Miami Hurricanes: Can Stephen Morris Start a Youth Movement in Coral Gables?

Stephen UrbaniakCorrespondent IAugust 8, 2011

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 20:  Stephen Morris #17 of the Miami Hurricanes is sacked by Eddie Whitley #15 of the Virginia Tech Hokies at Sun Life Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Miami Hurricanes have been known for producing top-caliber NFL quarterbacks, as they have earned the reputation of "Quarterback U."

High-profile quarterbacks, such as Bernie Kosar, Vinny Testaverde, Steve Walsh, Jim Kelly and Craig Erickson, have all gone from Coral Gables, Fla., to have highly successful careers in the NFL. 

The current Hurricanes' quarterback stable of Jacory Harris, Stephen Morris, A.J. Highsmith and Ryan Williams all were little kids when the former Hurricanes were in their heyday. 

Stephen Morris was signed as a part of the solid 2009 recruiting class, and immediately flashed his talents as the primary backup to starter Jacory Harris. 

He almost led the Hurricanes back to a thrilling win over the University of Virginia after replacing the injured Harris, and he led the 'Canes to a win over another conference opponent, Maryland, in his first college start.

A lot of critics have said that the Hurricanes' biggest issue is the lack of sound decision-making by Harris, as he has had the knack of committing turnovers at critical times in games. Starting Morris last season in his place gave us a glimpse of what the kid could do. 

Led by new head coach Al Golden, Morris should be able to beat out Jacory Harris and be the Hurricanes' starting quarterback on Opening Day.

Morris and other young players should be the keys to Miami finally being able to break Virginia Tech's grip on the ACC Coastal Division.