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Newest on QB Stephen Morris (and Jacory)

UM offensive coordinator Mark Whipple spoke to the media at a news conference this morning and talked briefly on injured quarterback Stephen Morris, who hurt his left ankle during yesterday's practice.

When asked if Morris would practice today, Whipple said, "I don't know. We'll see. You know, he rolled his ankle. He was walking around pretty good. It was a lot better last night. So, we'll just see where he's at in the whole thing. I don't think it was bad as they originally thought.

"I quickly saw him this morning so we'll just see what that's like.''

UM will practice later this morning (it's two hours earlier here than in Florida). The practice will be closed, but we will be able to talk to interim coach Jeff Stoutland.

More from Whipple:

With starting job open at qb, how has that impacted Jacory and Stephen's performance in practice as far as competition?

"They both have gotten a lot better. Obviously Jacory is healthy, both physically and mentally, coming off of that kind of a violent concussion. Those guys have been tremendous. We said, 'Her's what we're going to do, and pretty much even the reps.' Obviously Jacory got a lot more [reps] yesterday but I feel really good about that position going into the game -- the best I've felt at any time. Now we'll see where Stephen is at.

"So it's been a positive. They've handled it really well, gotten a lot of reps and we practiced more than we did last year, so it's been really good.''

Moving forward, do you feel like both of those guys, having someone to push each other, is going to help them?  "I don't think competition is ever a bad thing. They're talking all the time and they always [did]. When Stephen played, Jacory was on the sideline helping him out with some things. They'd be there together -- and Spence -- 'Hey, you see this coverage,' or 'Look at this corner,' or 'Look at this safety and what he's doing..., all the things we talk about in meetings, and it carries over to the field. That has always been there. That's kind of why we said, when Randy and I talked, 'Hey, it's important that Jacory went to the Georgia Tech game,' or on the road. He wasn't going to play, but it was important that he was there as another kind of coach.''

We always talk about we've got a real good [meeting] room. Those guys are respectful of one another and have a great relationship.''

 

 

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Did you ask Whip about his job? Has he spoke to Golden? Is he interested in coaching under Golden?

Thank you for constantly reminding us that it is 2 hours earlier there than it is in Florida.

This column is terrible, just bad writing. Manny PLEASE COME BACK!

Yes, Da U. I asked about his job and if he was returning, and what his status was, and how awkward it was, etc. I also asked Lovett about how hard it was for the coaches who are leaving, and how they felt... Whipple totally hedged the question, calling his situation "irrelevant.'' I followed that with another question re: same subject. I will transcribe his answer now and put it on the blog.

Lovett's answer was quite long, and I'll transcribe that afterward...

SUSAN

Susan,
Thanks for the input regarding the OC and DC coaches.

There is a lot going on in the program right now, in addition to the game. Hope Coach Golden delivers in recruiting, and would ask for as many updates as you can provide.

Seems like good news on Morris' ankle.

Keep up the good work!

Man - it's nice to get news about the team instead of all the top-secret hush hush we used to get. It's also nice to know it's an ankle and not a "lower extremity".....sigh.

SUSAN , WHAT IS UP!!! YOU DO A GREAT JOB, IGNORE Cane in WI. HE DOES'NT KNOW THE FIRST THING ABOUT REPORTING. HAVE HEARD YOU ANYTHING ABOUT COACH SHANNON? I READ THAT HE WAS AT THE THE ROSE BOWL PRACTICE FOR WISCONSIN. THE D-COORDINATOR POSITION IS UP FOR GRABS.

ANYWAYS, ENJOY YOUR TIME IN CHUCO TOWN
AMOR POR JUARITOS

Thanks everyone. Appreciate it very much. I am heading right now to UM practice so I can catch Jeff Stoutland at the end. D-coordinator John Lovett had a great answer to my question about him and the other defensive coaches who are leaving and how tough it was. It was a great answer, pretty darn candid. But it was SO long that I need to run so I won't miss Stout. I promise I'll transcribe Lovett's answer for you later. Take care and talk to you all later. Susan.

" Al promised at add depths to our QB position."

Funniest

Typo

EVER..........

Cane in WI,

It's real easy to sit in your snow storm and criticize others. If it were not for people like Susan, you would be completely in the dark regarding this program. On top of it all, you do not pay for access to this blog, so either appreciate the content or get out.

This isn't American Idol, nobody needs your imput.

Thanks for answering my question Susan. Happy New Year!

Thanks Susan,

Dad Rudock said his son Jake is committed to another college whose current qb starter heading to NFL. Is the Dad position incorrect?

Thanks Da U.

Emilio, by the way, I just deleted a comment, after which someone signed my name. It was the one with the incorrect grammar -- "add depths to our QB position.'' I am about to post the quotes by John Lovett and update the qb situation.

Hey Susan...
Looking forward to your next entry. Have u gotten any feedback from former players re. impressions of D'Onofrio? Got any hunches about new O.C. if Whipple leaves?

Thanks - enjoy your stuff

Thank for the updates Susan.

I didn't now we had so many bloggers with such great command of the English language.

I love what Golden is doing with recruiting...getting jucos that can help immediately with a small class is perfect. We have a good base, just need some fill ins. Another note...how did Randy not ever recruit a punter...frustrating.

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