The Miami Hurricanes might be 4-0, but if they want to remain undefeated, then quarterback Stephen Morris is going to have to stay healthy and pick up his game a few notches.
It’s not that Morris is playing poorly. When he’s healthy, he’s usually always playing well. But he hasn’t gotten yet to that level that is expected from a senior quarterback who has been playing as he did in the past. He’s had modest success so far and to his credit, Morris did deliver the Hurricanes to a win over Florida and threw for two touchdowns in that critical game.
In upcoming ACC games when Miami will be fiercely tested, Morris will need to stand out as a senior quarterback. When he started all 12 games a year ago, he seemed to have recovered beautifully from offseason back surgery. He passed for 3,345 yards which is the fifth most in single season for Miami quarterbacks. His 245 completions were No. 2 in school history.
With that in mind, Morris should be the strength of the Hurricane offense that will roll up a lot of points and be tough to stop. He’s a championship-caliber quarterback for a championship-caliber team.
Miami is getting to that level but is not quite there yet. So far, they are four games into the NCAA-football season, and Morris has had various leg injuries that have hampered him. Morris has the ability to lead Miami to a successful run through the ACC. But they need him to stay healthy, consistent and effective. If he does that, the Hurricanes could wind up in the national title picture. Without Morris, making the BCS would even be questionable.