UPDATE: Morris threw today

Injured quarterback Stephen Morris threw the ball today at practice. Read on to see an update on his status and more as the team continues preparing for Florida State.

* QB Stephen Morris threw today from a stationary position, which didn't include any drop backs. He's making progress but his ankle "is still pretty swollen" according to Al Golden. Backup Ryan Williams took all the reps today, and freshman Preston Dewey continues getting worked in as well. It still appears as though Morris' status for Saturday night's game would fall somewhere between questionable and doubtful.

* When asked about how UM continues to recruit well compared to Florida State considering the state of both programs, Golden had a good answer. "Kids look at it one of two ways. You have the kids who want to go there and be a part of things when they're on top. And you have other kids who see a great opportunity here and a bright future ahead and want to come here."

* Both Jimmy Gaines and Gionni Paul continue competing for the starting middle linebacker spot. Denzel Perryman has been moved to the weakside and Eddie Johnson holds down the strongside job. Paul has starting experience in there this season, while Gaines is finally getting real close to 100-percent from his early season injury. A decision on who the starter will be on Saturday night hasn't been made yet and will be based on which player had the better week in practice.

* Kansas State and Notre Dame both have good defenses this season. However, Golden believes Florida State will have the best Miami's seen so far. "They're very athletic and active up front. The defensive ends alone have 14 sacks. And they're good enough to stay in man coverage the entire game."

* Kacy Rodgers is back to being listed as the starter over A.J. Highsmith at the second safety spot. It's because he performed better against North Carolina. Coaches believe Deon Bush has been the most productive safety this season, while Highsmith has been the most vocal. Right now, however, Rodgers will enter the FSU game as the No. 2 safety behind Bush. Both players are expected to play a lot, as will senior Vaughn Telemaque.


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