Moved into the backup quarterback position behind Carlyle Holiday after an impressive spring ? was the offensive most valuable player of the Blue-Gold Game after leading the Blue team to a 17-14 win ? went 11 of 25 from the field for 146 yards and one rushing TD ? showed tremendous poise and excellent decision making ability in the game ? completed a 30-yard pass to Jared Clark in the contest setting up a Nate Schiccatano rushing touchdown ? has a good arm and has good decision-making skills.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see action as a freshman signalcaller for the Irish in ?02.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: First-team New Jersey all-state pick by Newark Star-Ledger ? offensive player of the year by Newark Star-Ledger and Passiac County?s Herald News (brother Greg was Herald News defensive player of the year) ? earned three letters in football at Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, N.J. ? finished with 31-4 record as a starter, including 10-2 as senior, 11-1 as junior, 10-1 as sophomore ? threw 172 times with 97 completions for 1,864 yards and 24 touchdowns with only five interceptions as senior in ?01 ? earned first-team New Jersey all-state honors as both junior and senior ? captain of team as senior ? his Wayne Hills team fell to Ramapo in ?01 New Jersey Group III state title game, the third of three state title games in which he played ? hit all 16 of his pass attempts for 256 yards and two TDs in ?01 semifinal playoff game vs. Lenape Valley ? completed 98 of 154 passes as junior in ?00 for 1,757 yards and 21 TDs ? set career records for passing yards (4,823), TD passes (56), attempts (471) and completions (262) ? plus season records in same categories ? played for his father Chris Sr. in high school ? selected for U.S. Army All-America Bowl in San Antonio but did not play due to injury ? selected for New Jersey North-South all-star game and New York-New Jersey all-star contest ? earned three letters in basketball as forward and two in track as triple jumper ? born 4-4-83 in Paterson, N.J. ? full name is Christian W. Olsen ? oldest of three children ? brother Greg is a freshman tight end for the Irish in ?03 ? father played football at Midland ? enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business ? had a 3.0 grade-point average his first semester.