Miami Hurricanes’ QB Stephen Morris is beginning to draw major attention going into his senior season. One NFL analyst believes that Morris might be the most talented quarterback in college football.
After watching these guys throw and knowing what else is out there in CFB, I understand why teams didn't reach for QBs in '13.
— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) July 14, 2013
NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks told Chris Wesseling that “NFL scouts and general managers resisted the urge to reach for quarterbacks because the classes of 2014 and 2015 are ‘loaded.'”
Following the Peyton Manning Academy, an event showcasing college football’s top quarterbacks, Hurricanes’ QB Stephen Morris showcased his skills for all to see. The upcoming senior walked away the skills competition winner and impressed analysts.
Morris isn’t a household name like McCarron, but Brooks believes Morris might be the most talented quarterback in college football. Morris won the skills competition at the Manning Passing Academy, besting roughly 40 of the top quarterbacks in the nation. Morris is “deadly accurate” and can “spin the ball with exceptional velocity and zip,” Brooks writes.
It will be interesting to see how Morris fares at Miami this season after losing offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to the Jacksonville Jaguars. If he plays up to Brooks’ expectations, Morris could be reunited with Fisch as an early first-round draft pick next year.”
Interesting to say the least.
Morris had a strong junior season, throwing 139 consecutive passes without an interception. He threw for a career-best 3,345 yards and 21 passes, completing 58.2% of his passes. It should be noted that 3,345 yards is the fifth most in UM single-season history.
Also in his junior year, Morris became the second QB in UM history to amass three 400-yard passing games in his career and the first UM QB to throw for multiple 400-yard games in a season.
While Morris certainly isn’t drawing as much attention as Alabama QB AJ McCarron, he should not be overlooked. Morris has the potential to match his junior season stats — and with a loaded Miami receiving corps — should he stay healthy, expect big things out of Morris in his final season at UM.
*Stats courtesy of Hurricane Sports*