Morris is the Key

The Hurricanes are set to begin fall camp on Saturday. Lets take a closer look at the state of the team. This report focuses on the quarterbacks.

Stephen Morris (Sr) will probably be the most important player on Miami's roster this coming season. He's fresh off a tremendous junior season in which he threw for 3,345 yards, 21 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions. His numbers in November were among the best in college football. If he's able to make even more improvements heading into his senior season under new offensive coordinator James Coley, Morris could be ready to make a run at being one of the top quarterbacks in all of college football. He has the experience, the arm strength, the athletic ability, and a top notch offensive line in front of him to be very successful in 2013.

If anything were to happen with Morris, the Canes would likely turn to Ryan Williams (Jr). The former Memphis transfer played sparingly in 2012, including the final few minutes in the loss to North Carolina. He doesn't have anywhere near the skill set or experience as Morris, so he'd have to grow up in a hurry if he saw any meaningful snaps.

Gray Crow (R-Fr) seemed to pull ahead of Preston Dewey (R-Fr) for the third spot back in the spring. Both players were fairly lightly recruited coming out of high school and neither has made huge strides in their development here yet. They'll likely have to hold off the challenge from true freshman Kevin Olsen for the third spot.

Olsen is the first elite quarterback prospect the Hurricanes have signed in several years. He's the player Al Golden and Jedd Fisch wanted from the day they got here. They got him, he's on campus now, and all signs point to him being the future at the quarterback position for the Hurricanes.

Look for the coaches to give the four backups lots of opportunities during preseason camp. They know what Morris brings to the table, and they'll likely do everything they can to keep him fresh and healthy heading into week one preparations. It'll be interesting to see if Williams can hold off Crow (or Dewey) for the number two spot, and how quickly Olsen can rise up the depth chart.

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