Miami Hurricanes star quarterback Stephen Morris had himself quite an extraordinary day against the South Florida Bulls, but he was unable to finish it after sustaining an ankle injury in the third quarter. Morris came into the game with a bone bruise in his ankle, but the injury was minor and Miami even took him off of the injury report today. He was able to practice fully, but it just goes to show you that a setback or an aggravated injury can never be counted out. Morris’s day is done after re-injuring his ankle, and he has been replaced by Ryan Williams.
Before the injury, Stephen Morris was showing off all of his tools that make him a touted quarterback prospect for this year’s draft, and he showed plenty of consistency in tearing up his opponent. Morris’s stat line reads 11-16, 222 yards, and 13.9 yards per attempt, and backup QB Williams is picking things up right where Morris left them for the ‘Canes. Williams has completed 7 of 11 passes for 150 yards and an average of 13.6 yards per attempt with a touchdown. Neither QB has thrown a pick, and Morris had a total of two TDs.
Morris is going to be a high pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and he has all the physical tools to be a franchise quarterback at the next level. The issue for Morris is decision-making, because he is known for making some poorly timed throws. He didn’t show any of that today, and that’s a big plus for his draft stock. Consistency is the key, and that’s what led QBs like Mike Glennon and Tyler Wilson to be docked heavily last year. What Morris needs to do is turn those flashes into consistency.
The extent of his ankle injury is unknown, and the fact that he re-injured his ankle is a surprise. The ailment was deemed as very minor, and Al Golden showed no concerns about Morris’s injury; nobody really thought he was injure it again either. Miami is currently up 49-7 on 0-3 USF, and the Hurricanes will easily clean this game up for a 4-0 record. Duke Johnson was thought to have suffered a concussion, but he returned and is as good as ever.