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2015 NFL DRAFT

Stephen Morris, QB

School: Miami (Fla.)  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 213 lbs.
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05/06/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: Stephen Morris, Miami (Fla.), 6-2, 213, 4.63...Morris has the arm strength and athleticism to deserve consideration as an NFL quarterback, but his physical performance was impacted significantly by an Achilles injury last year. Also in question are his decision making skills, especially under pressure, after poor performances and a 1-6 career record against ranked opponents. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/25/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl, Missed Opportunity: Stephen Morris, QB, Miami - Morris earned the nickname "Tin Cup" from some scouts at the Senior Bowl due to his ability to make the amazing throw but struggles with the routine passes commonplace in every NFL offense. Morris boasts a strong arm and throws the deep ball with touch but like the other two quarterbacks on the North squad (Boyd and Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas), he struggled with accuracy throughout the week. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: Another mixed bag from the North QBs on Tuesday...After an inconsistent practice on Monday, NFL scouts and coaches were eager to see the North quarterbacks on Tuesday, especially with a strong wind swirling around Ladd-Peebles Stadium. But unfortunately it was another inconsistent practice for Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas, Clemson QB Tajh Boyd and Miami (Fla.) QB Stephen Morris. Morris showed improvements from Monday's practice with better all-around accuracy. He appeared to be taking a little bit off his fastball, which allowed him to better control the placement of the throw. Morris' delivery and arm strength appear effortless and easy, but he still struggled with errant passes and inconsistent throws. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/20/2014 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, QUARTERBACK: Arrow pointing down: Stephen Morris, Miami...Morris has effortless arm strength to deliver the ball anywhere on the field, but his decision making and accuracy are both questionable, causing him to struggle much of 2013. He has enough size and athleticism, but his consistency as a passer leaves a lot to be desired. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/01/2014 - Risers-Fallers from early bowl games...The news wasn't as positive for Miami quarterback Stephen Morris, whose inability to move the Hurricanes offense has his stock falling. Other disappointing performances were turned in by Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr and North Carolina senior offensive tackle James Hurst, who, unfortunately, suffered a broken leg in UNC's Belk Bowl victory. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): QB-Stephen Morris, Sr., Miami (11)...Miami's four third-team selections were led by Morris, who has thrown for 2,868 yards and 21 TDs through 12 games. For the second straight season, Morris has posted four 300-yard passing games. The Miami native ranks third all-time in Miami history with 7,736 passing yards and 49 passing TDs. Morris is the only QB this season to throw a 50+ yard pass in nine different games. - Miami football

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): QB Stephen Morris, Miami, 6-2, 214, Sr., Miami, Fla. (24)...Miami's lone third-team selection was Morris, who has thrown for 2,868 yards and 21 TDs through 12 games. For the second straight season, Morris has posted four 300-yard passing games. The Miami native ranks third all-time in Miami history with 7,736 passing yards and 49 passing TDs. Morris is the only QB this season to throw a 50+ yard pass in nine different games. - Miami football

10/22/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 8 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: QB Stephen Morris, Miami...Every draft class seems to have an enigma prospect at the quarterback position and Morris definitely fits that description as a very perplexing and polarizing player. He has a golden arm to effortlessly spin the ball anywhere on the field with the athleticism and toughness to match. But his performance against North Carolina last Thursday was another reminder why most are struggling to consider him as one of the best senior quarterbacks for the 2014 NFL Draft. Against the Tar Heels, Morris struggled with pressure and too easily abandoned his footwork and mechanics, causing sporadic throws and inconsistent accuracy.

He has the athleticism to escape defenders, but was too often late to react to the blitz against North Carolina and made too many flat-footed passes. Morris did show composure late in the game and didn't get overwhelmed by his four interceptions, but so far in 2013, the poor decisions have outshadowed his positive ones, making him a very difficult NFL evaluation. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/17/2013 - Scouting the passing game: QB Stephen Morris is coming off his biggest game of the year and has improved his accuracy to a career-high 61.7 percent. He has several big-play candidates to throw to in senior Allen Hurns, junior Phillip Dorsett, and emerging freshman Stacy Coley. Senior RT Seantrel Henderson, suspended for the Georgia Tech game, will return against North Carolina. - The Sports Xchange

10/17/2013 - Morris approaching career milestone...Senior Stephen Morris moved into the Top 10 among Miami quarterbacks for career passing yardage earlier this year. Now he is poised to take a significant jump up the ladder when the Hurricanes play at North Carolina in a nationally televised affair Thursday night (Oct. 17). With 243 more yards, he will move past Vinny Testaverde and assume the No. 4 spot with a career total of 6,059 yards.He is averaging only 190 yards passing a game, but that doesn't take into consideration the time he missed after injuring his ankle and the time spent on the sideline watching his teammates complete routs of Savannah State and South Florida.

He has pretty much missed more than the equivalent of an entire game after sitting out more than half of those two games. He passed for 324 yards in Miami's last outing, a 45-30 win over Georgia Tech. He urrently is No. 8 in the record book, though he wasn't aware of it. If he gets to 6,059 yards, he would have an outside chance of catching No. 3 Gino Torretta, the Heisman winner who finished his career with 7,690 yards -- assuming his sore ankle doesn't flare up again.

"Once someone told me I cracked the Top 10, I found that to be a big accomplishment," Morris said. "I just kind of let that stay on the side. But if I ever do that, that's a big accomplishment." No. 1 on the list is Ken Dorsey with 9,565 yards and No. 2 is Morris' former teammate, Jacory Harris, who finished his career in 2011 with 8,826 passing yards. "My main man Jacory," Morris said, smiling. - The Sports Xchange

10/06/2013 - Down by 10 points, the largest deficit faced by Miami in nearly a full year, there was no panic coming from anyone on the Hurricanes' sideline. And once they erased that deficit, everything started going their way. Stephen Morris threw three touchdown passes, Duke Johnson finished with 325 all-purpose yards and the 14th-ranked Hurricanes shook off a problematic opening quarter to beat Georgia Tech 45-30 on Saturday, extending their best start in nine years. "You really don't have any leadership until you have a bead of sweat and the crap hits the fan," Miami coach Al Golden said, borrowing a phrase from something his team was told over the summer. "And that's what happened. I think we learned a lot about our team. We had great leadership through that, we had great poise, but it did look bleak."

Not for long, it didn't. The Hurricanes (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) outscored Georgia Tech 38-6 over a 37-minute stretch, more than enough to erase an early 17-7 deficit - even while turning the ball over four times for the second straight week. Morris shook off the lingering effects of a bone bruise in his right ankle to complete 17 of 22 passes for 324 yards, Dallas Crawford ran for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal the win, and the Hurricanes averaged 10.4 yards per snap against a defense that was giving up 4.7 per play coming into Saturday. "I'm proud to say that we're on the right track," Morris said. "But we've still got a lot of things to do." - AP Sports

09/28/2013 - Stephen Morris threw for two touchdowns before limping off with an ankle injury and Duke Johnson scored a TD in his eighth consecutive game, helping No. 15 Miami roll past winless South Florida 49-21 on Saturday. Miami (4-0) is off to its best start in nine years heading into next weekend's Atlantic Coast Conference opener at home against Georgia Tech. At 0-4 under first-year coach Willie Taggart, USF is off to the worst start in school history and has dropped 13 of 14 dating to last season.

Morris threw for 222 yards, moving ahead of Steve Walsh and into ninth place on Miami's career passing list. He tossed TD passes of 19 yards to Herb Waters and 34 yards to Stacy Coley as the Hurricanes scored on their first three possessions. - AP Sports

09/22/2013 - Miami expects Stephen Morris to play when the 15th-ranked Hurricanes visit winless South Florida on Saturday. Morris was knocked out of Miami's 77-7 win over Savannah State in the first quarter with a lower right leg injury. It was originally thought to be a sprained ankle, though coach Al Golden said Sunday that it subsequently was diagnosed as a bone bruise.

Morris was in Miami's training room on Sunday for treatment. Golden says he "absolutely" thinks Morris will play this weekend. Golden expects that Morris may be limited when Miami (3-0) practices Monday, though is hoping to have him fully ready by Tuesday's workout. Morris' backups, Ryan Williams and Gray Crow, completed 17 of 19 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns in the Savannah State win. - AP Sports

09/21/2013 - Miami quarterback Stephen Morris left the 16th-ranked Hurricanes game against Savannah State on Saturday night with an undisclosed injury to his right leg. Morris was hurt with 8:51 left in the opening quarter and Miami already leading 14-0. He was down on the turf briefly before walking to the sideline unassisted, though with a pronounced limp. He took a seat on the trainer's table and continued getting checked out by Miami medical personnel, who were looking at his lower right leg. After a few minutes, Morris walked off the field and into the stadium's locker room level, presumably for further examination. Ryan Williams replaced Morris, and Miami scored a touchdown on his first series of the night. - AP Sports

09/09/2013 - Miami QB Stephen Morris flashes in upset over Florida...The Miami Hurricanes' best player may be sophomore running back Duke Johnson, but senior Stephen Morris could prove the bigger story for NFL scouts this season. The rocket-armed passer is the most gifted quarterback from The U since Vinny Testaverde was selected No. 1 overall 26 years ago. Questionable decision-making, however, makes Morris a potentially boom or bust pick.

Morris' stat line was far from eye-popping, but by completing 12 of 25 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns, Morris guided Miami to the victory over the favored Gators, who entered the contest ranked No. 12 by the Associated Press. For as impressive as he was in staking the Canes to an early lead, Morris almost undid his strong start with a terribly overthrown pass in the fourth quarter that was intercepted and threatened to derail the upset.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Morris entered Saturday's regional showdown against Florida as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 39-rated prospect for the 2014 draft and the third quarterback behind Clemson senior Tajh Boyd and Louisville junior Teddy Bridgewater.

Unlike the spread attacks that contribute to Boyd and Bridgewater's more impressive statistics, Morris' success comes via a traditional pro style offense, taking most snaps from under center and often being asked to make challenging downfield throws. He is a classic drop-back passer with enough athleticism for the roll out -- but his best attribute is a powerful right arm. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/09/2013 - Miami QB Stephen Morris flashes in upset over Florida...Morris gave Miami the early lead with a perfectly thrown corner route to wideout Herb Waters on the first drive. Morris lofted the ball with excellent trajectory and accuracy, leading Waters away from three-year Florida starting cornerback Cody Riggs but also providing his receiver with enough space to get not one, but both feet in bounds.

He was criticized by former quarterback and ESPN color commentator Brian Griese for a third-down pass that fell incomplete on Miami's next drive, but a second look seemed to show that Morris made the correct read, throwing a back-shoulder fade against tight man coverage. His receiver, junior Phillip Dorsett, however, ran a vertical and therefore the pass bounced out of bounds, at least 5 yards behind his intended target.

Morris and Dorsett certainly were on the same page on the next drive, connecting on a 52-yard touchdown to extend Miami's lead. Taking the snap from under center, Morris faked a handoff to Johnson, dropped back and lofted a beautiful pass to Dorsett, who caught safety Marcus Maye flat-footed with a well-run post route. Any NFL team considering Morris in the 2014 draft will review this game because Florida has as much defensive talent as any unit the 'Canes will face. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/09/2013 - Miami QB Stephen Morris flashes in upset over Florida...The Gators' defense dictated Miami's play-calling much of the game, especially in a slug-fest of a second half. Morris was only sacked twice but he was hurried on virtually every throw, frequently absorbing solid shots from defensive tackle Dominique Easley, linebacker Ronald Powell and others as he released the ball. He was asked to complete passes against arguably the toughest secondary in college football where cornerbacks Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson are potential early-round prospects, themselves.

While Morris helped his cause in Saturday's win, there are concerns. Like the Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler, Morris is quite confident in his arm and will attempt to squeeze passes through closing windows. The Gators were mostly unable to capitalize on most of Morris' questionable decisions, dropping a few potential interceptions before true freshman cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III snared one in the fourth quarter. Morris' target (Dorsett) was open for a potential first down on the third and 25 but Morris simply overthrew him, putting too much loft on the ball as he stepped up to avoid the rush. Morris and his teammates were bailed out by an interception of Florida's Jeff Driskell, the Gators' fifth turnover. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/07/2013 - Scouting the Miami passing game: QB Stephen Morris was the victim of some critical drops in going a so-so 15-of-27 passing for 160 yard in the opener, but also confessed to make some bad reads. Florida held Toledo to just 155 yards passing, so it's no secret the Hurricanes are going to have to step up their game. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - Stephen Morris threw two first-quarter touchdown passes, and Miami took advantage of Florida giving the ball away on four red-zone opportunities on the way to knocking off the 12th-ranked Gators 21-16 on Saturday. Duke Johnson added a 2-yard touchdown run with 3:29 left to make it 21-9 Miami (2-0), which has won four straight games for the first time since 2008 and will almost certainly return to the AP Top 25 on Sunday for the first time since 2010.

Jeff Driskel threw for a career-best 291 yards and had a 21-yard touchdown pass to Solomon Patton with 2:08 left for the Gators (1-1), who lost three fumbles, had two passes intercepted and were stopped once on downs. Driskel also ran for a touchdown. But Driskel also turned the ball over twice in the fourth quarter. - AP Sports

08/30/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior QB Stephen Morris is an accomplished veteran with a strong arm who passed for 3,345 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2012. He could improve on his completion percentage (a career mark of 57.7), but has the capability of putting together big games, having produced three of more than 400 yards last year. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Stephen Morris moves into his second year as the full-time starter after throwing for 3,345 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior in 2012. He had huge games against North Carolina State, throwing for an ACC-record 566 yards, and Georgia Tech (436 yards passing) and is the unquestioned leader of an offense that looks to be among the best in the ACC this fall - The Sports Xchange

08/14/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCHLIST: Stephen Morris, Miami,...Morris, who won the skills competition at the Manning Passing Academy last month, started all 12 games under center a season ago, throwing for a career-best 3,345 yards and 21 touchdowns. His 3,345 passing yards in 2012 were the fifth-most in program history, while his 3,415 yards of total offense set a new single-season mark at Miami. He also became the first QB in Miami Hurricanes history to post multiple 400-yard passing games in a single season. - Miami football

08/14/2013 - 2013 MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Stephen Morris Sr. MIAMI FLORIDA 59.6,...Morris is one of three ACC signal-callers on the list, joining Tajh Boyd (Clemson) and Bryn Renner (UNC) and Logan Thomas. This year's watch list includes players from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The Mountain West Conference leads the way with six honorees, while the Southeastern Conference has five quarterbacks on the list and the Pac-12 adds four. - Miami football

08/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: QB Stephen Morris ended up completing just over 58 percent of his passes. He could be inconsistent at times, but he also had some big games as one of two Miami quarterbacks ever to have three 400-yard games passing. He should benefit greatly from the year's experience. - The Sports Xchange

08/10/2013 - TOP MIAMI (FLA.) PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. QB Stephen Morris (6-2, 215, 4.59)...After splitting snaps with Jacory Harris his first two seasons in Coral Gables, Morris was the clear-cut No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart in 2012 and started all 12 games. He set career-bests with 3,345 passing yards and 21 touchdowns, but he needs to improve his 58.2% completions from a year ago. Morris has average-at-best height and build but is a quick athlete with elusive moves and excellent feel in the pocket to maneuver around the noise to keep plays alive.

He has room to refine his footwork, but he sets up quickly and stays balanced through his delivery, showing precise downfield vision and touch. Morris has improved substantially with his pre-snap recognition skills to find mismatches and understand where he wants to go with the football before the pocket collapses. He has all the arm strength needed for the next level but has almost too much belief in his arm at times, which will get him in trouble. Morris is an intriguing pro prospect who could potentially jump up draft boards with a strong senior season. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/19/2013 - 2013 DAVEY O'BRIEN WATCH LIST: Stephen Morris, Miami...Morris, who won the skills competition at the Manning Passing Academy last week, started all 12 games under center a season ago, throwing for a career-best 3,345 yards and 21 touchdowns. His 3,345 passing yards in 2012 were the fifth-most in program history, while his 3,415 yards of total offense set a new single-season mark at Miami. He also became the first QB in Miami Hurricanes history to post multiple 400-yard passing games in a single season. Two Miami quarterbacks have won the Davey O'Brien Award - Vinny Testaverde (1986) and Gino Torretta (1992). Miami is one of eight schools with multiple Davey O'Brien Award winners. - Miami football

07/15/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Stephen Morris, Miami...Three Miami Hurricanes have previously won the Maxwell Award - Vinny Testaverde (1986), Gino Torretta (1991) and Ken Dorsey (2001). Miami's three Maxwell Award winners are tied for the sixth-most with Florida, Penn and USC.

Morris started all 12 games under center a season ago, throwing for a career-best 3,345 yards and 21 touchdowns. His 3,345 passing yards in 2012 were the fifth-most in program history, while his 3,415 yards of total offense set a new single-season mark at Miami. He also became the first QB in Miami Hurricanes history to post multiple 400-yard passing games in a single season. - Miami Hurricanes football

 
Player News
05/06/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: Stephen Morris, Miami (Fla.), 6-2, 213, 4.63...Morris has the arm strength and athleticism to deserve consideration as an NFL quarterback, but his physical performance was impacted significantly by an Achilles injury last year. Also in question are his decision making skills, especially under pressure, after poor performances and a 1-6 career record against ranked opponents. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
 

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