UM quarterback Stephen Morris, who was taken out of the game Saturday after appearing to aggravate his already bruised right ankle, was “throwing and running” at Monday’s practice, coach Al Golden said. “So, he’ll be fine. We’ve got to keep treating him and stay on top of it.”
Later in the day, Morris talked to reporters by phone and was asked whether he wanted to amend anything he said Saturday about USF playing “dirty” and going for his ankle under the pile.
“No, not really,” Morris said. “My biggest thing was it was in the heat of the moment. Obviously, playing this game, you’re always going to have a lot of emotions. You play this game with a lot of passion. That’s what it was. We’re just trying to move on from here.”
On Monday, the Tampa Bay Times reported that USF coach Willie Taggart said he heard Morris’ accusations “and went back and watched the entire game and I did not see that one bit. If anyone could show me where our guys did anything dirty, I would really like to see it because we don’t teach that. That’s not our football team.”
• Freshman wide receiver Stacy Coley was named the Atlantic Coast Conference co-Rookie of the Week, sharing the honor with Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Facyson. Coley had career highs for receptions (four), receiving yards (96) and receiving touchdowns (two) in UM’s 49-21 win at USF.