Miami’s soon-to-be QB Emory Williams grew up one of seven boisterous brothers. He’ll fit in fine at UM.
By Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald[Emory] Williams has been playing football since he was 6, and has been privately coached by QB Country’s David Morris in Mobile, Alabama, since he was 13. Morris coaches several highly rated college quarterbacks, and his pupils included first-round NFL Draft picks Daniel Jones of the New York Giants (2019) and Mac Jones of the Patriots (2021).
“He’s an old-school pocket passer,’’ Morris told the Miami Herald. “Good feet, plays on time, strong arm, accurate, can throw with touch and layer it in there when he needs to. He’s really smart. He’s a guy that can play early. He’s mature enough to do that.’’
Williams chose to buck the hot trend among top high school players who compete in seven-on-seven tournaments. “I just don’t know how good it is for, specifically, quarterbacks,’’ Morris said. “It’s fun and it’s reps — that’s cool. But at the end of the day you get in bad habits with feet, bad habits with holding the ball. There’s no rush and you’re throwing to guys who may or may not run the right route. And you don’t have to drop so you can be lazy with your feet.”
Morris said former UM quarterback Malik Rosier, one of his program’s coaches, will also work with Williams, as he does now with Miami starter Tyler Van Dyke and freshman Jacurri Brown.
“I told him I was proud of him from not running from Jaden Rashada’s competition,’’ Rosier said of Williams. “When I was committed to Miami we also had Brad Kaaya and I was in a similar position. Emory has the height, the size and is smart. He loves the game of football and he’s going to be a really good quarterback for Mario. He has a lot of fundamentals already there and will understand a lot of complex coverages and route combinations.”