CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- They want to tell their story. They want you - their loyal fans - to get to know them better. Over the next two months, HurricaneSports.com will continue the unique journey into the lives of each and every one of Al Golden's Hurricanes.
Stephen Morris | Quarterback | Sophomore | Miami, Fla.
Playing football has given me an opportunity to have fun, to learn to be more of a mature man, and to handle adversity differently.
The Golden Era should be the best era. It's going to be fun.
I was raised to be a mature man. A gentleman. My mom and dad did an extremely good job and I'm very grateful for that.
The attention I put to details is really big, especially for me.
The U means a lot more than just putting your hands together; I learned that over the years. It's a lot about hard work, dedication, commitment, and family.
Pass rushers will never get to me, never! I'd rather get tackled by a linebacker than a fat lineman (laughs).
I secretly wish that I could fly. I really want to fly. I would go anywhere and everywhere.
Competition brings out the best in you. Everybody needs it on the team to get better. You can't stay complacent.
Everybody can criticize me, the way I play, anything. But at the end of the day, it's just going to be me playing, so you take it and move on. You can't let it get to you; you have to have thick skin to play football.
My definition of my experience here at the U is one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. One that's made me a better person. And one that I love. It's all about family here, there's no one else.
I love watching Tom Brady. He throws the best balls, and the way he handles himself, any pass that he throws I'm there watching. I watch a lot of his film. He and I are completely different in terms of footwork and the way we play, but I try to imitate him in preparation and leadership and all the intangibles of being a quarterback.
In the pocket it's your own little quiet zone. When you get the ball, everything just freezes. It's just you, and you can only hear the linemen yelling and you have to make a decision.
I've learned to become a better person, more mature, and handle things a lot differently. Becoming more of a man of God, and be more in my faith, without letting anything distract me or get me away from what I'm trying to accomplish. From those given, much will be expected.
I had no idea that when Coach Golden said we would get to another level of conditioning, we would get to another level of conditioning (laughs).
We're the only team playing on opening weekend. That's a statement game. I can't wait.
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