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UM QB draws a crowd: notes from opening day at ACC Football Kickoff

GREENSBORO, NC -- Stephen Morris was surrounded by a steady flow of media members Sunday at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff. He was unfazed -- the same cool, calm, personable player he is on most days at the University of Miami.

He is not easily intimidated, if ever, thinking back over the past few years. 

Morris talked about his recent experience at the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La., where more than 40 college quarterbacks served as counselors, including Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, UNC QB Bryn Renner, Michigan QB Devin Gardner and Gators QB Jeff Driskel.

Driskel was a finalist in the camp's air-it-out quarterback challenge, along with Nevada QB Cody Fajardo and Morris. But it was Morris who won the competition.

He said the competition "changed a lot of things'' for him. "I think the biggest thing for me was just to get that exposure. It helped me tremendously.'' He also said he had a great time getting to know his fellow quarterbacks. Morris said he was "six for six'' in a competition that had the QBS zipping the ball at a moving golf cart with a target attached. "20, 30, 50 yards down the field,'' he said of his precise throws.

Morris' accuracy, poise and by now, mastery of the offense -- even if it is led by a new offensive coordinator in James Coley -- should give the already offensively loaded Canes a great advantage heading into the season.

He said he wants to focus on "staying in the pocket'' while "being active in the pocket'' and getting his feet planted correctly when he makes his throws. "I noticed I rushed a lot last season,'' he said.

Morris wouldn't divulge any specifics on the Coley offense. "I guess you guys have to find out. Not much has changed. We got some new aspects. He brought some new passing concepts, but other than that,'' he said, it's much of the same.

More Morris comments:

On the Florida game Sept. 7 at Sun Life Stadium: "It's definitely one of those games where you cannot go in the offseason and not talk about it. Everytime I'm out there working with my guys I'm telling them, 'Take this rep as if you're playing Florida.'"

How much was he recruited by Florida? "Not much. That's why I'm a Cane. I think this is the best decision of my life, coming to the University of Miami.''

"The Key to our whole offense is everybody on the offensive line is back.''

On Texas A&M QB and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel being sent home from the Manning Passing Academy: "At first I didn't know anything about it until campers started coming up to me and telling me about it. But whatever happened with that situation is between him and Texas A&M.

   "Very cool guy, man. Very down to earth. He has all these accolades and he still is talking to everybody who was coming up to him.. All the fans. He spent time to sign autographs and take pictures with him. He's a very humble guy. He's a funny guy to be around. The media really wants to put it certain ways but Johnny is a great guy.''

  On Coley being from Florida State: "Nothing surprises me in this world. It's truly a business.'' Coach Coley "is a player's coach.''

   On his last 139 passes being throw without an interception, and the pressure that presents: 

   "You just have to go out and play and have fun. If you start thinking about throwing interceptions or second guessing this and that, then you're going to start playing slower and you're going to have to worry about interceptions. Those last four games I wasn't worried about anything. I knew my receivers were going to have my back. I knew my offensive line was protecting me every way they [could], my running backs were running great routes and my tight ends really emerged. Everything just clicked. We're going to pick up where we left off.''

   On the still-pending NCAA case: "It's just a cloud that has been looming over the University of Miami. ...But any decision that is being made right now is completely out of our hands. ...Let that be their decision; Let that be their fight,'' he said of UM president Donna Shalala, coach Al Golden and the UM administration.' 

  On starting the season against FAU: "I think that's a great game. I know a couple of my [high school] teammates went there. They've already started trash-talking with me.''

  On freshman quarterback Kevin Olsen: "Kevin Olsen is an amazing talent. He has a strong arm. Obviously he comes from a family that's very football oriented.''





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Why does Al Golden not have a "cool" nickname in quotes between his first and last name?

Fall is my favorite time of year. Canes Forever!!!

The players we were picking over last season had offers from FIU, UCF, USF, etc. Today we have kids coming in with offers form the top ten recruiting schools in the country! UM will likely have the #1 or 2 class in the country on signing day if everything holds. We haven't said that since Jacory was a freshman!

I'm moving from cautiously optimistic to straight up optimistic!! If UM were a stock I'd tell my clients to BUY!!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | July 21, 2013 at 11:52 PM


Still delusional after all these years huh sodapop ? Get ur facts straight. u have 23 commits and ony 4, yes 4 have offers from the likes of Top-10 teams like Bama-LSU-Florida-Georgia-etc. THAT's IT. 4 ! The other 19 are offered by Low D-1 Programs, like u, mid majors and 1-AA n D-2 hot garbage. Don't u get fooled by the quantity over quality rankings by the paysites that want ur $ and write fiction accordingly to make u dopes pound ur chests collectively. ESPN has it right. check those rankings based on the average rating per player, not the overall inflated class. Gator Commits average 3.7 Stars per player while u average 2.7. Gators are in the TOP-3 in that average while u are the worst in the entire top-30. Goldy has u, looking for any good news after 10 years fools in a tizzy as half ur entire roster are Top-Program rejects. So enjoy whilest u can. Come the season and in Jan.-Feb. the BIG BOYS will clean up with the remaining Top-150 kids that have yet to commit. And u will do nothing but add more garbage after ur yearly Jan-Feb. decommitfest.

btw--- how's ur uncle doing ? cane hell pUrgatory suiting him well ?

EIGHT-2-Star and uNRANKED commits for u... A THIRD of ur class are unwanted by Top-Programs D-II sorry scout team 3rd. string projects.

potential future ACC starters for u though. Like half ur squad ...

The players we were picking over last season had offers from FIU, UCF, USF, etc.


and u still are

10 four stars math major. That we woul be equall to the most. Florida and coach munch has what? the coach there is a train wreck screaming and yelling. it wouldnt matter if he could coach. Your junior high teacher is calling.

Cane fool, you must have gotten your math degree from Florida. Rivals has the gators at 3.4 avg star per recruit and Canes at 3.2. Canes have several guys rated at two star that may possibly play in the NFL. Rated low because they went juco route etc....

Stephen Morris has the arm for the nfl and some nice mobility. Guy is going to have a great season.

Beating Driskel at camp isn't the only place Morris will beat him. Sept. 7th. Canes win! []_[]

Just wanted to clean my earlier post up!


I am still delusional after all these years Sarasota Cane ! I never Get my facts straight. uf has 23 felons committed and ony 4, yes 4 are not on parole, although the same is true of teams like Bama-LSU-Georgia-etc. THAT's IT. 4 ! The other 19 are Aaron Hernandez wannabes infecting our Low IQ cowardly Gator Program, which even Austin Peay is now beating us hillbillies up. I get fooled by the quantity over quality rankings by the paysites that want my $ and write fiction accordingly to make us Gator hillbilly dopes pound our sunken chests collectively. ESPN has it right. check their rankings based on the average number of criminals on our inept Gator team has, not a good kid amongst the class. Gator Commits average 0 Stars per player while UM averages 4.0 Gators are in the BOTTOM-3 in that average while UM is the best in the entire top-30. Muschamp the bagman has us, looking for any good news after 10 years fools in a tizzy as half our entire roster are Top-Program rejects. So I will enjoy whilest I can. Come the season the BIG BOYS like you Canes, will clean up our Gator mess with beatings like the one from Louisville. And we cowards will do nothing but add more garbage after our yearly Jan-Feb. decommitfest.

btw--- how's my uncle Morrison doing? Bow Wow! Another day, another cowardly Gator arrest!

I'll take 20 3 star south florida kids over any north florida or out of state four star fraud.Golden recruits off of potential and gets what he wants.UFelon should be worrying about yer selves and your next trip to Miami.

Hey, take it easy on U of Felons. They are just going though a tough time. Their arrest to NC ratio is creeping up to their "self-imposed" limit of 10 to 1. This is causing them rectuing problems. They either have to win another NC(and we know that isn't happening), recruit a completely different type of player(one with transcripts instead of assset records) or get the Head Felon(pres of U of Felon) to declared they have cleaned up Urban's mess and remove the limits. Give the a break, this whole "have a little class, or at least go to one" is real hard on reptiles. Sorry, I didn't mean to insult non-human reptiles.

Wg cane...your compression skills are that of a ufelon grad. RC didnt use averages in his statment,he didnt say we averaged 4 stars.....U gator fans try to fit in with fake cane names but U cant hide stupidity.....just sayin'!

Rivals 2014 recruiting rankings....

1. Tenn


24. Floriduh

uf is being out recruited by the likes of Rutgers, Baylor, and Vanderbilt......


See for your self...

Player arrests under Muschump....

Date Player Charge Level Offense #* Discipline Result
Jan. 2011
April 2011 CB Janoris Jenkins Marijuana poss.
Marijuana poss. MISD (2nd)
MISD (2nd) 1
2 Unannounced
N/A Dismissed
April 2011
Jan. 2011 LB Chris Martin Marijuana poss. MISD (2nd) 1 Unannounced Transferred
June 2011
Jan. 2011 DE Kendric Johnson Marijuana poss. MISD (2nd) 1 Unannounced Graduated^
May 2011 S De'Ante Saunders Marijuana poss. MISD (2nd) 1~ Suspended Transferred
Dec. 2012
July 2011 S Matt Elam Underage drinking MISD (2nd) 1 Unannounced -
Sept. 2011 LB Dee Finley Resisting arrest%
Susp. license MISD (1st)
MISD (1st) 1 Suspended Transferred
Oct. 2011
Sept. 2011 CB Marcus Roberson Underage drinking MISD (2nd) 1 Unannounced -
Feb. 2011
Jan. 2012
May 2012 DT Leon Orr Susp. license
Marijuana poss.
Susp. license MISD (2nd)
MISD (2nd)
MISD (1st) 1
3 -
Feb. 2012 TE A.C. Leonard Domestic battery MISD (1st) 1 Suspended Transferred
July 2012
June 2012
Sept. 2012 OL Trip Thurman Fake ID%
Underage drinking MISD (1st)
MISD (2nd) 1
2 Unannounced
Unannounced -
Nov. 2012 DT Jafar Mann Marijuana poss. MISD (2nd) 1 N/A Transferred
Nov. 2012
Nov. 2012
Jan. 2013

March 2013 OL Jessamen Dunker
Seat belt
Grand theft
Susp. license
Susp. license MISD (2nd)
FEL (3rd)
MISD (2nd)
MISD (1st) 1

3 -
- Transferred
April 2013
Feb. 2013 CB Loucheiz Purifoy Marijuana poss. MISD (2nd) 1` - -
June 2013
July 2013 LB Antonio Morrison Simple battery
Resisting arrest
Harassing K9 MISD (1st)
MISD (1st)
MISD (2nd) 1
2 Undecided
- -

Read more: http://www.onlygators.com/florida-gators-arrested-under-head-coach-will-muschamp-from-jan-2011-present/#ixzz2ZmRkmTns

I'll take 20 3 star south florida kids over any north florida or out of state four star fraud.Golden recruits off of potential and gets what he wants.UFelon should be worrying about yer selves and your next trip to Miami.

Posted by: Caneair | July 22, 2013 at 07:56 AM

what worries me from an overall depth standpoint is all the 2-3 star/ unranked kids (that were elevated from unranked to 2-star and 2-star to barely 3-star because we signed them) that we have signed the last 3 years from out of state. And there have been close to 25-30 of those kids now on the roster. Does that then make them and our depth full of 1-2 star kids because they're not Florida High School kids? I've seen High School Football spreading out over the entire South. There's not any difference with the kids that can play wherever they are. La., Ms, Al. Ga. have some serious talent. Albeit per-capita compared to Florida. Don't get me wrong. I like what Golden has done with keeping some good local talent home, but 23 commits is a lot for July. And realistically half seem to be decent "projects" with good character. I hope we can still add another 8-10 solid 4 star kids but the numbers aren't there to do so. I'd like to see us at around 15-17 commits and those 6-8 "projects" be a backup plan so we can get some higher profile impact players that can develope like the Bama kids do. We are playing too many youngsters too soon that aren't ready lately. And when injuries come, and they will for all teams, we could have some seasoned upperclassmen Jrs./redshirt Sophs. in their 3rd. year that could step in. That is what we lack and have for 7-8 years now.

Long way til Feb. we shall see.

All the Canes have to do is win and re-establish the dominance they had in Florida and all this gayturd talk will go back to the pre-spurrier days!!!

All the Canes have to do is win and re-establish the dominance they had in Florida and all this gayturd talk will go back to the pre-spurrier days!!!

Posted by: Coach Perry | July 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Good call and that's why i'm pissed off at the defensive scheme we're running, creates to many opportunities for opposing offenses and relies to much on hoping a qb is not accurate or is rushed to throw a pass. 4-3 based defenses let you know right away who has the better athletes and that it's going to be a long day with not to many open windows to throw the ball too. spread offenses are zone killers a lot of times and in the 3-3, in fact we don't really run a 3-4, but they have our linebackers and db's running a 3-4 coverage concepts behind a 4 man rush which is why we're getting torched.

The days of running primarily zone coverages have been gone, this is why coach al groh is out of a job at Georgia tech and his 2 protégé's are following in his same footsteps. All they need to do is bring shannon back to run this defense an we'll instantly start playing better with the same exact personnel. All this talk about it takes time is b.s., as soon as al groh got fired, Georgia tech immediately started playing way better defense with basically the same personnel.

So come the gaytor game, if jeff driskel lights us up, it'll have nothing to do with being young on defense.

shannon does not fit so he could not commit.

Our 'Canes have moved on, and so should you.

The train has left the station, and if you are not on board then shouting and 'cussing ain't gonna get you on there. You are friends with the conductor (shannon) who got off at the last stop.

You need to hook up with the driver out front( Coach Golden) instead of waving at the caboose and fretting about them good ole days.
This is a new era 'bro
Go 'Canes

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