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Underrated Miami Hurricanes: Stephen Morris

Morris led potent Miami offenses that were let down by poor play on defense

Injured Miami Hurricanes quarterback Jacory Harris (left) congratulates Stephen Morris (17) after Morris led the Hurricanes to a 26-20 win over Maryland in 2010. The victory came in Morris’ first start of his true freshman season.
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Think back amongst Miami Hurricane quarterbacks of the past 15 years and Stephen Morris likely is not the first name that comes to mind.

It is easy to recall Brad Kaaya’s career that made him Miami’s all-time leading passer, Jacory Harris’ heroics against Florida State in 2009 or even Malik Rosier’s leadership as Miami started the season 10-0 in 2017.

But given the circumstances surrounding the Hurricanes program during Morris’ time with Miami and his accomplishments, Morris is definitely underrated as a college quarterback.

Morris is fourth on Miami’s all-time leading passer list with 7,896 yards sitting behind Kaaya, Harris and Ken Dorsey, despite only being the full-time starter in 2012 and 2013.

The Miami Monsignor Pace graduate played in a part-time role in 2010 and 2011 when Harris was unable to play because of suspension or injury. He was 2-2 in as a starter as a true freshman in 2010.

Morris was the full-time starting quarterback in 2012 and 2013 and led an explosive offense each season. Miami finished No.25 nationally in passing yards per game in the 2012 season and No.37 overall in total offense with Morris at the helm.

Morris’ best game of 2012 came in a home win against NC State when he passed for 566 yards and five touchdowns.

In 2013, the Hurricanes averaged just under 34 points per game, good enough to be just outside the top 30 nationally. Morris led Miami to a 7-0 start, including a win over rival Florida, before Duke Johnson got hurt against Florida State in game eight and Miami finished the regular season 9-3.

Morris’ rocket arm and ability to move outside the pocket was a huge asset in offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch’s offense in 2012 and then for James Coley in 2013. Morris was constantly bailing out subpar defenses as the Hurricanes ranked No.116 in total defense in 2012 (only four teams were worse) and No.89 in 2013.

Check out some highlights from Morris’ career with Miami from 2010-2013.

Also, remember Miami’s Raising Canes video series during the Golden era? Morris had one of the best episodes. Enjoy.