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Canes finally free to gush about Jacory

Raising a question about Jacory Harris last season at the University of Miami felt a lot like asking a parent to single out one of their twins. Everytime you brought up him up, Robert Marve would find his way into the discussion. 

Jacory Harris

There is no need to be politically correct about which quarterback is the favorite anymore at The U. UM players can finally gush honestly about the guy who stuck around and who some pundits believe deserves to be in the Heisman discussion two games into his sophomore season.

"The thing about Jacory is he helps keep us together," tight end Jimmy Graham said. "He's always laughing. He's always joking around with everybody. During the film meetings, he's always sitting with someone new. He's not sitting in the front. He's always sitting with the wide receivers, sitting with the running backs, sitting with the tight ends. He loves everybody on the team."

And everybody on the team, it seems, loves him. Even big, bad Orlando Franklin. The 6-7, 330-pound offensive guard likes being Harris' body guard on game days -- including bus rides. Franklin sits next to Harris on bus trips. Harris in turn provides comic relief for all with his jokes -- and his wardrobe selection. Whether its wearing funny hats or different colored shoes, Harris' teammates say he'll do whatever he has to do to keep things loose. 

One day on campus before the Florida State game, Phillips said Harris was walking around looking like "Steve Urkel," with "his socks up to his knees, his shirt tucked in and his shorts pulled up." 

Phillips said Harris took it up a notch on game day before the Florida State game. "We have our traditional shirt, tie and blazer we all wear," Phillips said. "Jacory shows up with this Louis Vuitton scarf, Gucci shades, funny haircut and earings. The first thing I'm thinking about is 'Tim Tebow doesn't dress like this.'

"But he's his own guy. He's different. That's why people love him. He's able to get guys relaxed when they're real intense."

Harris saves all his intensity for the field. Graham said the way Harris leads reminds him a lot of former two-time All-ACC guard Jack McClinton.

"His focus on game days is something I've never seen," Graham said. "When it comes time to play, Jacory Harris is a very, very focused man. There's no joking around. It might look on TV after the game when he's smiling that it was all fun and games. But during the game and preparation, he has that stone cold face on. He wants to win. That's something I didn't notice until the Florida State game. After the game I went to congratulate him, but he said 'Thank you. But we're not done yet.'

"He's a very focused player just like Jack. [Both] have a great game day preparation and gameday focus. They also share that killer whim mentality. And they both do not like to lose. They're very competitive and expect everybody to want it more or just as much as they do. It's a relentless drive to win."

That's why Phillips said everyone respects Harris, despite his funny shoes and his occasional "weirdness."

"In the beginning as a senior leader, I was like this kid better go out there and impress some people or I'm going to be real mad at him," Phllips said. "But he's doing real well. I really enjoy having Jacory Harris as my quarterback. He's making a big difference to the city of Miami and to college football. Big, big difference."

> EARLY RISERS: For all the talk about how much extra time UM has had to prepare for its opponents, nothing might have proven to be a bigger advantage for the Canes this season than having their afternoon practices moved to the crack of dawn.

"Me and Josh Holmes talk about it everyday about whether we like it or don't like them," offensive tackle Matt Pipho said. "Before practice, we're like 'God we got to wake up this early.' After practice we say 'We had a great practice.' There's a lot to like It's not as hot. Plus, coaches are preaching you to move drill to drill quicker. There is no heat. So we're getting a lot more plays in. I'm a proponent of them for sure."

> URIBE REMAINS ON KICKOFFS: I forgot to mention this yesterday in the blog (it was in the chat), but walk-on Alex Uribe will continue to handle kickoffs. Coach Randy Shannon said there will be changes, however, on the kickoff team and who goes down on coverage.

> SOUND CHECK: Check out all of the audio interviews from last week and this week on our UM audio page.

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kehoe everything you said is true except he won (2) 6a state titles.. 32-0 in high school.
with the best drive ive ever seen in a hs playoff game to keep the streak alive.(i also saw marves game winning drive against nease with teebow)fortson and spence made the stop on the 2 yard line for what would have been the td to put the game out of reach. then jacory drove the bulls 98 yards in under two minutes for the win. ive never seen him rattled.

jaxcanephin, his name is Jacory not jascory.
i wasnt talking to you, i was talking to mh,canesjunkie, and troy. but you want to be included in this sorry bunch..

and thanks for the dollar , i will spend on your mamma next time im in jax bch.

Peaks and Valleys! We have been on both. Like Peaks better and now we are getting out of the Valley we have been in for 6 years hopefully to be on the Peak for as many years. We are CANES! We have been there before anyone else in Florida and will be there again. Our people go to the NFL, to business, to the arts and do very well. They do not forget the U and give back money and time. We may not be the biggest school in Florida or the country, but we are one of the BEST. Our accomplished football players stay in touch with the current team, come back and coach and keep the UM flame burning. I'll bet that some of the retiring NFL people will be back as asst. coaches in the coming years just like Michael Barrow. That's what makes the U different and lets us get back up to the Peaks again whenever we go through a valley. I've seen them all, from the 40's to the present.
Lets forget about between Dorsey and last year. Lets just talk and focus on NOW, 2009.
Class of '57 &'60.
GO CANES!!!

Knock off shades and accessories do not cost much.

I KNOW THIS WILL LIKELY NOT HAPPEN.. BUT THOSE FANS THAT ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND FOOTBALL PHILOSOPHY PLEASE WATCH THE NEVADA BOWL GAME TOMORROW... THEIR OC SHOULD BE ON THE SHORT LIST FOR REPLACEMENT....

I POSTED THERE O STATS A FEW WEEKS BACK...(THEY RUN THE PISTOL OFFENSE) THEY ARE HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE AND IT COULD BE A HUGE BOOST FOR THE CANES..

Posted by: Herbal Minded aka HM | December 29, 2008 at 10:42 PM

Shhhhhhhsh...I think I hear F$U and Gayturds, laughing..

Posted by: M.H. | December 29, 2008 at 11:09 PM

this sets us back a year..

Posted by: M.H. | December 29, 2008 at 11:17 PM
more often than not...it's a setback, but GT could of had better, more experienced, talent...

Posted by: M.H. | December 29, 2008 at 11:38 PM

NEVADA OC Chris Klenakis.

NEEDS TO BE ON THAT SHORT LIST!!

Posted by: Herbal Minded aka HM | December 30, 2008 at 12:01

MH MH MH....yee of little faith

We keep getting the "is the U back" question too. No one seems to want to commit to that. Yes, we ARE back. That's not to say we're instant national champions, will not suffer losses, etc. It means that we are a valid opponent again and we're up to giving anyone quality competition. That's what being back is.

HURRICANES 41
BEARS 17

HARRIS MVP 5 TDS NO PICKS

CANES DEFENSE MATCHES PICKS FOR SEASON WITH 3.

Posted by: canethang | December 26, 2008 at 02:01 AM

canesjunkie,
you should be slapped. your a sellout. marve sucks and that isnt even debatable anymore. we gonna kick the shat out of cal.
canes 41
bears 17

Posted by: canethang | December 24, 2008 at 09:59 AM

IF HARRIS STARTS THE BOWL GAME WE WILL SCORE 40+ POINTS.
IF MARVE STARTS WE SCORE 17.
THATS MY PREDICTION.

Posted by: canethang | December 13, 2008 at 04:08 PM

they will score 40 on cal if harris starts

Posted by: canethang | December 12, 2008 at 02:39 PM

Canethang, like I said before, you don't know sh*t about sports. 40 points? 5 TDs? God, you're a f*cking idiot. Please stop watching sports, specifically the Canes, you f*cking delusional jack@ss.

Posted by: Canes | December 28, 2008 at 01:22 PM

yea i said those things canes, jacory played well for having limited capacity to throw the ball. i guess i was one game off.

whos the dummy

Don't be so sure about Jacory Harris. He lacks arm strength. He has a nice touch on the ball but no zip. This makes him amenable to interceptions on longer passes, in particular. His arm strength problem isn't merely because of a shoulder injury either. This is troubling, because arm strength can't be improved.

Smith is too small; Marve is too inconsistent (both on and off the field); and Jacoy really needs (at least) two more years to gain size and strength. Maybe, Cook needs a closer look?

Jacory can run the team OK. (He's better than Marve, for sure!) But it is unclear whether he can execute at a high level, like Toretta, Walsh, Testaverde, Kosar, Kelly, Dorsey, etc. In truth there are at least four other YOUNG ACC QBs who are better than Jacory Harris (or Robert Marve) at this point. This fact does not bode well for the future.

I hate to bust the "all we have to do is recruit in South Florida" bubble, or debunk the "Number One recruiting class" myth, but the truth of the matter is that teams like FSU, GT, VT, NC, (and NCST for heavens sake!) all seem to field better players on the field without the benefit of our hot-shot SoFla recruits.

Besides, lots of South Florida athletes will want to go to school away from home. Its human nature. And others can't meet UM's academic requirements. So, we need to have a wider recruiting net - that is, if we want to be ranked up there with the elite FB programs like USC, LSU, Ohio State, and (dare I say) Florida.

And for all you UM apologists who say that "UM MAKES great players . . . like Warren Sapp, etc." I have one simple question: Who have we developed lately? Orlando Franklin? Allen Bailey? Antonio Dixon? Lots of hype, plenty of hope, but, objectively, too little on-field excellence.

Let's face it. When our MVP is a KICKER (who can't reach the endzone on kickoffs), and our best graduating senior may not be drafted until the 5th round, if at all, the talent pool at UM is SEVERELY depleted.

So, here's my advice to CEO Shannon - forget your week of "self-appaisal" and HIT THE ROAD RECRUITING! If you don't know by now what needs changing and improving on this team, YOU have no right calling yourself a head coach. Tweaking an assistant here or a coordinator there won't do anything if we don't recruit some bigger, badder, and better players - especially linemen.

FSU defeats Wisconsin in a rout!
UF is playing for the NC.
UM is ousted in a minor Peanut Bowl.

This is NOT good.

Bye the way, how many UM fans actually travelled from Miami to SF to attend the bowl game? How many tickets did the UM athletic Department manage to sell? 100? 1000? I doubt it.

BOTTOM LINE: Something is wrong, seriously wrong, with this FB program. Pres. Sha-la-la, AD Whomever, and "Coach" Shannon . . . what are you going to do about it?


Posted by: nemo2002 | December 28, 2008 at 01:37 PM

nemo2002 ,

lack of arm ????

www.changefinssong.com

Fan's have a voice!!!!

This is the petition to change the Dolphins fight song back www.changefinssong.com

Lets get a million people to sign!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Support the movement!!!!!!!!!!!!

nemo are you serious!? my god youre delusional. or a complete moron. this teams clearly on their way back up. their 2008 class is loaded with south fla talent and theyre performing great on the field. theyre just young. hell they probably have 10 players who are possible future 1st round picks for their respective draft classes. theres a reason they call it "the state of miami". dont even compare our talent level with UNC GT VT FSU and NCST. its not even close. we're better by a mile our players are still young.

jacory has as strong an arm as sam bradford and im pretty sure he won the heisman. JaMarcus russell has a strong arm though. gee i wonder how his career is going...

Jacory Harris is greatness. He left me with my jaw dropped several times. I look forward to every Saturday to watch this kid play.

i said this last year jaxcanephin, so your momma should be free the next 2 times im out late night on phillips hwy up in duval.


MARVE-PASSING STATS- 1293 YARDS, 9 TD'S, 13 INT'S, 54% COMP. (107.19) PASSER RATING.
RUSHING STATS- 59 CARRIES-119 YARDS- 2 TD'S, 2.0 YPC.
6 WINS 5 LOSSES AS STARTER.

HARRIS PASSING STATS- 1001 YARDS, 10 TD'S, 6 INT'S. 61% COMP. (129.46)PASSER RATING
RUSHING STATS- 40 CARRIES-108 YARDS- 2 TD'S,
2.7 YPC.
1-0 AS A STARTER

MARVE RANKS LAST AMONG STARTING QBS IN THE ACC IN PASSING EFFICIENCY . HARRIS RANKS 2ND BEHIND WILSON WITH A (129.46)RATING.

Posted by: canethang | December 11, 2008 at 04:13 AM

WHAT IF HARRIS HAD 80 DRIVES AND MARVE ONLY HAD 40 DRIVES. WHAT WOULD HARRIS STATS BE? WHAT WOULD OUR RECORD BE? MARVE HAS TWICE AS MANY DRIVES ON THE SEASON AS HARRIS DOES. YET THE ONLY THING HE LEADS HIM IN IS INT'S AND SLIGHTY IN YARDS. I REALLY HOPE HE LEAVES , RANDY WILL LOOK LIKE A COACHING GENIUS NEXT YEAR WITH JACORY STARTING.

Posted by: canethang | December 11, 2008 at 04:19 AM

guess i did know this last year.

OL performance and RBs getting 5+ per carry opens up the passing game.

JH is making it shine.

To continued progress and good health team.

THIS MAY SOUND PRETENTIOUS, BUT MY WIFE IS A WITNESS. I EXPECTED "ICE" TO BE THIS GOOD AND BETTER AS HE BEGAN TO ALSO UTILIZE HIS LEGS AGAINST THOSE TEAMS WHO LOVE TO BLITZ. THIS YOUNG MAN CALLED HIS OWN PLAYS FOR TWO YEARS IN HIGH SCHOOL WHICH RESULTED IN TWO STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND ONE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE YEAR THEY WON THE NATIONAL TITLE THEY DEFEATED SOME OF THE BEST TEAMS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. "ICE" IS A GREAT QUARTEBACK WHO IS FINALLY GETTING THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISPLAY HIS TALENT. MAYBE EVENTUALLY HE WILL BE ALLOWED AT TIMES TO CALL SOME OF HIS OWN PLAYS. PSALMS 100

JaxCanesPhin,

You're and idiot. Anyone from Broward/Dade knew Jacory was this good. Look up what he did against Deerfield Beach 2 years ago with 1 minute left to play..99 yard drive Game winning touchdown. The kid has IT all. And he called all of his own plays in high school. I thank the lord everyday for the Northwestern Boys.

JaxCanePhin,

If you ever saw Jacory Harris play in high school then you would believe that he would be this good.
I have been watching him since his junior year at Northwestern, and the kid had it. Called his own plays that lead to 2 undefeated seasons in Class 6a, and a National Title. All the recruiting sites had him as a dual-threat QB. They obviously never seen him play, when they put that information in there that showed me that they don't really come out and watch these guys play. I believed he would be this good because I saw him first hand, those that didn't watch can't say that because they didn't know.

canesthang...you save your blogs from last year?

dude i've been right about a lot of things too, doesn't do anything for me (or anyone else) to come here and pull them out again.

if you're are obsessed with proving marve can't qb go out to indiana and tell what you think.

canesjunkie you missed the whole point/.
its not that i want to prove marve is not good,
i was reminding the dummies like you of all the times you talked down to me for thinking jacory was THE REAL DEAL...

doesnt matter now, your all on the JACORY bandwagon.. lets ride this thing to pasedena and stomp some gator tail.

uf sucks

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