Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 10/15/12
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. While growing up in South Florida, there was a game each year Ryan Williams had to watch. Come Saturday night, it looks as if hell be playing in it. Williams is Miamis backup quarterback. But he will start at Sun Life Stadium against Florida State if Stephen Morris isnt recovered from a sprained left ankle suffered last Saturday against North Carolina. This is kind of what I grew up watching, Williams said of the Hurricanes about to face the Seminoles. I always wanted to play in a Florida State-Miami match-up. Its really the biggest game on our schedule based on rivalry. Williams graduated from Miramar High School, just up the road from Sun Life Stadium. He started at Memphis as a freshman in 2010 before transferring to Miami, where he redshirted last season and was ineligible to play. Williams replaced Morris on Saturday after he was hurt midway through the fourth quarter of an 18-14 loss to the Tar Heels. While Hurricanes coach Al Golden didnt completely rule Morris out against the Seminoles, he said Sunday he anticipates Williams will get the nod. Well access Stephen as the week kind of unfolds, but right now were going in thinking that Ryan is going to be the guy, Golden said. X-rays were negative on Morris. Even if he can't play Saturday, Morris will have plenty of time to heal after that since Miami's next game isn't until Nov. 1 against Virginia Tech. Its not a high-ankle sprain, Golden said. Its the better of the sprains you can get on your ankle. After Morris landed wrong and went down in a heap, Williams came in to complete 9-of-14 passes for 80 yards against the Tar Heels. He almost rallied the Hurricanes to a come-from-behind win. Williams claimed he wasnt nervous. He sure doesnt sound as if he would be if he gets the start against Florida State. UNC was a great defense, very fast, Williams said. I feel like theyre a lot like Florida State. They get a lot of South Florida kids. A lot of them from Miami, like we are. So its going to be a fast. Its going to be a big show. Its going to be a great game. If I play, Im excited. Williams hardly will be the only one feeling that way in the game against the 12th-ranked Seminoles that will be televised by ABC. The Hurricanes are tired of getting kicked around by Florida State, which has won two straight games in the series and five of the past seven. Interestingly, Miamis last two wins have come in Tallahassee. The Hurricanes have lost three straight at home to Florida State, not having won at home since 2004 when they were still playing at the Orange Bowl. I cant wait, senior running back Mike James said about getting a final shot at the Seminoles. I just cant wait. Any time its Florida State and Miami, the animosity is big. So you owe them all the time. Not only is it a rival game, but the Hurricanes (4-3, 3-1 ACC Coastal Division) are trying to avoid their first three-game regular-season losing streak since 2007. And theyre now just a half game ahead of 2-1 Virginia Tech, their biggest threat in the Coastal Division. We got a big game coming up, said wide receiver Allen Hurns. Hurns expressed confidence in Williams. After all, Williams threw for 2,075 yards and 13 touchdowns at Memphis in 2010 and he looked good as Miamis starting quarterback in spring drills while Morris sat out because of back surgery. Ryan is a good leader as well, Hurns said. He was very poised (against the Tar Heels) I think Ryan will be ready (Saturday) because even in the offseason there was competing (for the starting job). Im comfortable with whoevers back there at quarterback. It looks as if it will be Williams. He might not have played yet in a Miami-Florida State game, but he sure knows all about them. Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson
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