Miami waiting to see if Morris can play

Associated Press Modified: October 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm •  Published: October 16, 2012
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami is willing to wait and see if Stephen Morris' sprained left ankle improves before the Hurricanes choose a quarterback to start on Saturday night against No. 12 Florida State.

Ryan Williams practiced Tuesday as Miami's presumptive starter, with Preston Dewey as his backup, while Morris spent the day in and out of treatment and unable to do anything on the field. And while plenty of signs point to Williams getting the call in the annual rivalry game with the Seminoles, Miami coach Al Golden said he's still giving Morris a chance.

"We've got a long way to go," Golden said. "I would have to classify him as a game-time (decision) right now. ... So we'll see. Ryan did a great job today, threw the ball well, practiced really well, made all the throws so we're excited about him. We don't have really two separate game plans going in. And if Stephen's healthy, we'll give it a shot."

Golden said the earliest he expects Morris would have any chance of being on the practice field is Thursday, and if he makes it out there then, he'd likely be limited to 7-on-7 work. Miami is obviously concerned, and obviously doesn't know if Morris will be ready, as proven by Golden sending a 5:30 a.m. text message to ask how his quarterback was feeling.

Small problem: Golden sent that text to the wrong Morris — he sent it to Jim Morris, Miami's longtime baseball coach.

"I'm feeling fine," Jim Morris said.

Either way, Florida State is ready for either Williams or Morris. Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said his staff might even study some tape of Williams' games at Memphis in 2010 — he transferred to Miami after that season — even though that wouldn't do them any good as far as breaking down what the Hurricanes might try against them on Saturday night.

"You have to prepare for both," Fisher said. "And when you say prepare for both, though, how drastic are they going to change? I mean, in two or three days of practice, you could change your offense and do some different things, but the foundation is still going to be the same. One's a little more mobile, one's a little bigger and stronger, but they're both very good quarterbacks."

Fisher's offense has no such who-will-start dilemma.

The Seminoles boast perhaps the ACC's hottest quarterback right now in EJ Manuel, who led Florida State past Miami last season and is coming off a career-best 439-yard, four-touchdown showing last weekend against Boston College.

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