Miami Football: Stephen Morris Set to Have Breakout 2013 Season
While a lot of fans thought Stephen Morris broke out last season after throwing for 3,345 yards, 21 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in his first full season as a starter—I honestly believe the best is yet to come.
You don't have to dig deep to understand what Morris was working with before the season started—three returning offensive starters (besides himself) and one receiver with more than 16 career receptions.
How many other teams in the country had a backup quarterback that threw for over 3,000 yards without their starting running back or wide receiver's from the previous season?
The soon-to-be senior from Miami is bound to have record-setting numbers next season, especially after the return of 10 starters from last year's team.
Not only will the returning linemen be better, but they will be more experience and should be able to give Morris much more time to throw the ball.
Morris should also have the services of wide receiver Malcolm Lewis, who missed most of last season due to a dislocated ankle. The freshman receiver was on pace to have a terrific season before the injury, catching eight passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in limited playing time.
Will Morris improve on a 3,345 yard, 21 touchdown season?
In the place of Lewis was another freshman, Herb Waters, who caught 10 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Waters played in all 12 games, starting in two, and will be yet another experienced receiver for Morris.
Phillip Dorsett and Rashawn Scott will give Morris the deep threats that he needs while Allen Hurns will be an excellent possession receiver. Those three players combined for 121 receptions, 1,668 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
Out of all the receivers though, the biggest impact could come from tight end Clive Walford. Walford finished last season with 25 receptions (sixth on team) for 451 yards (third) and four touchdowns (tied for first).
Walford was the biggest threat for the Hurricanes in the last two games in which he caught seven passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. If Morris can continue to get Walford the ball, this Hurricanes offense could be unstoppable.
Add running back Duke Johnson and you have possibly the best offense in the ACC next season.
If Morris can stay away from turnovers and trust his receivers, tight ends and running back like he did last season, there is no doubt in my mind that he has the possibility of throwing for over 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns.
He may have to if the nation's No. 116-ranked defense doesn't improve over the offseason.
Note: Special thanks to twitter follower, @MegF309, for the idea on this piece. Throughout the offseason I will have the fan's determine what they want to read. Feel free to tweet me at @HurricanesBR with your ideas and you may be featured in future Hurricane articles!
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