Our offseason spotlight series continues today with Miami. A reminder: This series features individual players, position groups and coaches who really need to have big offseasons -- starting this spring.
Spotlight: Quarterback Stephen Morris.
2011 summary: He played in five games last season and started one -- the season opener against Maryland, when starter Jacory Harris was suspended because of an ongoing NCAA investigation. Morris threw for a season-high 195 yards in his start against Maryland. For the season, he completed 26 of 37 pass attempts for 283 yards and two interceptions. He also scored one rushing touchdown.
The skinny: Morris has been in the shadows now for two seasons, but he made a name for himself in 2010 when he started the final four games of the regular season in place of the injured Harris. Will he use this offseason to take control of the offense and emerge as the undisputed starter, or will Ryan Williams, Gray Crow or Preston Dewey unseat him? All of them will be practicing this spring. For now, it’s Morris’ job to lose, but the coaching staff has yet to see what the competition can do. Miami has to replace eight starters on offense. It needs an answer and a leader at quarterback -- quickly.