Miami Football: Can James Coley Turn Stephen Morris into an Elite QB?

David MayerCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 01: Stephen Morris #17 of the Miami Hurricanes throws the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies on November 1, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Most of you don't consider Stephen Morris to be an elite quarterback. He obviously isn't in the same class as ex-Hurricanes legends Ken Dorsey and Bernie Kosar.

Yes, Morris vastly improved last season when he threw for 3,345 yards and 21 touchdowns, but leading the team to a 7-5 record won't get you much notoriety.

I understand that the defense was to blame, but in games against North Carolina, Florida State and Notre Dame, Morris struggled with accuracy and control.

That could change for Morris this season with the help of new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, James Coley.

For those who are unfamiliar with Coley, he is a Florida State graduate who has coached at every level, from a quarterbacks coach at Miami Senior High School to an offensive assistant for the Miami Dolphins.

His last coaching stint was with his alma mater from 2008 to 2012, serving as Florida State's offensive coordinator, tight ends coach, quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator.

Many publications, including, are more focused on his recruiting ability than they are on his coaching skills, but Coley is much more than just one of the best recruiters in the ACC.

I honestly believe that he can turn Morris into one of the best quarterbacks in the country next season.

Morris already has the weapons to make this season special, as Miami returns every starter except Mike James on offense.

Coley has proven to be a very good offensive coordinator, helping the Seminoles to a 12-2 record last season. His offensive game-planning had the Seminoles ranked No. 10 in scoring, averaging 39 points per game.

Jedd Fisch, who left Miami for the NFL after last season, was a little late on opening up the offense at Miami. It will be interesting to see how Coley calls the plays this upcoming season.

The best part about Coley?

He loves to use the tight ends, and that is a position that the Hurricanes haven't fully developed since Greg Olsen was a Hurricane.

Miami has seven tight ends on the roster, and if Coley stays true to form, the pro-style offense will officially be back at Miami, including that elite quarterback that Miami hasn't had in years.