It’s games like this where coaches just hope to leave the field with all of their players healthy. For Miami, that wasn’t the case Saturday night, as starting quarterback Stephen Morris went down with what was later reported to be a right ankle injury in the first quarter. Morris has a history of ankle issues, injuring his left ankle twice before the FSU game last year and before the Sun Bowl in 2010.
” The x-rays were negative,” Miami coach Al Golden said. “We’ll be cautious with it, we’ll get him off his feet in the next 48 hours, but it looks like he’ll be fine.”
That’s a pretty positive outlook from Al, and that may indeed be the case, but ankle injuries can sometimes be nagging, especially if it’s a high ankle injury. You know what though, with USF on the horizon next week, I don’t see any reason why Miami should even chance it with Morris and just hold him out next week.
Ryan Williams and Gray Crow came in to go a combined 17-19 for three TDs and no interceptions. Might as well let those guys get more playing time next week.
So what did we learn from Satuday night’s game? Good question.
I mean we learned that Stacy Coley is really fast, and he got rid of the nerves from the FAU game, but most of us sane people believed he was going to come around at some point. We learned that Gus “The Bus” Edwards may be the thunder to Duke’s lightning. Edwards had 12 carries for 113 yards and three TDs. That’s not too shabby, even if was against the Sisters of The Blind, Deaf, and Mouthless.
“Coaches told me to be ready the whole week of practice, and I was just excited to put my practice into the game,” Gus said after his breakout performance.
“I was very excited. I haven’t scored that many TDs since high school.”
Well, duh Gus. You were just in high school. But that’s a good thing. It means you have plenty of time to grow, physically, and mentally, and maybe be the guy that takes over for “the guy.”
Gus Edwards is a pretty good example of Al Golden’s recruiting philosophy. There’s a kid that was going to go to Syracuse before they had a coaching change, and Miami pounced on him. Normally I’m not a fan of bringing kids from the northeast down to Miami, but in this case, Staten Island in the HOUSE.
On defense we saw Jermaine Grace lead the team with five total tackles. We saw Quan (and really there’s no other reason to call him anything other than Quan) get two sacks and continue to show what the entire universe was telling me before the season- That Boy Good!
“I expected to get sacks in this game,” Quan said. “I was upset that I didn’t have any sacks yet, but I knew if I worked hard in practice, stay engaged, run to the ball, do whatever the coach called, it was gonna come.”
You feel bad for a team like Savannah State. I mean, I don’t feel bad for the school, they reportedly got paid $375,000 to get their heads beat in Saturday night, and become the answer to the trivia question: Which team was Miami playing when it scored a school record 77 points?
They’ve made money from plenty of these games, against the likes of Oklahoma State, FSU and others. So in that case, I don’t feel bad for the school, but for the players? They don’t see any of that money. They come down here to get demoralized and bruised and battered, for what? Experience? Look, I’ll buy the experience thing if it’s a team like Larry Coker’s UTSA squad that is trying to move up the ladder in the FBS. Down the road, games against greater opponents are going to mean something. But for a team out of the MEAC like Savannah State, that has won four games in four years, what the heck do they gain, as players, for playing in a game like this.
Al Golden said on Wednesday, that he wishes all of this out-of-conference-paying-teams-to-get-hammered stuff would be regulated or go away, but it’s the way of the world today. Miami doesn’t have to pay USF, who is 0-3 (including a 28-10 loss to FAU), to get a W next week in Tampa. I bet the athletic department accountants are happy about that.
The team is going to be happy that they’ll most likely start the season 4-0. The only question is, what of SteMo’s injury? Was it worth the $375,000 if he’s out for a while? That question is above my pay grade.
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