UM QB Morris on the Mend

Stephen Morris is recovering ahead of schedule from back surgery, expects to return in time for fall practice

The Miami Hurricanes have been without top quarterback Stephen Morris this spring, but head coach Al Golden said Tuesday he expects Morris to make a full recovery before fall camp starts in August.

"Everything went as good as it could go and he's back," Golden told the Miami Herald. He went so far as to say that Morris could start if the Canes had to play a live game this week, but Morris will still sit out UM's annual spring game on Saturday.

Morris said he missed competing this spring, but his "back feels great."

"I'm doing a lot of things that I used to do before the surgery," he said, adding that his doctors have told him "to hold back."

"I’m taking five- and seven-step drops and throwing the ball. My arm feels great. I'm just now getting into the groove of things."

Wide receiver Rashawn Scott said he has been catching Morris' passes lately, and the post-surgery results are impressive.

"I feel like he's ready to go," Scott told the Herald. "He's throwing at least as long as 60 yards. He's back. We just got done running routes. He still has his cannon."

Quarterbacks Ryan Williams, Gray Crow and Preston Dewey have been splitting time during spring practice. Williams is expected to compete with Morris for the starting job during fall practice, but Morris is considered the favorite thanks to his five career starts during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Morris told the Herald he expects "very good battle" with Williams in fall practice. He added Williams has "learned a lot" this spring, and "It should be a really good one."

UM will hold its spring game on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium. Kickoff is at 2 pm.

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