As Miami (4-3, 3-1) prepares for a tough match-up against No. 14 Florida State (6-1, 3-1), head coach Al Golden held his weekly press conference today.
Here is a summary of what he touched on:
– QB Stephen Morris did not practice for the second straight day after suffering an ankle injury against North Carolina. Golden said that the earliest that Morris would be able get on the practice field would be Thursday, and even then, he would be limited. As of now, Morris will be a game time decision.
– Backup QB Ryan Williams has impressed Golden. According to the head coach, Williams has a great pocket presence and puts a nice touch on the ball. On Williams being the starting guy against FSU: “If Stephen is healthy, we will give it a shot. I am not going to put Stephen out there if he is not healthy enough execute. It wouldn’t be fair to the team and it wouldn’t be fair to Ryan.” Golden went on to say that Williams has great vision in the pocket and possesses a good mind.
– Freshman QB Preston Dewey will serve as Williams’ backup against FSU if Morris is unable to start. Freshman QB Gray Crow has been playing the role of FSU QB E.J. Manuel on the scout team.
– According to Golden, the freshmen that have impressed him the most this year are RB Duke Johnson, T Ereck Flowers, LB Eddie Johnson and S Deon Bush. Golden also mentioned CB Tracy Howard, CB Antonio Crawford, DT Corey King and DT Dequan Ivery.
– Golden confirmed today that freshman RB Duke Johnson has been battling turf toe but that it has gradually gotten better. Golden is pleased with how Johnson has bounced back from his injury and would like to see Johnson get involved more. Against North Carolina, Johnson carried the ball 14 times for 47 yards.
– As we all know, the Miami-FSU rivalry has frequently come down to a last second field goal. Let’s hope that this is not the case for Miami. K Jake Wieclaw has missed five of his last six field goal attempts and has gone 8 of 13 on the season.