Morris back but won't play Saturday

Stephen Morris had back surgery after last season and was forced to sit out most of spring. He's back in action and read on to see what his role is now.

Stephen Morris has started a few games over his first couple seasons at the University of Miami and going into 2011 most people believed he'd have the edge over Ryan Williams for the starting quarterback job going into the spring.

Then he had back surgery, which prevented him from participating in the start of spring football. He's back in action, on a limited basis, now.

"If we were playing the game, he could play," Al Golden said of Morris. "He threw last Thursday and again (yesterday). He's doing routes, controlled 7on7s, and he's clearly ahead of schedule which is nice."

His absence helped give the younger quarterbacks a tremendous opportunity this spring and Golden sees a lot of benefit in that.

"The young guys behind him got much needed reps. We'll be better there with him coming back so soon," he said.

Morris will not play in Saturday's scrimmage.

"He'll be on the sidelines but won't throw. It's not worth it," he said.

Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch is happy to have Morris back in action as well and he talked about it.

"It's good to have Stephen back," Fisch said. "He's been able to participate in all individual drills for the first 20 minutes of practice and some 7on7. As long as there's no pass rush or taking snaps, he's been able to do all that."

Fisch says he already noticed a difference in the offense when Morris returned.

"His arm is very fresh. It's a little different than guys who have thrown about 1,500 passes each. The receivers aren't as happy (laughs). Just from the brief snaps he's had, he's learned a lot. He's done a great job of commanding the line of scrimmage when he's out there."

The offense will benefit by having a healthy Morris competing with Ryan Williams for the starting job. Even players on the defensive side of the ball understand that.

"It's good. because it gives all of us a sense of relief knowing that he can come back and play football at a high level," said senior safety Vaughn Telemaque. "It's also helping the other quarterbacks. It's gonna be a challenge. Stephen will be ready. Will Ryan be ready? Dewey? Crow? All those guys can feed off each other."

Williams will start on Saturday, with Preston Dewey and Gray Crow getting reps behind him. Morris is expected to return at full strength and be ready to go for the start of fall camp.


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