Posted by Chip Patterson
With Saturday's 35-10 victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Miami was able to keep their ACC Championship dreams alive. But with Virginia Tech taking care of business in Chapel Hill just hours later, this week's matchup against the Hokies has become a must-win for the Hurricanes. With the heightened status of the Coastal Division showdown in Coral Gables, the biggest question out of Miami has to do with the starting quarterback situation. Jacory Harris has not played since suffering a concussion during the first half of Miami's 24-19 loss to Virginia on October 30. Freshman Stephen Morris has performed admirably in Harris' absence, throwing for 516 yards and two touchdowns in the last two victories. Some have suggested that head coach Randy Shannon should let Morris keep the job, regardless of Harris' health. Shannon has stuck by his starter, but it looks like he may not have any other choice for Saturday's game.
In his teleconference on Sunday evening, Shannon called Harris' head injury "something that's severe and serious'' and added that the Miami training staff would not rush the recovery process. Shannon said that in Harris' best interest, they would be taking "baby steps" bringing him back to the field. Since the Virginia Tech game is five days away and he has yet to see any time back in pads, all signs seem to point to Morris being under center against the Hokies.