Morris got hurt midway through the fourth quarter in an 18-14 loss to North Carolina last week and Williams came on in relief. Coach Al Golden told reporters on his Sunday teleconference that X-rays on Morris' ankle were negative, but the team was going into the week of practice thinking Williams would start.
“We have no idea knowing where [Morris'] health is right now,’’ Golden said. “I don’t think I can imagine a scenario where we’re not going to try to do whatever we have to do to try to beat Florida State. So, without giving your question any thought, I think our kids deserve everything we’ve got to try to win this next game.”
Williams, a transfer from Memphis, was involved in a quarterback competition into the fall before Morris emerged as the starter. Morris has played well this season, going 154-of-268 for 1,991 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions. But he struggled against the Tar Heels, going 12-of-26 for 155 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions -- including one in the end zone.
After Morris went out of the game, Williams went 9-of-13 for 80 yards Morris, but he was unable to get Miami into the end zone on a critical final drive. He took Miami down to the North Carolina 29 with time winding down, but took a critical sack and the Hurricanes were unable to score.