2012 Season Review: QB's

The 2012 season is over for the Miami Hurricanes so it's time to take a look back at what happened. Today, we break down the play of the quarterbacks.

The Players:

Stephen Morris – The talented junior turned in a very solid season for the Hurricanes. He completed 58-percent of his passes but that number probably should have been at least 60 with all the drops his receivers had throughout the season. He threw for 3,345 yards, 21 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions. Morris is Miami's best deep ball quarterback in a long time. He's athletic enough to get a lot of positive yards with his feet. After throwing just four touchdowns compared to three interceptions over the first four games of the season, Morris was a different quarterback at the end. He threw 11 touchdowns without any picks over the final four games of the season. He missed the end of the North Carolina game with an ankle injury and then drew the surprise start against Florida State a week later. One has to wonder if those games would've gone any differently had the Canes been playing with a healthy Morris. After an up and down career going into 2012, Morris cemented himself as one of the premier quarterbacks in the ACC with his play this season.

Ryan Williams – Williams played in three games this season. He came off the bench at the end of the Kansas State game because it was a blowout loss for Miami. He completed both passes, including a seven yard touchdown pass. His only meaningful playing time came in the fourth quarter against North Carolina with the game on the line, after Morris left with an injury. He completed 9-of-13 passes but they went for just 80 yards and he wasn't able to generate enough offense to beat the Tar Heels in the final minutes of the game. He then threw a few late passes in Miami's blowout win over South Florida at the end of the season.

Preston Dewey – The true freshman redshirted this season, even though he appeared to be Miami's third team quarterback all season.

Gray Crow – Redshirted.

David Thompson – Redshirted, and was out with an injury.

2012 Recap: The Hurricanes went into spring football back in March with Williams, Dewey, and Crow. Morris missed spring football due to back surgery, and even though coaches kept the quarterback competition going at that point, it was clear that if the Canes were going to generate any offense this season, it better be Morris under center. And it was. There was never a question – Morris was clearly the team's best quarterback in 2012. He had one of the most productive seasons of any UM quarterback since Ken Dorsey left. Neither Dewey nor Crow seemed to separate himself from the other as redshirts playing on the scout team.

Looking ahead to 2013: Morris finished the season on a high note. He was arguably the hottest quarterback in the league during the month of November. Maybe it's because his receivers started hanging onto the football. Maybe it was because Clive Walford emerged as a major weapon down the middle of the field at tight end. Maybe it's because he was more confident. For whatever reason, Morris was a different player down the stretch. With all of his pass protection back, with all of his receivers and tight ends back, and by entering an offseason that he'll actually fully participate in, you have to believe he'll play his 2013 season much like he did the end of 2012. Expectations will be high for Morris and this offense, and he's talented enough to live up to them. Williams will likely be the number two again, capable of coming in and at least giving this offense a chance.

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