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Morris will have to step up in Johnson's absence.
Week 11 Matchup: Virginia Tech (6-3) at No. 11 Miami (7-1), Nov. 9, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
If getting embarrassed by Florida State, 41-14, last weekend wasn’t bad enough, the Hurricanes also lost leading rusher Duke Johnson for the remainder of the year, via ESPN’s Andrea Adelson.
That puts even more pressure on quarterback Stephen Morris to salvage the season.
The senior has had a rough-and-tumble year filled with various ups and downs. He’s thrown for over 300 yards and multiple touchdowns in some games while tossing multiple interceptions in others.
Through eight games, Morris has thrown for 1,655 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 59.5 percent passing.
Things will get a lot tougher against a Hokies secondary led by the play of freshmen defensive backs Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson.
Together, the pair has helped the unit rank No. 1 against the pass (150.6 YPG). Virginia Tech has limited opponents to just seven scores through the air and a quarterback rating of 90.7 while forcing 17 interceptions.
Fuller has recorded five picks, 37 tackles and six pass deflections. On the other hand, Facyson has intercepted five passes, recorded 17 tackles and forced one fumble.
It’s going to be tough for Morris on Saturday.