Miami Hurricanes senior quarterback Stephen Morris came into the 2013 with high expectations following a breakout junior campaign. In fact, many NFL scouts have Morris ranked as one of the top five quarterback prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft.
However, despite the Canes 2-0 record, Morris has gotten off to a bit of a sluggish start. In wins against Florida Atlantic and Florida, Morris has barely completed 50 percent of his pass attempts, something that will need to improve if the Canes have any aspirations of winning the ACC crown.
It’s not like Morris isn’t surrounded with tremendous weapons once again this season. The Canes have a great running game, led by Duke Johnson, and have several receivers with big play capabilities.
Allen Hurns, Phillip Dorsett and Herb Waters have all done a nice job getting separation from defensive backs, but all too often, they haven’t been in sync with Morris. In fact, on a few occasions, there was obvious miscommunications between Morris and his wide outs, as receivers were running routes that Morris clearly wasn’t anticipating.
His performance against Florida was very inconsistent, but that could be expected as he was facing what looks to be a fantastic Gators defense. Their athleticism in the secondary, combined with a formidable pass rush, made Morris look skittish at times.
Morris needs an opportunity to get back on track, and should be afforded one this weekend when Savannah State travels to Coral Gables. New offensive coordinator James Coley should use the game to get Morris in a better rhythm as the Canes head into ACC play in 2013.
He’s unquestionably one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and he needs to play like it once again.
B.L. is an ACC football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip or on Google.