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Morris likely to start; Jacory now underdog

Good morning.

Nothing is official.

Nothing has been announced.

But it sure seems like Stephen Morris will be getting his third career start Saturday against Va. Tech, definitely the biggest game of the season. Win this one and the Hurricanes will have their first three-game winning streak of the season, and will go into the regular-season finale at home against South Florida a truly improved football team (if only the Canes could have beaten Virginia, which has beaten only two FBS teams this season -- and you guys know one of them very well).

Yesterday afternoon, coach Randy Shannon said, as he has all along, that usual starter Jacory Harris' status will be based on what the UM medical staff decides. Shannon has not given any specifics on how and if Harris has progressed from the concussion he suffered Oct. 30 at Virginia.

You would assume he has progressed in two-plus weeks.

What Shannon did say, however, was that Harris' injury was "severe and serious.'' He said UM will take "baby steps because it's Jacory's well-being and not the University of Miami's football team's well-being.''

Shannon was asked if Jacory needed to practice Tuesday or Wednesday in order to play Saturday.

"If we started the game today,'' he said, "it's Stephen Morris as the quarterback. But Tuesday and Wednesday are a long way from now, and we'll address those things when those things come.''

The way the Hurricanes played Saturday, fans have to be feeling good today.  I just hope Jacory Harris stays strong mentally and emotionally, because this whole thing has to be throwing him for a loop. He's gone through the ringer physically, and I can only imagine how all this is playing out in his mind. He's a very nice kid, and I hope he comes back strong.

Stephen Morris? Very impressive. Love his demeanor on the field. Love his arm and poise. When he takes off on a run, he does it with certainty. Of course he hasn't been pounded to the ground (too much) yet. And yes, the Canes are running the ball so well recently that the quarterback benefits.

One thing is for certain: this should be a very interesting off-season, both in the spring and fall. I'm figuring that Shannon will put the position up for grabs. And you can bet that at the end of spring, Shannon won't announce a starter and will continue the competition through fall camp.

For the first time in his career since taking over the reins (post Marve), Jacory Harris appears to be the underdog.

Stay tuned.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"For the first time in his career since taking over the reins, Jacory Harris appears to be the underdog."

I am pretty sure he was the underdog versus Marve at the start.

BTW, the Gator Trolls sure went back into hiding, didn't they?

I agree Harris was the underdog when he went against Marve. It's easier to play with confidence when you're the backup behind a struggling starter. We'll see next year whether Morris can handle the pressure of an off-season of hype and expectations, which is what seems to have derailed JH this season.

But I have to tell you, it is wonderful to see Morris run, get hit, and bounce back up without the trainers running onto the field. And I think the reason we don't throw slants with JH as QB is because those passes have to be on a rope or the db's can jump them, and Harris can't do that. Against GT, Morris put a slant on a rope over a linebacker and between a corner and a safety, and all I could think was that the linebacker would still be running with it if JH had thrown it.

But two good games does not make a starter. If Morris plays well against VT, moves the ball and has no turnovers, then that will really be a statement because Foster is going to stop the run at all costs. Should be fun.

I can't see VT losing to UVA, so we likely won't be in the championship game, but we can finally end a season with some real momentum. Go Canes!

Competition is a good thing.

Forget about the spring. Let's beat VT.

I don't want to here about the 'Canes blowing them out this week. I'll take an '08-type win in a heartbeat.

man that UVA lost was CRUCIAL!!!!!!!!!

Truce Cane fans ?

Posted by: Curse Piggy, the obsessed Gator Troll with mother issues | November 14, 2010 at 07:27 AM

Oh, sure, ignore offers of a truce all season, making fun of people for daring to suggest a peaceful resolution, and now that your team has four losses and looks horrifying on the field, you SUDDENLY see the light?

Curse Piggy, Arty/Soldy, Sean Wilson, you have earned every BIT of retaliation you get.

It is a shame that Gator Clause has turned into a pit of despair, but the fault lies ENTRIELY with you and your three straight years of racist trolling, threatening to lynch our QB and head coach, and stealing the IDs of Canes fans that dared to disagree with you.

Your attempts at a truce now are too little, too late, and too pathetic.

Get lost, and go wallow in the pit you created for yourself.

this has nothing to do with hurricanes. the best hip hop emcee does not get played on the radio. The best emcee is Guru from Gangstarr. youre favorite rapper ruined everything for everyone. GURU even predicted this would come in MASS APPEAL

RIP
GURU. you will be missed

Morris starting would be a good thing! I also hope that Jacory dresses and can be available only if Morris gets hurt.

Boy this positive feeling about the Canes again is scarring me....this is when we seem to follow with the let down....lets try to motivate them:


Message to TEAM:
Please turn off all TVs, radios, computers this week (and yes really turn off your tweets and FB). No you are not ranked, you are not the highest ranked team in Florida, you are being dissed by media and polls, Herby won't pick you and he used to always pick U, you will be the underdog at home, VT just kicked your dog, you lost to UVA, FSU b*#tch slapped you, this week is supposed to be a W in your pattern of W and L, practice hard and be mean....its U against the world!

Please bring the GOOD team this week! (and also bring someone who can kick PATs)

of course that is not all true but this team needs motivation otherwise we could be let down again....

GATORS SUCK!!! 6-4 LMAO, Oh Timmy please come back

Canes 7-3

5>3

Morris is the future, please Randy no more J12!!

There is no QB controversy as far as Shannon and Whipple are concerned. This is being blown out of proportion by the media and fans.

'IF' Jacory is healthy he will start under the new Whipple approach and much improved offensive line. Should Jacory not play effectively Stephen will be immediately inserted.

This is a great problem to have and speaks to the super job Shannon and Whipple have done to recruit and coach these two great players...the media and 'SOME' fans are working hard to invent another way to attack Shannon.

Just curios. Could Jacory still receive a medical redshirt? Or are we way pass that?

The key thing is that Whipple has been forced to simplify the O and rely on the strength of the team which is the running game. The D is good enough to win (Best pass D in the country by far) so long as the O doesn't put them in bad situations.

I think they asked Jacory to do too much. If they would have begun the season calling plays like this JH may have been fine.

However, Morris clearly has the greater upside, and Harris continued make horrible decisions in unforced circumstances. After 23 or so starts, that's unacceptable.

In 1999, we had the established Kenny Kelly doing OK at QB, but he was inconsistent. Back-up true freshman Kenny Dorsey filled in admirably and won the job in the bowl game. He was simply the better fit for the team and the coaching staff made the tough decision. Kelly went packing to play pro baseball. The rest is history.

Sound familiar? Lets hope it does to this coaching staff.

No Andy, I can assure you Shannon will continue to start Morris even if Jacory is healthy, that would be stupid to give up the hot hand. Let's be real, alot of the losses over the past couple of years have been because of Jacory's turnovers. Stephen Morris has the mental toughness to take over for good.

Morris has the hot hand, he should start the rest of the way.

Virginia not only has beaten only 1 FBS team but they only have beaten one ACC team!

actually virginia has beat two FBS teams...eastern michigan is an fbs team, albeit a shitty one

Oops. Thanks Ohio Cane. I will change that now.

Lets see if they come out flat against VT, since they know its unlikely VT will lose to VA. Cant believe they lost to VA. Would have never lost if morris came in before wipple. Thats been the story of the canes since Randys beend the coach. If they beat VT, that would be two years in a row the canes beat the ACC champion and dont get to play in the game. Cant take care of business when they need to and it will happen next year.

Bench JSKINNY.. lets keep Moving forward with MORRIS...This position needs to be given to the most talented of the 2.. right now morris has proved he can handle the job better than JSKINNY.... If he wins three in a row against VT, he is the man for the JOB.. JSKINNY U SUCK.. sit ur A...* and quit given morris advise.. he does not need to hear your S...U had ur chance now let others lead us to the promise land

Shannon gets attacked because he's not going to win the ACC. This wouldn't be an issue if he knew how to coach.

YUP ur right.. FIRE RANDY SHANNON.... he is giving the canes a bad name in college football..Future recruits dont come to the U until shannon is gone... he will bench u until u kiss his A*.. and will play favorites...

Dont go to the games until RANDY SHANNON IS FIRED.. do not support a coach who is a complete fraud....NO ACC championship after 4 years? HE IS ALWAS FULL OF EXCUSES... lets run RANDY out of the U and put a coach that can deliver us a national title

Morris is doing a great job of managing the game. This is what the U needs in MOST of their games because of the superior talent in all other positions. Let's face it, we have outstanding running backs, solid receivers, and a hungry O-line; our crutch = the QB play we saw in the first half of the season.

Now, I did say MOST. This VT team will probably stop the run. If not, die trying. This means we will need to rely on DEFENSE and some clutch QB play. I am hoping we see Morris expand his game this week. He's done really well within the confines of this simplified offense (70%+ run), but in order to beat VTech Whipple will need to open it up just a bit.

On the other hand, I hate to say this but I don't think we can win with Jacory at QB this week. Two weeks off + weak arm & good DBs = BAD BAD game..

Duke dropped 55 points on the same Virginia team we lost to.

We need A NEW COACH!!!!!

To Mep: Do you remember Dorsey's first gane vs VT? It was ugly!!!!!!

Also, if I remember correctly, KK left to play baseball which is how Dorsey took over. I rmemeber us beating GT in the bowl game that year.

Bench JSKINNY.. lets keep Moving forward with MORRIS...This position needs to be given to the most talented of the 2.. right now morris has proved he can handle the job better than JSKINNY.... If he wins three in a row against VT, he is the man for the JOB.. JSKINNY U SUCK.. sit ur A...* and quit given morris advise.. he does not need to hear your S...U had ur chance now let others lead us to the promise land

Posted by: J smooth | November 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM
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I must say---I am always impressed w/internet tough guys! How about yourself? Why don't you go tell coach & JH12 how you feel.

OK, a couple of things. Did Duke really score that many points? And, I agree, inserting J12 right now is damaging. He's not ready; coming off a major injury. His track record in games like this is NOT good.

Morris can DO this.

I ask U: What would Jimmy Johnson do in situation like this? And linebackers will win the VT game.

202cane-not sure I agree with your history.

KK left for baseball because Dorsey won the job. Dorsey won the last 3 games as starter. Then Kelly stunk in the 1st half of the bowl game and Dorsey came in the second half and won the game and the job. He knew he was being replaced so he chose baseball.

As for his first VT game, I believe Dorsey's first start was in 2000 against M. Vick and we smoked the Hokies in the OB. As I recall, he went into the game in 99 (as a true frosh) in the 4th qtr after Kelly already made a mess of things.

The Gods are sending us a sign. We need to pay attention.

J smooth. They need to fire the teachers who taught you how to spell. And kill the parents who had you.

I'm thinking it's a related in that the INTS and turnovers dragged the team's attitude down and gave the defense little to hope for. I'm hoping there is a bounce in the step with Morris in that there is some hope that the O can and will execute. With J12 you just kept waiting for the day when it all clicked but it never seemed to come. Always more of the same.

J doosh and caneflunkie are on meltdown because the real team they root for is a train wreck. Are there two bigger losers on these message boards?

Well...stupidity is back in full bloom on this board.

The J-Smooth alias is clearly the gator moron Sean. You gator fools should be concerned about that nitwit, high school coach, Urban Meyer rotating 3 QB's in and out of the game before you comment on who should be starting for the Canes...the best team in the state of Florida. By the way, how are all of those 5 star recruits doing for ya? Gimme some more cowbell!!!

Thankfully we have a head coach in Randy Shannon who knows what the current players and recruits think and the long-term damage it could cause the program by having a player at any position lose their job due to injury.

Clearly, Whipple believes that Jacory is the best QB or Morris would have been the starter after the Ohio State game.

Had Whipple and the offensive line performed earlier in the season as they are now our win/loss record would be much improved and Jacory would be in the national discussion as the best QB in the country.

The bottom-line if Jacory is healthy he starts, but should he not be getting the job done we have the luxury of bringing in Morris.

PS: A true freshmen going up against a VT Bud Foster defense is world's apart as to what Stephen has encountered since becoming a starter...thankfully Shannon and Whipple get this when the sports writers/fans/critics sitting in the cheap seats appear to be clueless to this fact.


Duke dropped 55 points on the same Virginia team we lost to.

We need A NEW COACH!!!!!

Posted by: Canesjunkie

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So now you want Whipple fired? Do you even know what you are saying with your posts?

We Canes (not you clowns) just had a great win and the haters are back at it. Trust me ladies and gentlemen the haters will be attacking Morris the instant he has a bad game calling him names and demanding he be replaced.

Had Whipple and the offensive line performed earlier in the season as they are now our win/loss record would be much improved and Jacory would be in the national discussion as the best QB in the country.
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LOL!!! Yeah Jacory is much better than Cam Newton, right.

We just played some of the worst teams in the ACC. You really think it's because the offensive line is now playing well now.

So Whipple should call the same plays for a 2 year starter than he does for a true freshman?
Are you saying Jacory is a little slow?

Posted by: Andy Gustafson

Randy Shannon is responsible for the team, not Mark Whipple. As crazy as that seems, it's true.

All you kool aid drinkers need to remember there's only one verdict on shannon...ACC Championship. You can't defend him if he doesn't win one of those.

What a bunch of LOSERS on this post....

Only true CANES fans stick with their team through the downs as well as the ups....the rest of you immature pimples please complain somewhere else....

GO CANES

FIRE RANDY SHANNON.....people wake up... this is not about the gators.. this is about the U.. i have said it bfore and i will say it again.. F...* the Gayturds.... Randy shannon is sinking this team and u all think is ok? the U should be on the top 10 not top 25...GO CANES JNOODLE ..U SUCK AND YES I have said it 2 there face...

I have a lot of respect for Jacory. He seems like a genuinely nice kid and he plays with a lot of heart, but I think it's obvious that Stephen Morris has shown in his limited playing time some serious quarterbacking skills that have been lacking the past couple years out of Jacory.

For starters, Jacory has average arm strength at best, and that results in passes that float and die in mid-air, leading to increased interceptions and turnovers. In addition, I don't know if it's because his confidence has taken a hit given all the scrutiny he's received this season, but his decision making has been extremely questionable.

On the other hand, Stephen Morris plays with authority. He's made all that right reads so far, and when he decides to fling it, the ball zips out his hand with serious velocity, thus giving the receivers a chance to catch it and turn and run. Too often with Jacory, the ball would take forever in getting to them and they had no opportunity to use their athleticism to make YAC. Also, Morris has a bigger build, so he's presumably capable of taking more of a beating than Jacory can.

Again, I respect Jacory Harris and no one should ever question his heart or commitment to winning, but at the moment Stephen Morris is much better equipped to handle the offense than Jacory. I'm not saying Jacory can't win the starting job back in spring or fall practice next season, but for now let's see what Stephen Morris can do.

Coward.

MORRIS is he best of the 2.. lets keep him in and run JNOODLE out of town... he is to scare to get out of the pocket and run.. thats why he got his A...* slammed on the ground

Jacory is a good kid, but it's all about winning games @ the "U". If Shannon has an I.Q. above 90, he needs to start Morris until Morris shows he's not up to the task.

This reminds me of how Tom Brady of the Pats came in when Drew Bledsoe got hurt & we never saw Bledsoe again (again for that one game when Brady got nicked up a bit). This is how stars are born.

Posted by: J smooth | November 15, 2010 at 01:21 PM

You are a MORON.......

Posted by: Canesjunkie | November 15, 2010 at 01:04 PM

Did you even watch the game this time flunkie?


Posted by: Andy Gustafson

Randy Shannon is responsible for the team, not Mark Whipple. As crazy as that seems, it's true.

Posted by: Canesjunkie

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Okay! Let's go down that path...Your logic means the arguement that Whipple should get credit for Morris attending the "U" as some claim is faulty and Randy Should get all of the credit...I can live with that.

Of course now you are belittling the offensvive line claiming they haven't played against any real competition. Just like I said before...we can time it with an egg timer before you and your hate crowd will be attacking Morris.

From the Sun Sentinel:

In Harris’ two starts before the Virginia game – at Duke and then home vs. UNC – the ‘Canes ran the ball 86 times and Harris threw 66 passes.

Harris’ statistics: 38-for-66 (57.5 percent) for 441 yards, 4 TD and 0 INT.

In Stephen Morris’ two starts, the ‘Canes have run the ball nearly twice as much as they’ve passed: 95 to 48.

Morris’ statistics: 28-for-48 (58.3 percent) for 516 yards, 2 TD and 2 INT.

The stat you are not reading is the running game was ineffective against Duke and Virginia and that put Jacory in must pass situations. Also Whipple has changed his philosophy regarding the type of pass plays he's calling since Jacory was injured. The running game now being effective after Jacory's injury has not allowed opposing defenses to load up against our passing game, thus forcing the linebackers to not cheat into the passing lanes...a luxury Jacory has never enjoyed while at the "U".

Jacory was constantly put into obvious passing situations that created a huge disadvantage for him and his receivers.

guys...stop defending shannon. This is another failed season(like usual) and you all are accepting it. Wake up and stop talkin bout da gators too. cause they play in a way tougher conference then miami.
Now imo morris should start. DAT BOI GOT AN ARM!!! And Lamar Miller is the best back we've had in years. Did yall see storm johnson take advantage of his only carry lol?!!!


LOL!!! Yeah Jacory is much better than Cam Newton, right.

We just played some of the worst teams in the ACC. You really think it's because the offensive line is now playing well now.

So Whipple should call the same plays for a 2 year starter than he does for a true freshman?
Are you saying Jacory is a little slow?

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No! I am saying 'YOU' are a 'LOT' slow!!!

Posted by: Andy Gustafson

You need me to tell you we don't play well against real competition? Were you at the FSU game? We scored 10 points against OSU's defense, the other 14 were special teams.

Yes, if Morris was throwing interceptions all over the field in his junior year, after playing 2 years in the same offense, after several stupid Tweets, I probably would jump all over Morris.

Right now, he's a freshman. I don't care if he throws 5 int's, in fact I expect it at some point.

Posted by: He was to busy getting liquored up for the gator melt down

Yes, I saw the game. Did you?

Did you watch the Florida game? It seems to be all you write about.

The fact that Florida s*cks doesn't make Miami any better.

Posted by: season's been over

I agree....who cares about Florida. When did...well Urban Meyer is terrible become the best way to defend Randy Shannon.

Oh yeah...when we lost to Virginia and ruined our season.

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