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Top 60 Countdown: No 2, QB Jacory Harris

As we roll along in the countdown of the top 60 players at UM, we reach No. 2 on the list: Quarterback Jacory Harris. Make no mistake about it, he's not just the startng quarterback for the Hurricanes. Jacory Harris is the heart and soul, the leader and perhaps the reason this program climbs back into the national landscape.

Jacory Harris > What we heard about him on Signing Day '08: Harris was a nobody at Miami Northwestern as a sophomore. But as a junior, he became somebody quickly. The skinny and tall former receiver led the Bulls to a 15-0 record and the Class 6A state championship. He followed it up by starring at the Elite 11 quarterback camp as a senior and leading the Bulls to another state title and perfect record. He shattered Miami-Dade records in the process, throwing 49 touchdown passes and only six interceptions while completing 222 of his 333 passes for 3,445 yards. EA Sports decided to name him the National Player of the Year and he was ranked the 7th-best pro style QB by Scout.com and 20th best by ESPN. He chose the Canes over Oregon.

> What he's done as a Cane: He wasn't the starter in 2008, but he was the better quarterback and proved it in 13 games, out-dueling Robert Marve who decided to transfer to Purdue after the season. Harris wasn't spectacular. But he was gutsy and was named the ACC's Rookie of the Week three times and completed more than 60 percent of his passes and finished with 1,195 yards, 12 TDs and 7 INTs. His best work came late in the game as he engineered a come-from-behind win at Duke with five TDs and led the game-tying and game-winning drives against Virginia.

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Bigger things. Harris has been ridiculed for his lack of girth, but not once in his career have I seen him take a hit and not be able to remain in the game. This year, he's added more bulk to his frame (6-4, 190) and his shoulder has healed. Teammates in camp say he can throw the deep ball just fine and he's become even more of a leader. New offensive coordinator Mark Whipple has the reputation for being the kind of coach who puts his players in situations they can succeed in. If that's the case, look for Harris to thrive in the mid-range passing game. He has a collection of the finest receivers in the ACC and if he has any sort of time to throw the ball the saavy on where to put it. If everything goes right by season's end, then there is no reason Harris won't head into the start of his junior year with some Heisman talk. And if things go amazingly well, then we might just see that afro, pink suit and pimp cup at the podium in December 2010. Jacory Harris is a winner. And if he gets enough help, he'll make Miami a winner once again too. 

FYI... Seeing how I didn't get a lot of time off this summer covering the Marlins, I decided to take this week off (knowing the Canes start prepping for Florida State next week). So, there will be no updates here from practice this week. Our Susan Miller Degnan will be out there covering it all when practice resumes Thursday morning. I'll be back out there beginning Monday.

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Ken Dorsey had a head Coach who could coach. That the difference between this situation and Dorsey and Kelly's. And who is Tee Martin to say anything. He was an average at best college QB on a loaded Tennessee team that run the ball 2/3rds of the time and all he had to do is not turn the ball over. Surely U jest

Dorsey had a coach? The coach who left after one year? Remember Dorsey lost his first game. He did make a valiant comeback and almost won that game. That ws no coaching that was pure balls. UW sacked him seveal times and he could have easily gone down

And who is Tee Martin to say anything.

Posted by: CJ | August 26, 2009 at 11:07 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tee_Martin

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v446/Xeroc/UM/emptyOrangeBowl2.jpg

mr. martin led tinnessee to the promised land …
who the F are you?
an f-i-u-don’t-matter fan …

OXYMORON

IF U look at the record Davis was the coach of Miami the first two years of Dorsey's career at Miami. 2ndly he was responsible for the 01 National Title not Coker the Choker. And if U think the valient comeback wasn't coaching and was pure balls U are dumber than the irrational words U type if thats possible.

No Fulmer had a team with a ton of talent that played a Marcus Outzen QBed team. Remember Weinke was out of that game with a neck injury.
Outzen was just barely better than Freeman was and Tennessee run the ball and asked Martin just to not screw things up while the D stuffed the FSU running game knowing Outzen could not beat them throwing.
A real Cane that doesn't accept mediocrity thats who the F I am. If U didn't know, now U know.

These freakin wimps nowadays comin out of h.s.if they dont play they take there ball and go home or to Purdue..Yah you R M you wuss.if your good you will play.I can't take these freaking winnies anymore they just run home when they can't be the starter.Heck Marve was the stater and still ran home to his daddy

And I don't think Marve could have held berlin's jock and that's not saying much.Heck he may have been a backup to Frank Costa whoi cost us that orange bowl vs Nebraska

I hope I am wrong about Jacory but I don't think so! I don't know what some of you saw in him to make you think he is the next great qb at the U. Just hold on for a couple years til we can bring in a real QB because these qb's now are not going to get it done! Bye Bye Shannon!

M CONCERN IS NOT RATHER OR NOT HE CAN TAKE A HIT. WE ALL CAN TAKE A HIT, BUT CAN WE GET UP AND RECOVER FROM THAT HIT. I HAVE SEEN MR. HARRIS TAKE SOME VICIOUS HITS AND NOT ONLY DID HE GET UP, BUT HE CHOSE ON MANY OCCASSIONS TO RUN THE BALL SHORTLY AFTER THE HIT. I'M SURE TO LET THE OTHER TEAM KNOW, HE HAD NO FEAR. REMEMBER THIS YOUNG MAN IN HIS LAST YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL NOT ONLY SHATTERED DADE COUNTY RECORDS BUT HAD ONE OF THE LOWEST INTERCEPTION S OF ANY QUARTERBACK AND DID I ADD HE LED HIS TEAM TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. HE DID IT WITH HUMBLENESS. PS HE MISSED TYING THE STATE RECORDS FOR TOUCHDOWNS THROWN BY THROWING TWO TOUCHDOWNS LESS THAN THE RECORD.

PS: NOW THAT HE NO LONGER HAS TO COME OFF THE BENCH(HE WAS WILLING TO WAIT HIS TURN) THE NATION WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE TRUE JACORY HARRIS. I HONESTLY FEEL THIS YOUNG MAN HAS ALL OF THE POTENTIAL TO WIN THE HEISMAN.

You guys are dreaming, we lost a total of 3 fine QB prospects. Harris has shown nothing, except to look panicy and indecisive, I rest the blame on Shannon as he is destroying this program. We have had excellent recruits and no results. Shannon MUST go and we need a real head coach.

"He will be fired after this season...Too bad we didn't get Butch Davis when he was available when LC was fired..."

Allcanes I hope you are correct, I am not so sure, I don't think Shalala and AD, what's his name, have the guts to fire him, they don't seem to care how much good an excellent football program does for the entire University. SHannon is a joke as a head coach!

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