Posted by Tom Fornelli
Stephen Morris had a pretty good day for Miami as he filled in for the concussed Jacory Harris against Maryland on Saturday. The freshman threw for 286 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions, so it's not like the kid was amazing. Still, I guess some Miami fans saw the two interceptions and thought "that's less than Jacory usually throws" because apparently some people started making noise that Morris should become the full-time starter, even when Harris returns.
Which Randy Shannon then put to bed with his icy stare, while his eyes transmitted this message.
"If [Jacory]'s cleared and doing all the things, then, yes, he'll be the starter,'' Shannon told The Miami Herald, which on Sunday featured a picture of Morris on the front page with the headline "A New Hero." "You don't lose your job because of one game. That's going to be the next question this week, huh -- quarterback controversy. You are all going to make it worse than what it is.
"I will not know until the medical staff tells me. Until the medical staff clears him, Jacory will be out. If the medical staff never clears him, Jacory will not play.
"I can't say he's going to play this week, next week or the week after. It's up to the medical staff. So, when he's cleared to go, then I can let you guys know.''
Which only makes sense for Miami. Morris had a nice game, yes, but he didn't do anything to take the job away from Harris. He still threw those two interceptions. I know Harris hasn't lived up to the Heisman candidate hype he was getting before the season, but that hype was placed on him by the same people now wondering if he should lose his job. He's still the same quarterback he's always been.