Player of the Week: ACC

Our choice for ACC player of the week did not even get a weekly honor from the league on Monday.

He should have, given the way he led his team to victory.

I am talking about Miami quarterback Stephen Morris, who ended his season with another outstanding performance in a 52-45 win over Duke, ensuring the Hurricanes a winning season despite all the adversity this team had to overcome.

Morris went 15-of-25 for 369 yards and three touchdowns, helping Miami hold off a furious Duke rally. His 65-yard touchdown pass to Herb Waters with 7:37 left in the game essentially made the difference for the Hurricanes, who played with heart and energy despite knowing they had no conference championship game to play for.

We saw Morris grow and mature before our eyes this season, his first as a starter. We saw him win some crazy come-from-behind games. We saw him play through the pain of a sprained ankle. He ended up with four 300-yard games and touchdown passes in nine of 12 contests this season.

Overall, Morris had 3,415 yards of total offense, the most in the history of the program, just ahead of the 3,412 yards Bernie Kosar had in 1984. Morris’ season total of 3,345 passing yards ranks fifth in program history, while his 421 attempts and 245 completions rank first and second, respectively. His 21 TD passes on the season are tied for 10th all-time with Vinny Testaverde (1985).

Miami could have easily folded up shop against Duke. But Morris refused to wilt. So did his teammates. He left us with another terrific performance; one that leaves most everybody believing there is more to come next season.