- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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No. 6 Stephen Morris, QB, Miami
Previous ranking: Not ranked.
Making the case for Morris: At this time last year, Stephen Morris had just won a competition to start at quarterback. It is pretty remarkable how far he has come in just one year starting under center. Morris set the school record for total offense last year (3,415 yards) and even then remained pretty under the radar from a national perspective. Not anymore. People have finally clued in to what Morris did last year and see tremendous room for even more growth as he enters his senior season. Though Morris threw for 3,345 yards last year, he only completed 58.2 percent of his passes. That is one key area where Morris can improve this season. One other big area is being able to keep defenses more off-balanced. With the emergence of Duke Johnson in the backfield, Miami is equally adept at running and passing, making play-action that much more valuable for the Hurricanes. The Morris-Johnson duo is one of the biggest reasons why Miami was the preseason choice to win the Coastal. If Morris continues on his upward trajectory and Miami can string together one victory after another, Morris could emerge as a darkhorse Heisman contender.
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