What You Need to Know About Miami Hurricanes QB Ryan Williams

David MayerCorrespondent IAugust 8, 2012

What You Need to Know About Miami Hurricanes QB Ryan Williams

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    If there has been one position at which the Hurricanes have been lacking over the last decade it's quarterback.  The last four years at Miami has been plagued by interceptions and poor decision making.

    In fact, Miami hasn't had a consistent quarterback since Ken Dorsey. This season the position will be a fight between two quarterbacks, Stephen Morris and Ryan Williams. 

    Many of you already know about Morris, but how much do you really know about Williams? Read on to find out a little more about the sophomore quarterback.

This Isn't His First Rodeo

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    For those who don't know, Miami's Ryan Williams started his career at the University of Memphis in 2010.

    He wasn't a highly touted quarterback, as scout.com listed him as just a two-star recruit.  That didn't stop Williams from becoming the starting quarterback for the Tigers in his freshman season.

    He would end the season starting 10 games while throwing for 2,075 yards and 13 touchdowns.  Going into the 2011 spring season he was listed as the returning starter but head coach Larry Porter decided to change the offense from a pro-style set to a spread.

    Williams decided it was in his best interest to transfer to a school with an offense (and to be closer to family) that he is more comfortable with.  He chose to return home and take an offer from the Miami Hurricanes.

Big Quarterback with Limited Mobility

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    The Hurricanes have five quarterbacks on their roster, none of them as big as the 6'6", 225-pound Ryan Williams.

    Williams is a huge quarterback, allowing him better field vision than the smaller 6'2" Stephen Morris.

    Just the case with almost every big quarterback is the lack of mobility. That is not to say Williams can't move in the pocket because he actually does have some pretty decent feet. He just isn't going to have too many 20-yard carries.

    Williams reminds me of Peyton Manning and Dan Marino: tall, slow quarterbacks whose only damage will be done through the air.

Familiar with the Offense

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    Although Williams is seeing his first action as a Hurricane it doesn't mean he is unfamiliar with Miami's pro-style offense.

    He has been at school for a year now and has gotten familiar with the offense well before he stepped on the field earlier this spring.  Not to mention the fact that he's run a pro-style offense all through high school and as a starter at Memphis in 2010.

    Even though he had to sit out for a year there is no doubt in my mind that he is just as experienced as any other quarterback on the Hurricane roster.

Terrific Arm

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    If you watch film on Williams you won't be overly impressed with his arm strength, especially if you compare it to Stephen Morris.

    The difference between the two is that Williams just seems to have a better overall understanding of the pro-style offense Miami runs.

    He was able to hit receivers either short or long and has a nice smooth release.

    His No. 11 jersey reminds me of a previous Hurricane that wore the same number, Ken Dorsey.

    I am not going to say he is the next Dorsey, but he definitely has a very solid, accurate arm.  If he is even able to do half of what Dorsey did, everyone will be happy.

Had an Excellent Spring

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    Stephen Morris sat out the entire spring session while recovering from back surgery, allowing Williams to showcase what he had.

    He didn't disappoint as he completed 14-of-21 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns in the Hurricanes' first scrimmage.

    It wasn't the only time Williams impressed the coaches and fans as he showed good, timely throws and very accurate passes. 

    That's not to say he didn't throw any interceptions, because he did. But there was definitely more good than bad that came out of the spring session for Williams.