yards (14.5-yard average) and four touchdowns Added a pair of tackles Was penalized once and turned the ball over on a fumble Of the 51 passes thrown to Olsen, seven were deflected by the opposition Of his 31 receptions, 24 produced first downs and he converted 3 of 10 third-down plays Had six receptions for gains of 20 yards or more Made three catches inside the red zone and had big plays that set up six touchdown drives and two more that resulted in field goals Also served as the backup long snapper.
2005 Game Analysis
Florida State Olsen opened the season with the only 100-yard receiving performance for his career, earning John Mackey Award National Tight End of the Week honors after catching eight passes, including seven that produced first downs, and three grabs that gained at least 20 yards apiece, finishing with 137 yards Olsen had a 25-yard catch in the second quarter and followed with consecutive grabs totaling 16 and 22 yards in the third quarter He tackled Leon Washington on a 19-yard punt return to start the fourth quarter On the team's early fourth-quarter drive, Olsen converted three third-down tosses into first downs, gaining 15 (3rd-and-6), 18 (3rd-and-7) and 26 (3rd-and-19) yards, but the Seminoles' ninth sack of QB Kyle Wright, followed by a bad snap that was recovered by FSU killed the Hurricanes' 19-play, 81-yard drive Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#41 Kyler Hall -- Twelve tackles (four solos), one stop for a one-yard loss, 25-yard interception return.
Clemson Caught two passes for nine yards, but had another potential reception batted out of his hands Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#12 C.J. Gaddis -- Six tackles (three solo), one pass deflection.
Colorado Grabbed three passes for 25 yards, but failed to convert two third-down plays Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#5 J.J. Billingsley -- Five tackles (four solo), one stop for a two-yard loss.
South Florida Olsen snared two passes for 72 yards, including a 57-yarder midway through the second quarter, but he was stripped of the ball by Carlton Hill at the USF 6-yard line and South Florida recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchback, killing an 81-yard, four-play drive Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#6 Johnnie Jones -- Four tackles (two solos), one pass deflection.
Duke Olsen added 31 yards on three receptions, including an 18-yard touchdown with 4:42 left in the first half He added a 12-yarder to the Duke 26 that was followed by QB Kyle Wright's 26-yard scoring strike to Sinorice Moss Was penalized for a false start with 0:33 remaining in the second quarter Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#27 Chris Davis -- Five tackles (one solo), two interceptions.
Temple Olsen followed with three catches for 38 yards and two touchdowns He had a nine-yard reception to set up his 21-yard scoring grab midway through the first quarter and followed on the team's next drive with an 8-yard touchdown on a 2nd-and-goal toss from Kyle Wright Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#4 Justin Johnson -- Five tackles (one solo).
North Carolina For the third consecutive game, Olsen made three catches, all good for first downs, as he totaled 36 yards Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#31 Trimane Goddard -- Nine tackles (five solo), two interceptions.
Virginia Tech The Hurricanes' tight end picked up 23 yards on two grabs, but failed to get to three other throws His 17-yarder at the start of the second half set up a Miami 24-yard field goal, after Olsen had dropped a 3rd-and-goal pass from Kyle Wright Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#36 Aaron Rouse -- Thirteen tackles (four solo), one pass deflection.
Wake Forest Olsen caught two of three passes -- one was deflected -- intended for him, gaining 25 yards Had a 10-yard touchdown on a crossing pattern from QB Kyle Wright midway through the third quarter Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#30 Patrick Ghee -- Six tackles (four solo).
Georgia Tech Olsen did not catch any of the three passes thrown to him, with two being deflected, but he did tackle Dennis Davis at the Tech 3-yard line after the defender intercepted a Kyle Wright pass with 1:38 left in the game Head-to-Head Competition -- SS #18 Chris Reis -- Seven tackles (four solos), two pass deflections.
Virginia The Miami tight end bounced back with three receptions for 55 yards, with two of those grabs producing first downs, but he also failed to catch three other throws His yard-yard grab down to the Virginia 17 was followed by Kyle Wright's 17-yard scoring strike to Sinorice Moss with 50 seconds left in the first half His 30-yard catch that was downed at the UVA 21 set up Jon Peattie's 30-yard field goal to salvage some points from that 63-yard, 11-play third quarter drive Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#21 Byron Glasby -- Eight tackles (seven solo).
Louisiana State (Peach Bowl) Started, but did not catch either of the two throws targeted to him, dropping one on a third-down play Head-to-Head Competition -- SS#31 Jesse Daniels -- No tackles.
Played in nine games, starting the first two contests of his career vs. Florida State and Louisiana Tech Suffered a broken bone in his left wrist vs. North Carolina, missing the following week's action vs. Clemson Returned to see limited playing time vs. Virginia and Wake Forest before he re-aggravated the injury, sitting out the team's final two games vs. Virginia Tech and Florida (Peach Bowl) Finished sixth on the team with 16 catches for 275 yards (17.2-yard average) and one touchdown Also served as the team's long snapper before he injured his wrist.
2004 Game Analysis
In the season opener vs. Florida State, Olsen started his first game as a Hurricane in a two-tight end formation and caught two passes for 39 yards Started again vs. Louisiana Tech and caught two passes for 30 yards Played as the backup at Houston and caught one pass for 12 yards Caught one pass for 23 yards at Georgia Tech Scored his first career touchdown vs. Louisville on a 9-yard pass from Brock Berlin. For the game, totaled three receptions for a season-high 89 yards, including a 51-yarder Played extensively at North Carolina State, catching three passes for 36 yards For the third-straight game, he caught three passes, this time for 35 yards, at North Carolina before suffering a broken left wrist Missed the Clemson game due to his wrist injury Returned to action at Virginia and had one catch for 11 yards Played as a backup vs. Wake Forest but did not have any catches for the first time all season Did not play in the last two games (Virginia Tech and in the Peach Bowl vs. Florida) because of his wrist injury.
Originally enrolled at Notre Dame and went through several preseason drills with the Fighting Irish, but decided to transfer to Miami (Fla.) Was granted a medical hardship due to a shoulder injury Was named Scout Team MVP before hurting his shoulder.
2003: Granted a medical hardship after he suffered a shoulder contusion early in fall camp.
2004: Suffered a broken bone in his left wrist vs. North Carolina (10/30), sitting out the following game vs. Clemson. He returned vs. Virginia and Wake Forest before he re-injured his wrist, sitting out the final two contests vs. Virginia Tech (12/04) and Florida (12/31) in the Peach Bowl.
2006: Left the Florida International game (10/14) early in the first quarter with a concussion, sitting out the next week vs. Duke.
Campus: 4.73 in the 40-yard dash 400-pound bench press 515-pound squat 34-inch vertical jump 32 3/8-inch arm length 9 5/8-inch hands.
Attended Wayne Hills (N.J.) High School, playing football for his father, head coach Chris Olsen USA Today, Parade, Super Prep and Prep Star first-team All-American choice as a senior in 2002 One of three finalists for Gatorade National Player of the Year honors, adding Defensive Player of the Year accolades from the Newark Star-Ledger and Herald News Offensive Player of the Year recognition The two-time New Jersey All-State pick helped his team to a 12-0 mark in 2002 and the New Jersey Group III state title Rated third overall on ESPN's list of top 100 players nationally and ranked 10th in the nation on the list of Hot 100 prospects by The Sporting News Also ranked second nationally among tight ends on the CBSSportsLine.com Top 100 Dream Team Caught 38 passes for 703 yards (18.5 avg) and 14 touchdowns, adding seven carries for 117 yards (16.7-yard average) on offense and recorded 87 tackles to go with 25 stops for losses, 15 sacks and four fumble recoveries at defensive end as a senior As a junior he registered 89 tackles, with 35 tackles for losses. He totaled 73 career catches for 1,474 yards (20.2 avg) and a school-record 27 touchdowns Member of National Honor Society and Ecology club.
Criminology major Older brother, Christian, was a reserve quarterback at Notre Dame (2002-03) before transferring to Virginia (2004-06) One of three children of Susan and Chris Olsen Born Greg Walter Olsen on 3/11/85 in Paterson, New Jersey Resides in Wayne, New Jersey.