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Randy Shannon defends Jacory Harris' OSU game

Posted on: September 15, 2010 2:26 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 2:29 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

A lot of criticism fell on Miami's Jacory Harris following the 36-24 loss to Ohio State in Columbus on Saturday.  He has been called out for some bad decision making, forcing throws, and poor communication with his receivers.  The stat line does not help him out either, completing just 22 of 39 passes for 232 yards and throwing four interceptions.  All the interceptions seemed to come at the wrong time, as Ohio State pulled away in the second and third quarters by capitalizing on Miami mistakes.

But Hurricanes head coach Randy Shannon did not see the game the same way, and has been defending Harris all week.  It began in his postgame comments to the media.  

"Two of [the interceptions] the receivers ran the wrong route," Shannon said. "But, still, if the receiver runs the wrong route then throw the ball out of bounds."

Shannon continued his support of his starting quarterback WQAM 560's Hurricane Hotline on Tuesday night, taking a closer look at Harris' statistics.

Shannon said three of the interceptions were off ``tipped balls and routes not run the right way.''

Added Shannon: ``When you evaluate tape you always have to make sure everyone is on the same page. Looking at that, we had nine drops -- tight ends, running backs and receivers. And Jacory was [22] of 39, and if you add nine more catches which should have been catches, now he has [31] of 39, which would have been a tremendous day for him.''


Perhaps Shannon has been especially vocal this week to express support for his players with the announcement that players can no longer express themselves through the use of Twitter.  This is a devastating blow to those of us in the blogging community who have yearned to continue to get closer looks at interesting details such as Jacory Harris' call attire.

But Harris did not go away silently, the junior quarterback offered a four-tweet sign off before going dark in which a) thanked all the "true" fans, b) apologized for the OSU game, c) acknowledged the bandwagon fans, d) told those bandwagon fans not to come back.  His page no longer exists, but at least we have the permanent record here of our favorite Jacory tweet

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