Miami Football Spring Game 2013: Stephen Morris Makes 'Canes True ACC Threat

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2013

Stephen Morris dominated on Saturday. Will he dominate the 2013 season?
Stephen Morris dominated on Saturday. Will he dominate the 2013 season?Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Morris had a field day during the Miami Hurricanes' 2013 spring game, and head coach Al Golden surely didn't have many complaints with Morris' performance.

The senior quarterback impressed for the Orange squad this year after missing the 2012 game due to a back injury. He finished with 256 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions on 13-of-23 passing.

Morris connected with junior Rashawn Scott five times for 94 yards and two scores, while linking up with sophomore Herb Waters early in the game. Waters made a big 31-yard catch on the game's first drive and caught Morris' first touchdown pass of the day, too.

But it wasn't just Morris' receivers who were making the big plays; the 6'2" senior out of nearby Monsignor Pace High School was simply throwing his targets open.

Waters' touchdown was from a very impressive back-shoulder bullet from Morris, where rising freshman Nate Dortch even had excellent coverage.

Morris connected with Malcolm Lewis for an inspirational touchdown set up by Al Golden, and the coverage on that play was, shall I say, lackadaisical.

Scott was the recipient of the next two touchdowns on well-placed balls by Morris.

The first of which, Morris was moving left and threw across his body to Scott, who was streaking across the end zone. Morris then picked on Dortch with a pinpoint back-shoulder throw for his final touchdown of the day.

Morris had a very impressive game finding a multitude of receivers, but it was his accuracy that shined the most.

Each of the touchdown passes were practically impossible for the White team's secondary to defend.

Deon Bush, AJ Highsmith, Tracy Howard and Dortch were picked apart by Morris, but they had good coverage on many of the completed passes. Bush is a hard-hitting ball hawk, while Howard and Dortch are both competing for a starting position on the Miami defense, so "they ain't no scrubs."

One of the most impressive parts of Morris' day, though, was that he did this without his top two receivers in Allen Hurns and Phillip Dorsett, who were sidelined with injuries.

This, of course, is a testament to Miami's depth at the receiver position as well. Morris was routinely finding his third-, fourth- and fifth-best receivers, showing his rapport with the entire receiver corps.

The Atlantic Coast Conference has a plethora of decent defenses, but slowing down both Morris' arm and Duke Johnson's legs will be a ridiculously difficult task.

(Disclaimer: Fans of Miami's opponents, before you rush to the comments section, I'm not saying it can't be done.)

Miami's defense has plenty of weaknesses, so Morris will undoubtedly have to win an ACC game or two with his arm, but he is talented enough to do it.

Golden said Morris was "white-hot" at the end of 2012 (per, and he picked up right where he left off on Saturday.

1992 Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta came back and threw a touchdown for the 'Canes, and Morris had something to say to The Miami Herald's Manny Navarro:

#UM QB Stephen Morris on Gino Torretta's TD pass: "As soon as he threw it I said 'Oh man, this dude is trying to show me up.'"

— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) April 13, 2013

I think your job is safe from Torretta, Stephen, but quarterbacks across the nation and ACC defenders may be a little concerned you show them up in 2013.