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Harris will get a fresh start with the new staff

Posted on: January 27, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 4:52 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Jacory Harris has been a polarizing figure for Hurricanes fans since his breakout as a freshman splitting time with Robert Marve. When he's playing well, he looks like one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC. He has even been put on several Heisman watch lists at different times throughout his career. Then come the arm-punts.

Harris has failed to string together a consistent streak of mistake-free games through his three years in Coral Gables. After missing three games with a concussion in 2010, Hurricanes fans saw a glimpse of the post-Jacory era with freshman quarterback Stephen Morris. Harris was beyond frustrating this past season, throwing at least one interception in 8 of his 10 appearances. He totaled 15 interceptions on the season, which look even worse compared with only 14 touchdowns.

But there is a new regime at Miami under head coach Al Golden, and a fresh chance for Harris to reclaim the starting position for his senior year. New offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch recently addressed the quarterback situation in a recent radio interview on WQAM 560.

“If [Jacory] has what we’re looking for in a quarterback, he can have a great year, and Stephen the same,” Fisch said, “They both have an opportunity to do something special. What I can’t wait for is to be a part of that with them, to help them along, not hold anything back and not hold anything against them for what they’ve done in the past.”

Fisch was the quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks in 2010, and was offensive coordinator for Minnesota in 2009. He plans to institute a pro-style offense, asking the quarterbacks to be "the point guard" of the offense; delivering the ball to the different playmakers on the field. He has already addressed the nation-leading 27 interceptions in 2010, a number that Fisch says he wants to "at least cut in half."

If cutting down interceptions is a main focus, it could be tough for Harris to win the starting position outright. Unless he has overcome his knack for giving the ball to the other team, in which case this "clean slate" is the best thing that could happen for his career.

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 9:42 am
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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2011 11:09 pm

Harris will get a fresh start with the new staff

Blame Florida State - the "legend" of Jacory Harris was largely built on his big games against what were some of FSU's worst defenses in ages. Due to the old idea of "putting them up there by their old reputation" (which explains why for so many years FSU got a pre-season ranking when they didn't deserve it) Harris was given the treatment of being a star in the making. Then it was discovered that FSU's defenses those years were terrible and Harris really wasn't that good.

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:41 pm

Harris will get a fresh start with the new staff

God Help Us. I was so glad that Shannon is gone and now we hear this. Jacory is a bust and needs to be treated like one, he is not the answer for the canes. He never was the answer for the canes. They have had terrible luck since Dorsey graduated and it is a shame because their recruits, Harris,Morris,Marve,Berlin have all been highly touted coming out of high school. Hopefully we can have some luck and find a wise decision maker that can get the ball to the playmakers that miami will always have,

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