Stephen Morris Surgery Complicates Miami's Spring Depth Chart

EL PASO TX - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Stephen Morris #17 of the Miami Hurricanes throws against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sun Bowl on December 30 2010 in El Paso Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Potential Miami starter Stephen Morris won't participate fully in spring drills after undergoing back surgery.

Not only are the Miami Hurricanes plagued with the ACC's toughest schedule, they also have all sorts of questions at quarterback. Long-time starter Jacory Harris is gone, leaving Stephen Morris as the only returning quarterback to attempt a pass at any point in the past two years.

Morris has played in 11 games and thrown 190 times, ranking him highly on the great Miami football depth chart in your mind. The problem: he underwent back surgery in the offseason, the Miami Herald reports, and won't be 100 percent for spring practice. Al Golden says he'll at least be able to throw the ball, and touted Morris' "great spirits."

The only other non-freshman passer on UM's roster is Memphis Tigers transfer Ryan Williams, a South Florida native. As a freshman starter for the Tigers in 2010, he completed 57 percent of his throws for 2,075 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 picks. Incoming freshmen Gray Crow, Preston Dewey and David Thompson were all rated three-star quarterbacks by Rivals.

For more on Canes football, visit Miami blog The 7th Floor.

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