Spring Review -- Quarterbacks

Spring football is over and the Hurricanes are now going into Phase Three, which is summer conditioning. Lets review the quarterback play from the spring and what lies ahead.

The Players:
Ryan Williams began the spring as the starter after Stephen Morris was announced as being out for all of spring while recovering from back surgery. Williams, a former state champion quarterback at Miramar High, played his freshman season at Memphis and had a solid year there. He transferred to Miami before last season and had a solid spring this year. He has ideal size and is a high percentage passer. He held onto the starting role the whole time and did a nice job of running the offense and getting the ball into the hands of his playmakers. His performance certainly will give him a chance to compete with Morris heading into fall camp for the starting job.

A pair of true freshmen -- Gray Crow and Preston Dewey -- were the backups. Crow has the best arm of the three and had a solid spring performance. He started the spring ahead of Dewey on the depth chart because of his winter conditioning performance and held onto the number two job the whole time. Dewey, who broke his arm last season and also had a hip injury that held him out of the Under Armour All-American Game in January, spent all of spring as the number three.

Morris was held out most of spring but started throwing some in the last few days. He was held out of the spring game, though. He spent most of spring on the sideline, almost serving like a coach.

Best Guess Depth Chart:
There's no reason to believe anything changed with the way the depth chart began the spring and ended it -- Williams then Crow then Dewey.

What's Ahead:
The biggest question going into fall camp will be which quarterback starts at the top of the depth chart. Morris probably had the edge over Williams to finish the 2011 season because of his game experience in this offense. However, Williams probably narrowed that gap because he went through spring leading the offense. The player who has a more impressive summer will likely begin fall camp as the number one and it's a quarterback competition that will likely go down to the wire. Don't be surprised if both quarterbacks end up playing key roles in Miami's offense in 2012. It's likely that one of the two freshmen will redshirt. Dewey seems more likely at this point but, again, how they perform during the summer and fall camp will likely determine that for sure.


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