Former Miami Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris was back on Greentree Field Thursday for UM Pro Timing Day, throwing to Allen Hurns and others as all but two NFL teams were represented by scouts, coaches or personnel. He seemed cool and confident, and said he was happy with his performance.
Is this What you dreamed about, what you expected?
"Always, man. Always,'' Morris said. "It’s kind of crazy how fast it’s kind of picked up. You come here as a freshman at Miami and you don’t really think about the NFL. Then in your sophomore and junior years it’s kind of in the back of your head. Then my senior year I was really thinking about it. Now it’s here. Now you have the opportunity to do something that you’ve been dreaming of."
I asked Morris if he was very nervous before today.
"No, not at all,'' he answered, "because all I knew was I was going to throw, and I knew I was going to throw really well and I felt confident in my body. I felt confident in the way I had been preparing for this moment and it showed.
How much does it help being on your field?
"Big time,'' he said. "Being on my field, being with my receivers. The comfort level was huge for me and it felt great.
It's quite obvious who Morris wants to be, and believes will be, the starting quarterback for the Canes next season.
How do you think the team is going to be this year without you and with a new quarterback?
"I think Ryan is going to do exceptionally well,'' he said of senior Ryan Williams. "I think that he’s done a great job leading the team, even when I was there with him. I’m excited to see how the defense is going to respond [with] another year under their belt with the maturity and everything that those goes are going to have them. Coach Swasey has done a great job in the weight room with them, so I know offense and defense and special teams are going to be a big factor. It’s going to be great.’’
Morris has been training with Tom House in Los Angeles. “Pre combine, before the combine, I was at Pete Bommarito’s.
“My body feels healthier, a lot better,’’ Morris said, agreeing that he felt 100-percent while working out Thursday.
And how is his previously injured Achilles’ tendon that hampered him most of the season?
“A lot better,'' Morris said. "That was my biggest concern going into the combine, just getting that healed up. It’s good.’’
Morris wouldn’t disclose what teams he has interviewed with or will interview with or what teams he’ll work out with. “I’ve kept it kind of under wraps.’’
He called Drew Rosenhaus “a great agent. The whole Rosenhaus sports family, everything they’ve done for me, sending me out to LA, and doing all the things. They care for me and they’re there for me at all times. That’s the best.’’
Bernadette Morris, Stephen's mother, watched him with other family members from atop the Hecht Athletic Center. "He did great,'' she said. "I’m very proud of him. It’s an emotional time but it’s also an exciting time.’’
So, where will Morris be during the NFL Draft -- May 8-10?
"I’ll be home at the beach, chilling with my mom and dad, family."
He turned and looked at his mom, who had walked over to the interview throng.
Said Morris: "I’ll probably just be relaxing w them. I’m a family guy."
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN