In sports, the scout team, also referred to as a practice team, practice squad or practice roster, is a group of players on a team whose task is to emulate future opponents for the featured (or starting) players. Frequently used in American or Canadian Football, these teams consist of less athletically developed or less skilled players. However, unlike a traditional scrimmage, scout teams often have to learn a variety of different football playbooks in order to simulate the tendencies of future opponents.
That's how Wikipedia defnies the Scout Team. But at the University of Miami, where first round NFL talent used to ooze out the doors, the Scout Team used to be a place where the next group of superstars waited for the older superstars to finish up their careers before heading to the pros. Coach Randy Shannon would love for it to get back to that way. Former standout Scout Team MVPs include: walk-on Corey Nelms (2009), Damien Berry (2008) and Adewale Ojomo (2007). As we move ahead in our Top 60 countdown, is there going to be another hidden Scout Team gem in this group?
> 51. Stephen Morris, QB, Fr.: He wasn't the most highly-regarded quarterback the Hurricanes have signed in the past decade, but Morris (6-2, 183) showed signs this spring he has the raw materials to be a starting quarterback for this program down the line. Morris had a stellar spring game, completing 12 of his 21 passes for 209 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. At Monsignor Pace in Miami, Morris threw for 3,536 yards, 41 TDs and 15 INTs between his junior and senior seasons. While most Hurricanes fans were hoping UM landed Miami-Dade record setting quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey out of Miami Central, offensive coordinator Mark Whipple preferred what he saw in Morris, who is taller and perhaps better suited for UM's offense. With highly regarded Teddy Bridgewater of Miami Northwestern expected to sign with UM in February, it will be an important year for Morris to cement his place behind Jacory Harris and A.J. Highsmith.
> 52. Dyron Dye, DE, R-Fr.: One of the nation's top prospects in 2009, Dye was injured at the start of last season and redshirted. The 6-5, 240-pound former Sanford Seminole standout and high school teammate of safety Ray Ray Armstrong, Dye (pictured below) will have to beat out a lot of talented and experienced players in front of him to see the field in 2010. So, unless a few of them go down with injuries, Dye is likely going to spend most of the season on scout team before making a bigger splash in 2011.
> 53. Joseph Nicolas, S, R-Jr.: After making eight starts and playing in 11 games as a sophomore in 2008, Nicolas played in only three last season before sitting out the remainder of the season and earning a medical redshirt. With Ray Ray Armstrong, Vaughn Telemaque and even Jamal Reid now ahead of him on the depth chart, Nicolas (6-1, 200) is likely going to be a backup the rest of his career.
> 54. Shayon Green, LB, R-Fr.: Green (6-2, 235) was hand picked by defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff from his hometown of Tifton, Ga. A standout defensive end and linebacker in high school who racked 125 tackles, two sacks and five forced fumbles as a senior, Green began the spring slotted with the first team at middle linebacker. But it quickly became evident he was out of his element, especially coming off injury. With senior Kylan Robinson and ahead of him now on the depth chart, Green will likely be relegated to special teams duties and plenty of scout team work unless somebody in front of him gets hurt.
> 55. Tyrone Cornelius, LB, Fr.: One of six true freshmen to arrive in the spring, Cornelius (6-2, 195) struggled some getting used to college football. But it was expected. A speedy outside linebacker, he finished his senior season at Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga. with 108 tackles, twoblocked punts, an interceptions and two forced fumbles while leading his team to the second round of the playoffs. With the Hurrricanes a bit thin at linebacker in terms of numbers, Cornelius is likely to play some on special teams while he tries to put on some weight.