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Harris adjusting to backup role positively

When Jacory Harris first began sharing snaps with Robert Marve last spring, one of the unfortunate worries that crept into the back of the minds of Canes fans was that one day one would have to accept playing the role of supporting actor instead of star. After all, both were nothing less than the man as they set Florida high school passing records, led their teams to state titles and earned Mr. Florida Football honors their senior seasons.

With a breakout performance against Texas A&M last Saturday its become more apparent this team will be Robert Marve's to direct at least until proven otherwise. So, how is Jacory handling it? In a sentence: Like a team player.

Jacory_harris2"I'm starting to get more comfortable with it," he said. "At first I was like kind of like `Dang, will I ever have a chance to get into a groove or would I make one mistake and then not be able to showcase my skills again?' But now I'm realizing it's best for the team. Whatever the team needs that's what I am, a team player."

There's no question in my mind Marve has shown us in two starts he's at least a little bit further ahead than Harris when it comes to being ready to take the starting role. He looks a little bit more confident in the pocket (he's looked calm scrambling for big first downs). He's made some better decisions on when and when not to throw it (remember that pass Harris almost had intercepted against Charleston Southern). And he's got a stronger arm than Jacory -- in my opinion -- right now. But I think the bottom line is Canes fans ought to be joyous. Because right now, both of these guys are better than anything else this team has had since Ken Dorsey left. And to have two quarterbacks on the same team is a blessing. Look what Saturday's opponent, North Carolina, is going through right now with its starter.

UM needs Harris as a backup. And they need him to be happy (after all, we remember what things were like when Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman were battling for the starting job). Harris is happy and says he can accept the fact Marve is the starter (at least for now) and that he'll likely continue to be used for a series or two in each game. He admitted Tuesday he's had family and friends wonder why he hasn't seen the field more. And he's brushed it off because he and Marve are worried more about victory than individual fame and glory.

Robert_marve"Yes, there's been a lot of people that question why I'm not playing as much," Harris said. "But I always tell them Robert is a good kid, he actually is a good athlete, a good quarterback. Coming into the season when coach was talking about who was going to start, in the back of my mind I knew coach (Patrick) Nix had prepared either one of us – if one gets the job, whoever it is is going to lead this team to a great season. It made me feel more comfortable knowing that Robert was a good quarterback.

"I know the coaches have faith in me, that I'll be used in the offense sooner or later more. I just go out there and do what I have to do. If they tell me to go out there and hand the ball off, I'll hand the ball off. Whatever the team needs to win, that's what I want to do."

Marve said he isn't surprised the system the coach Randy Shannon has implemented has been successful. "Me and (Harris) talk about it all the time," Marve said. "We really don't care the situation we're put into as long as we're winning game, are both playing good, are both helping each other out. We're both trying to listen to the advice coaches are giving us. I'm not surprised. I know Jacory's a great quarterback. To have both of us helping each other overall helps the quarterback position so much."

> Still, there are some adjustments to be made. Harris admitted he wasn't ready to enter the game when Marve got the wind knocked out of him Saturday in College Station. And he admitted, he was nervous. "This was actually my first time being nervous because Marve got knocked out in the game," said Harris, who said it took him an incomplete pass to get the jitters out. "I saw him about to get up but then I'm like `Oh crap, I might have to go in.' I ran onto the field and my mind wasn't on being in the game at the time. I was kind of nervous going onto the field at that time. We got a field goal out of it, so it really didn't show."

"I wouldn't say I wasn't mentally ready; just at that point in time I didn't expect that to happen. It was like, `Dang, where's my helmet at? I have to find my helmet.' I had to run onto the field. I did some good things on that drive - so we came out with a field goal, so I guess it was alright."

Patricknix100_64_2> The good news for Miami is that it appears Shannon is taking the development of his quarterbacks very seriously. Offensive coordinator Patrick Nix has spent the first three games of the season coaching from the sideline -- instead of the press box -- so he can personally attend to his QBs needs. "Me and coach Nix talked about it, him going on the sideline where he can talk to them face to face – instead of getting them on the phone `Here's the game plan," Shannon said. "Now you have to rattle off all the plays instead of the kids looking at them, `This one I like.' That has made a big difference in the quarterbacks."

Marve and Harris agreed they like having Nix on the field next to them. "It gives you a sense, you know your coach is there with you," Harris said. "You can see by his expressions if you're doing good or not. When your on the field, when your off the field you can learn from just looking at him how he reacts to things determines if you're doing okay, how the game goes... as soon as you come to the sideline you can have someone that relates to you that's not a player. You talk to him about anything that happens. With me, I ask him what plays he called, what's going on on the field."

Said Marve: "You feel you can talk to him about a lot more things; any little thing pops into your head you can whisper it into his ear, see what he thinks about it. It's a lot better communication overall. Me and Jacory being so young, it really helps where he can talk to us, calm us down. We can see his emotions, not guess about things."

** REMINDER: I've uploaded all of my audio interviews from yesterday into the UM audio section including conversations with defensive tackle Joe Joseph, offensive lineman A.J. Trump, receiver Leonard Hankerson, linebacker Glenn Cook, tight end Dedrick Epps, Marve, Harris and Shannon. It's a cool feature other websites don't have and something I work hard on making sure you get here at Herald.com.

Also, for those of you that missed it, here's a link to Tuesday's chat transcript

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Stick with it Jacory....You will be better off for it. Remember its always darkness before light.

Hey, We had Vinny and Bernie on the same team also. It worked out for then kind of :)

What do you think the chances are we ever red shirt Jacory and get a year between the two?

NONE! Who would be the back up then? We already had to shuffle through two injured QBs last year. It's just not going to happen.

Marve was just put out in the Aggies game, and we needed Harris to come in for those two series.

GREEN....in less than a week...the yids will control this gov't....It's about time!

it is amazing that we are even sitting here discussing whether or not Miami is going to beat UNC. I mean we are talking about football right? Not basketball, I mean yes for some reson UNC now has a couple of athletes on the offensive side of the ball but by no means is Paulus going to be ready for that type of defense. UNC beat us last year barely, only because we had Kyle I am not Wright and a slow, lathargic defense. Look Miami will be ready, we are at home and most importantly we can feel confident going into a home game now. This is a totally different team than last year and we should come out and go for the gusto from the start. UNC does not scare me unless you are talking about Basketball other than that they get NO RESPECT.


ITS ALL ABOUT THE U!

By the way from what I saw last week by no means is does Jacory deserve to start, he has talent but Marve is miles and miles ahead of him. I say only play Jacory at the end of games for washup duty other than that please keep Marve in the game, unless he completely falls apart. Hey guys have U noticed anything different about this years team? They have something call SWAGGER. It is written all over Marve..

U got to love a quarterback with tattoos and a temple fade, I love it he reminds me of myself when I was 18 years old.

I'm not worried about Jacory at all. He loves the U and is a team player, and will wait for his turn. It may take a few years, but this team will be his completely for at least a year, probably 2 if Marve keeps playing this well. We'll redshirt Cook, who also looks like a stud to me, and he'll get a year too as a senior. People forget about him, but he's 6'5 with a cannon for an arm. Looks a lot like Testaverde to me. Harris might have to watch out for him as he gets a few years under his belt and gets more accurate.

I doubt it though. I think all of them will have their turn, and by that point Shannon will have 2 more 5-star QB's committed to wait their turns to start. It's all coming back around baby!

Will the dolphin stadium turf be fixed up for the North Carolina game now that the Marlins are out of the playoffs??

Jacory can come play at FIU...

come on! We need him more than you guys do!

What about Cannon Smith? What- will he transfer? He is smallish (5-10), and did mediocre in the spring. With Marve, and harris and Cook waiting in the wings this boy "aint" never gonna play!

FIUfantastic: LOL.

Hey what aver happened to Charlie Jones?

I heard on 560am it takes a week to redo the sod so since the marlins just got eliminated yesterday I doubt it

I think red shirting Jacory could be in his future. If Cannon and Taylor progress well enough to provide depth and Marve proves not to be injury prone, why not? Jacory's fifth year would be great for him and great for the team. I hope he doesn't get discouraged and think about transfering.

By the way, I love the audio interview Manny! Great Work!

Marves got SWAGGER!
Great point just read that, made me pretty happy.

Will the dolphin stadium turf be fixed up for the North Carolina game now that the Marlins are out of the playoffs??

Posted by: Eliseo Duran | September 24, 2008 at 06:01 PM
hey manny navarro, how 'bout definitiveness ...

si o no

GREEN....in less than a week...the yids will control this gov't....It's about time!

Posted by: M.H. | September 24, 2008 at 04:06 PM

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WE ARE BACK, BACK TO MEDIOCRITY IN THE WEAKEST CONFERENCE IN THE NATION

Posted by: canesrule | September 21, 2008 at 02:44 PM
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fear not, gaturd agent provocateur ...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

GREEN SINCE MANNY DOESNT ANSWER MY QUESTION CAN YOU?

DONT YOU THINK RANDY SHANNON IS MAKING A BIG MISTAKE BY RECRUITING THESE OUT OF STATE PLAYERS. I KNOW BRYCE BROWN IS RANKED VERY HIGH AS A RB BUT LOOK AT HIS BROTHER ARTHUR.

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UNMISTAKABLE

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THESE OUT OF STATE GUYS DONT PLAY TOP NOTCH FOOTBALL LIKE OUR HOMETOWN KIDS.

Posted by: A Realisst | September 19, 2008 at 11:00 AM
cream rises to the top ...

IN SHANNON WE TRUST

So let me get this right....over lending and borrowing, is what got us into this mess....and the gov't wants to prop up the financials, so we can overspend and borrow some more...is that about right?

Posted by: M.H. | September 24, 2008 at 04:06 PM

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Posted by: green | September 24, 2008 at 09:13 PM

Your too kind....Yenta..

Our economy is dead because the government has rewarded the reckless who practice arbitrage: taking advantage of price differentials by buying and selling at the same, or near the same time. Whether its stock speculation, flipping homes, that is what George W. supported, probably unkowingly since he is such a dimwit. The U.S. needs to become a producer nation, and thegovernment has to stop the flow of capital to cheap labor markets so we can produce goods that we can sell domestically and hopefully abroad.
Alan Greenspan thought he could keep the economy afloat printing cheap money, but arbitrage doesn't produce permanent wealth, it is a multi layered Ponzi scheme. This all started under the great b.s.er Ronald Regan, continued under Bush 1 and Clinton, and collapsed under the dimwit legacy.

When the changed the market from fractions to decimals....

Hurricanes number one fan!!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiBoL4DrmNg

What's up Manny? Good post. I was wondering can you bring up to Coach Shannon or Nix about sometype of trick play with Jacory or Marve at reciever while the ohter one is at quarterback. One throws to the other while they have the fastest or a gamebreaker type reciever running down the sideline (Aldarius Johnson or Travis Benjamin) for the 80 yard touchdown pass. I know it can work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some of you short bus riding cane nitwits are calling to "redshirt Jacory."
Once a player takes the field for ONE play, the redshirt eligibility is gone.

red shirt = NO playing time

Marve should have gone ahead and gotten tribal armband tattoos to compliment the he/she lettering he got on his triceps. Swagger? He looks like an idiot with the ink and Vanilla Ice haircut. Cane fan is all giddy and UM hasn't seen conference play. Put the brakes on the mouth. Shut it.

Some of you short bus riding cane nitwits are calling to "redshirt Jacory."
Once a player takes the field for ONE play, the redshirt eligibility is gone.

red shirt = NO playing time

Posted by: canesrule's political analysis is remarkably but not surprisingly dimwitted | September 25, 2008 at 06:19 AM


Correction: According to new NCAA rules, a player that gets INJURED and played in less than 30% of the season can still be redshirted. Key word "injured".

Marve should have gone ahead and gotten tribal armband tattoos to compliment the he/she lettering he got on his triceps. Swagger? He looks like an idiot with the ink and Vanilla Ice haircut. Cane fan is all giddy and UM hasn't seen conference play. Put the brakes on the mouth. Shut it.


Yeah right brother I called it after the Florida game and do not hate on white chocolate "Marve" the boy has got soul, flavor and most importantly swagger. Yes that is right I said swagger. The kid went to the swamp and looked like three c's. CALM,COOL AND COLLECTIVE. Something that has not been around here for a while. Marve has got good instincts and also he has the IQ to go with it. Yeah he gets a little too cocky sometimes, especially with his arm strength, throwing the deep ball or trying to needle the ball in tight spaces but the kid is here and looks good. Stop hating dude you are just mad because you feel you must bring your negativity on the this blog. I happen to like the tattoos so chill on the hate.

Dont hate the player hate the game....

ITS ALL ABOUT THE U! Miami 35 UNC 17

By the way that haircut is called a Temp fade but you would not know anything about that kid. Guarantee you he gets more butt than you ever got in your life. Go hate on someone elses blog..

Now the retard Gaturd fan is copying my posts out of context. Imitation truly is the greatest form of flattery. Maybe he will learn something if he reads them.

I hate a 2 qb system, but BOTh have TOO much talent to let waste. Hell Spurrier made it work. Just make sure they both get enough playing time to get into a rythm. Let's get some payback on the Heels. GO CANES!!!!!

Love the "new" look Manny!! Keep up the GREAT work!!

Go 'canes!!

http://www.coachoftheyear.com/

i just voted for RS and he is in third place right now so show ur love

Yo.....good job with the redshirt rule dimwitt...

That video from Tim Tebow is one of the funniest things that I have ever seen, even if it does poke fun at the 'canes!

Go 'canes!!

Now the retard Gaturd fan is copying my posts out of context. Imitation truly is the greatest form of flattery. Maybe he will learn something if he reads them.

I know you are not referring to me. I am a die hard canes fan what gives you the impression I am a gator fan. Yeah right I can not stand the gators so get your facts right idiot.

Why can I not comment on the regular articles? I am logged in.

That is hysterical if UF fans really think Meyer adjusted. We were still punching them in the mouth in the 3rd quarter, were we not?

The refs won that game for them not their team.

They haven't even played anybody:

OOOOOOO, they beat Hawaii who was just blown out by Oregon State 45-7. They are 1-2.

OOOOOOO, they beat THE U with an offense that had it's FIRST game together, and coming off a 5-7 season. We are 2-1.

OOOOOOO, they beat UTenn even though they were beat by UCLA who in turn has been slaughtered by BYU 59-0 and Arizona 31-10. UTenn has only beaten UAB. They are 1-2.

Jacory goin have a fair shot at playing Kortback at University Miami, jus likke Cannon and Taylor.

Buf e wanna transfer to USF and play fo a contender, den Imma sign off on dat paypa !!

Happy Trails Jacory....Big mistake signing with University Miami.

As much as i wuz excited to see wat all da northwestern players were gonna do 4 da canes in their freshman year, a part of me feels dat it would've been a lot better for Jacory Harris to e redshirted this year and be ready to lead da team by himself hopefully by his sophmore year

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