Miami quarterback Stephen Morris was lucky to even be able to play Saturday afternoon, as he was dealing with a serious ankle injury that made him questionable leading up to the in-state matchup against South Florida.
It appears that the Bulls got a copy of the injury report.
After the Hurricanes easy 49-21 win over USF, Morris wasn't happy with the way he was treated by the Bulls defense. He even went as far as to call them a dirty team, according to Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post:
South Florida’s a dirty team, he said. When you’re down and tackled and everyone’s on top, they’re going to try to go for your ankles. We were up three, four touchdowns. Ain’t no point for me to mess with these guys who are going to play dirty.
Morris did reaggravate his ankle injury during the game, as he was seen limping on the sidelines throughout the blowout. However, there was no sign of the injury coming off of a foul play by a South Florida defender. Regardless, Morris planned on using it as motivation, as the Hurricanes were looking to score as many points as possible, per the Porter report.
Is South Florida a dirty team?
“It is what it is. I wanted to score 70 points on them. They disrespected us, so I had no respect for them. At that point, I felt like we should just keep pushing it, keep killing them."
That's not exactly a smart tactic, especially if you're already dealing with an injury. While Morris probably wanted to play the entire game, head coach Al Golden made the smart decision by giving backups Ryan Williams and Gray Crow plenty of reps in the second half.
There's no place in the game for players trying to inflict pain to an opposing player after the play is over. However, while these allegations remain a mystery, it's no secret that nasty stuff happens under the pile of players. Guys get poked in the eye, body parts twist and a few other things that aren't suitable for work take place on any given Saturday.
It also shouldn't come as a shock that certain areas are targeted if a player is already dealing with an injury. It's why a lot of coaching staffs don't want injuries reported to the media. The less an opposing team doesn't know, the less that they can use against you.
Regardless of who is right or wrong, Miami improves to 4-0 heading into next week's big game against Georgia Tech. That has to feel good.