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Miami Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris not fazed by fan chants

 

MNAVARRO@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris has been so focused on doing his job better he didn’t hear the boos or the chants for backup Ryan Williams during Saturday’s 42-24 loss to Virginia Tech.

“Seriously? For real?” Morris responded Monday when told the chants for Williams were being made as UM’s offense struggled. “That’s hilarious. I didn’t hear that at all. I don’t even know what to say to it. You know how Miami fans are. I’m not going to criticize them or praise the fans in any sort of way. It is what it is.”

A year ago, Morris was viewed as a welcome replacement for the interception-prone Jacory Harris. Fans were chanting Morris’ name often during Harris’ troublesome times. In his first full season as a starter last year, Morris posted solid numbers, completing passes at a 58.5 percent clip for 3,345 yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His quarterback rating was 138.07.

This year he has done better in terms of completion percentage (58.9) and rating (148.8), but he has more interceptions (10) and fewer touchdowns (14).

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