The good news for Miami is that tests revealed Stephen Morris (pictured, left) did not suffer a broken ankle in the loss to North Carolina Saturday?
The not-so-good news? Whether the sprained ankle — not the high-ankle variety either — will allow the starting quarterback to play in this weekend’s in-state conference showdown remains up in the air.
Al Golden confirmed Sunday that x-rays on Morris’ ankle came back negative for broken bones, but stopped well short of declaring the junior ready for the Florida State game. In fact, it appears the mindset of the team is that backup Ryan Williams (pictured, right) will be under center when they take the field against the No. 10 Seminoles.
“It’s going to be a challenge no matter who is playing for us at quarterback,” Golden said according to the Sun Sentinel. “We’ll assess Stephen as the week unfolds, but we’re going into it thinking Ryan is going to be the guy.”
Morris suffered the injury midway through the fourth quarter of the four-point loss to North Carolina and was replaced by Williams. Williams, who transferred from Memphis to The U in May of 2011, completed 9-of-13 passes for 80 years after taking over for Morris.
If Morris is indeed unable to go against the ‘Noles, another bit of good news is that Williams has more than a little experience starting at the collegiate level. As a true freshman in 2010, Williams started the final ten games of the season for Memphis. Of course, after winning his first game that year, Williams was the starter of record for nine straight losses as the Tigers failed to score more than 20 points in any of those games.