Last week Miami’s Stephen Morris spoke to Joe Rose about the team being “internally driven.” Today he joined Jorge Sedano to talk more football, of course, but also about life’s lighter side, like Coach Golden’s hair and his huge birthday plans.
After experiencing tremendous success to finish last season, what does the senior quarterback need to do better?
“I need to make better decisions,” Morris said. “My whole goal this offseason was to focus on my footwork.”
As for backfield mate Duke Johnson, Stephen isn’t worried about the challenge of a higher workload fazing his dazzling running back.
“He’s definitely prepared for it, especially mentally and physically.” Morris said. “He’s put on extra weight to protect himself as well.”
Conversation shifted towards the lackluster play of Miami’s defense. Asked whether it was ever frustrating to see the other side of ball struggle, Morris again answered in benevolent fashion.
“I wouldn’t use the word frustrating, it just put — not pressure on us — it just made us score,” He said. “It put the weight on us and we were definitely ready for that.”
“I’m never going to blame the defense and I’ll never look bad at the defense because we’re all a family.”
Then came the fun questions in rapid succession. Up first, whether Coach Golden’s hair has a nickname.
“There’s a lot of things you don’t do at the University of Miami and talk about Coach Golden’s hair is definitely in the top five,” Morris warned.
“Coach Golden is a cool cat, but I wouldn’t want to push him.”
With Stephen’s 21st birthday approaching in August, surely he must have some big plans. But clubbing on South Beach isn’t one of them.
“I do have a couple big plans,” Morris admitted. “I have Florida Atlantic coming up and University of Florida so I’m pretty busy.”
There you have it, a quarterback with every physical tool a coach could desire, but one who also possesses the mental edge to back it up. The ceiling continues to rise for Stephen Morris.
Listen to the full interview here.