Tag:Jacory Harris Concussion
Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:59 am
Edited on: December 30, 2010 1:04 pm

UPDATE: Jacory Harris named starter for Sun Bowl

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE - Interim coach Jeff Stoutland announced at a joint press conference on Thursday that Jacory Harris would be the starting quarterback against Notre Dame.  He did also say that if Stephen Morris is needed, "he'll be available."  The situation sounds like a flip-flop of the South Florida game, with Morris starting and Harris "available."  We saw two quarterbacks against the Bulls, so it could happen again in the Sun Bowl. 


As Miami prepares to try and put an end to a tumultuous season in the Sun Bowl against Notre Dame on Friday, it seems fitting that on Thursday morning the quarterback situation is still not resolved.  Jacory Harris is expected to get the start, filling in for injured quarterback Stephen Morris.  Morris, who won the job after filling in for the injured Harris earlier in the season, sprained his ankle in Tuesday's practice.  Harris has been practicing with the first team, but interim coach Jeff Stoutland says that Morris has not been ruled out yet.

"He's way better than we thought he would be,'' Stoutland said after practice on Wednesday. "After I left you guys yesterday and I checked on him, I thought it was going to be, you know I didn't expect [him to be that much improved."

Harris has not started a game since October 30, when he sustained a concussion against Virginia that put him out for nearly a month.  When Harris was cleared to play by doctors, former head coach Randy Shannon kept Morris in the starting position.  Harris did get to see the field in the regular season finale against South Florida, but even leading Miami to 20 second half points wasn't enough to squeak out the victory in the 23-20 overtime loss.  Harris was mostly efficient in the outing, completing 12 of 18 passes for 118 yards.  But it was a costly interception (his 12th in nine games of action) that reminded many Hurricanes fans the frustrations of having Harris under center.  

The decision on the starting quarterback is expected to come on Thursday.  After another day of rest, the staff will make a determination on Morris' status.  Despite his apparent loyaly towards Morris, Stoutland still is confident in Harris should he be the starter.  He made a point to compliment Harris' preparation for the game, saying he is "on his 'A' game right now mentally."

Notre Dame has seen some great offenses this season.  Regardless of who is under center, the necessity to limit the mistakes will still hold utmost importance for the Hurricanes success.


Posted on: November 20, 2010 5:10 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2010 5:11 pm

Harris dressed, but Morris starts for Miami

Posted by Chip Patterson

Jacory Harris was listed as questionable on the Miami injury report coming into Saturday's matchup with Virginia Tech, still recovering from the concussion suffered against Virginia .  At gametime, Harris is in pads on the sideline, but freshman quarterback Stephen Morris has continued to be the man under center.  Harris has been active on the sideline, constantly communicating with Morris and offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.  He has been cleared to play by team doctors, but there has been little indication that he will see the field against the Hokies.

Jorge Milian of the Palm Beach Post is guessing that Morris will also be the starter for the Hurricanes season finale against USF, with Harris returning for the bowl game.  Morris' performance in the first half against the Hokies has been decent, completing 12 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown - though he has fumbled one snap.  With the score knotted at 10, the Hurricanes are keeping their ACC Championship Game chances alive...barely.
Posted on: November 15, 2010 1:19 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 1:51 pm

Shannon: Harris' injury 'serious and severe'

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.  
Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:52 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2010 12:58 pm

Shannon: Morris taking first-team snaps

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Miami quarterback Jacory Harris left Saturday's matchup with Virginia with a concussion due to a MONSTROUS hit from Cavalier defensive tackle John-Kevin Dolce, the Hurricanes began spinning the quarterback carousel.  First came second string quarterback Spencer Whipple, son of offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.  After throwing two interceptions in his first six attempts, Whipple found a spot right back on the sideline next to his father.  Next in for the Hurricanes was fourth-string freshman Stephen Morris.  After three scoreless quarters, Morris was able to lead Miami to 19 fourth quarter points and nearly overcame the 24-0 deficit in the losing effort for the Hurricanes.  Morris connected on 9 of 22 passes for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while and picking up a 9 yard touchdown run of his own.

With Harris' status for Saturday's game against Maryland up in the air, Hurricanes head coach Randy Shannon already has Morris taking snaps with the first-team offense in practice this week.  Shannon has yet to name a starter, as doctors continue to monitor Harris' condition after the concussion.  Shannon said that Jacory wants to play, but the fourth-year head coach said the decision will be made based on what's best for Harris' well being.  Morris did show flashes of big-play potential in the fourth quarter of the Virginia game, but he also threw two interceptions.  Some Hurricanes fans were surprised to see Morris come off the bench ahead of A.J. Highsmith (son of famous Miami running back Alonzo Highsmith), but Shannon revealed to WQAM on Tuesday that he would "probably be redshirted" due to a wrist injury.  Highsmith is also expected to switch to defensive back in the spring.
Posted on: October 30, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 1:56 pm

Jacory Harris leaves game after brutal hit

Posted by Chip Patterson

Miami quarterback Jacory Harris threw an interception near the beginning of the second quarter against Virginia.  That is not news.

But as he let the ball go, Harris took a DEVASTATING hit from Virginia defensive tackle John-Kevin Dolce.  Harris has been known to hang in the pocket, and it is often considered one of his strengths as a passer.  But with his eyes downfield and arm extended, Harris had no time to prepare for Dolce's brutal hit.  He laid on the ground, surrounded by the entire Miami training staff and both head coaches before walking off the field with some assistance. No word yet on his return, but judging by the hit and his woozy reaction, I'm guessing they are not going to trot a Zombie Jacory back on the field before conducting some tests.

[UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: Harris will not return to the game, and judging by the video of the hit, it's pretty easy to see why.]

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