Posted: 11:15 am Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
By Matt Porter
Miami’s offensive line has had its issues early this season. Last night, it made a mistake that could be costly.
Quarterback Stephen Morris was injured at 8:51 of the first quarter in the No. 16 Hurricanes’ 77-7 win over FCS opponent Savannah State. He left the game with an ankle injury suffered when a Tigers defensive end worked his way through Miami’s protection.
In the video screenshots above (click to enlarge), Morris fakes a handoff to Duke Johnson. In the foreground of the upper left-hand image, left tackle Seantrel Henderson is one-on-one with Savannah State defensive end Alex Wierzbicki, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound converted tight end.
In the middle left-hand image, Wierzbicki has outworked Henderson and blown past Johnson, who dove at him in an attempt to make a cut block or otherwise slow his progress. He’s quickly on his way to Morris, who sees the defender coming and releases a pass toward the sideline.
As shown in the large image, Morris has his weight on his right foot — his back foot — after throwing. Weirzbicki’s tackle seemingly puts a strain on Morris’ right ankle. X-rays were negative, but Miami coach Al Golden said Morris would remain off his ankle for 48 hours.
If Morris does not play when the Hurricanes visit South Florida on Saturday (noon, ESPNU), junior Ryan Williams will get the start. Williams was 11-of-13 for 176 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Morris against Savannah State. Redshirt freshman Gray Crow also played, completing 6-of-6 passes for 55 yards.