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Top 60 Countdown: No. 20, CB Brandon Harris

As we inch closer to toward the top spot in the countdown of the top 60 players at the University of Miami, we hit No. 20: CB Brandon Harris. The South Florida product and younger brother of former UM track star Tim Harris came to UM with high expectations. Will he live up to them?

Brandon Harris wears No. 1 and will be UM's No. 1 corner in 2009. But he's No. 20 on our list. > What we heard about him on Signing Day '08: Landing Harris was a major coup on National Signing Day. The former track and football standout at Miami Booker T. Washington High was The Miami Herald's Class 6A-4A Athlete of The Year and Gatorade's Player of the Year in Florida. He had more than 1,069 all-purpose yards on offense and made 49 tackles, five sacks and four picks while playing safety and corner. Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN had him ranked a consensus Top 100 national player and a top three national corner.

> What he's done as a Cane: Although he played in all 13 games and started six of them at left corner, Harris had some struggles as a freshman. At 5-10, 190 pounds, Florida State's big receivers exploited him for three scores and two pass interference penalties. He finished the season with 26 tackles including making his first interception in the regular season finale at N.C. State. He also served as a kick returner and had 13 returns for 274 yards, including a career-long 41 yard return versus Texas A&M. He looked sharp in the spring, tallying four tackles and one pass breakup in the spring game.

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Harris is the most talented corner UM has recruited since Kelly Jennings was around. Ask Randy Shannon about his secondary and the player he is most excited about is Harris. The Hurricanes desperately need Harris to deliver this season. We expect him to do that and be in the starting lineup versus the Seminoles and the rest of the season alongside either senior Chavez Grant or Demarcus Van Dyke. One thing Harris has the ability to do is break on balls and create turnovers. As a sophomore, the Hurricanes will urge him to do more of that now.

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First!!!!!!!!!! I'll be glad when practice starts

DONNA SHALALA AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

BUILD UM A STADIUM!!

If you build it they will come.

where is this stadium money going to from???

if U are a fan, U will come!

Harris has a lot to prove this season.

McGriff the db coach should be fired. They have been the worst position group and has shown the least development.

Donna are you LISTENING?????

MANNY:

HELP us start the movement for our own stadium!!!

Sincerely,

Homeless Hurricanes Fans

ITS TIME TO DOMINATE

Joe Robbie stadium is Great! Once we have some great games there it will become our home! Give it time bro! The season finale was bad ass man and the"almost" come back against fsu was good, would of been great had we won. that place was rocking and it was not sold out! Be patient!! Canes baby 2009!!!!

The entire secondary needs to step it up this year, they have to start making plays and getting more turnovers. They also need to help out against the run... the secondary was just as bad as our linebackers last year... hope Harris lives up to expectations.

Hsrris needs to man up this year and offer not only speed in coverage but somne run support.

Can the Canes go 12 and OH?

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am i the only one who thought harris was abysmal in the spring game?

Three0Five, I think you are the only one to think that because Harris played really good in the spring game. I went to mostly all the spring practices and he was great in those as well(hence, thats why Shannon is so excited about him). Byrd caught ONE pass on him in the spring game. And Manny, FSU did not score 3 touchdowns on Harris last yr. He had a rough game due to PI calls and missed tackles. The one TD which was by Greg Carr was called back due to a penalty.

I'm sorry, I have to disagree with Manny on this one. Harris is a special talent, but is not the best CB we have. You can't throw this guy in the top 20 off of his High School credentials. He has alot to prove this year and he has the ability and talent, but so does Sam Shields. He has to perform and show that he is the top corner at the U. His performance last year did not prove it.

Oh yeah, his stats will probably be better this year because of the DL improvements and everybody is growing to throw his way because of his performance last year.

It may not be Manny's opinion that Harris is the best DB on the team but he said "Ask Randy Shannon about his secondary and the player he's most excited about is Harris". There's a reason for that, if you don't think so go and watch the kid workout and practice. I don't think Harris had a bad freshman season, I just think a lot of people put unrealistic expectations on an 18 yr old kid fresh out of high school(30 tackles,4 pass break-ups, and 1 int isn't bad at all for a freshman DB with 5 starts). But I believe Harris have those expectations because of his work ethic and football IQ. He'll play really good this year. Trust me, the buzz is around about him on the University of Miami practice fields. He'll stand up to the expectations this season. Watch and see. Especially the HATERS.

have to agree real cane Harris didn't have a bad freshman year he held it down and I believe he will be great

it is shameful the hurricanes do not have their own stadium. there are plenty of options but let me throw this out there. TROPICAL PARK! it doesnt have to be huge. make it 40,000 and go from there. ob games can still be played over in that antiseptic concrete stadium up north. tropical park, close to campus, has space,seems to make sense.........so probably wont happen. go canes!

I hope Harris has a great season.

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