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Posted on: November 6, 2010 5:27 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2010 5:35 pm
 

Stephen Morris matures with comeback victory

Posted by Chip Patterson

After falling out of the polls for the first time all season, and without Jacory Harris to help lead the offense, Miami looked to the quarterback of the future in freshman Stephen Morris.  Morris played well in the fourth quarter against Virginia, but the three touchdown drives were not enough to overcome the deficit in Charlottesville.  With 3:06 remaining and the Hurricanes down 20-18 to Maryland, head coach Randy Shannon sent the freshman out with the daunting task of driving the length of the field for the win. 

Morris delivered the type of performance that launches a career, orchestrating a 7 play, 82 yard drive that finished with a 35 yard touchdown toss to Leonard Hankerson to put the Canes up for good with 37 seconds remaining.  Morris completed 18 of 30 passes on the day for 286 yards, but threw two interceptions.  The good outweighed the bad in the end, with Morris' only touchdown coming on the final play of that winning drive.    

"Great throw, great catch.  I'll take that," said Shannon after the game.  The 26-20 victory keeps Miami alive in the Coastal Division race, though they will need victories over Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech (and some help) in order to win the division with two losses.  The victory also makes Miami bowl eligible for the third season in a row.

"I'll take that." Sounds exactly like the kind of reaction that Shannon would have after a spectacular performance by your fourth-string quarterbacks.  A hard, emotionless response.  One that certainly was delivered with a side of RANDY SHANNON FACE.

  


Posted on: November 3, 2010 6:03 pm
 

Miami won't have Damien Berry either

Posted by Tom Fornelli

So when you've already made the announcement that you'll be starting a freshman at quarterback in this week's game thanks to the concussion suffered by your starter, odds are that you're going to want to lean a bit more on your ground game.  Which is probably what Randy Shannon had been hoping to do to help out Stephen Morris against Maryland when he fills in for Jacory Harris. 

Which is a pretty solid plan to have, if it weren't for one small problem.  That running back you were hoping to lean on a bit more this week?  Well, he can't play either.  After practice on Wednesday Shannon said that Damien Berry will miss this week's game as well, saying that he's been banged up for the last few weeks.

“You  just can’t keep going and going and going. It gets tough on him,” Shannon said. “We’re not going to make it get worse than what he is when he’s already kind of nicked up. We’ve got backs right now, so the numbers are OK.”

The 'Canes do have other backs, and Lamar Miller and Mike James will have to team up to account for Berry's absence.  Berry had a bad game against Virginia, but had rushed for 100 yards in Miami's previous four games, and leads the team with 690 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Posted on: November 3, 2010 12:36 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 12:37 pm
 

Randy Shannon doubts Jacory will play this week

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well, it's another day of the week, which means it's time for your daily update on Miami quarterback Jacory Harris.

Harris got knocked out of the Hurricanes' loss to Virginia last week -- and if you haven't seen the hit, feel free to check it out -- and freshman Stephen Morris was taking snaps with the first team in practice this week.  Still, the possibility of Harris returning to play against Maryland hasn't been completely ruled out.

On Wednesday Randy Shannon said that Morris will start, as Harris was held out of practice again, but he could play if he's able to return to practice on Thursday.  Though Shannon doesn't seem too confident that's what will happen.

Shannon said that he "doubts [Harris] plays this week" and that there's a 75% chance that he won't. 

Which means that Morris will be making his first career start against a Maryland team that has played surprisingly well so far this season.  Though, to be fair, the Terps are 3-1 in the conference with those wins coming against Duke, Boston College and Wake Forest.

Not exactly the best the ACC has to offer.  Though, considering how poorly the Hurricanes played last week after Harris left the game, this trip to Miami may not be that much tougher.

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: November 1, 2010 12:01 pm
 

Jacory Harris' status up in the air

Posted by Tom Fornelli



Seriously, seeing that hit again leaves me feeling woozy.  Jacory Harris suffered a concussion on Saturday on that very play, which leaves his status for this week a bit up in the air.  Obviously, my philosophy -- one I've stated here around 5,000 times already -- with concussions is that any player who suffers one should sit out at least a week, maybe more depending on the severity.  Unfortunately, I don't have any actual say in the matter, and even if I did, I'd be too scared to tell Randy Shannon because Randy Shannon could beat me up.

Still, considering how the hit looked, I think it's more than likely that Harris will be not be starting for Miami when it takes on Maryland this weekend.  As for whether or not he'll miss any more time than that, Shannon isn't sure.

"Too early to tell," Shannon told the Miami Herald. "Our medical staff does such a wonderful job evaluating the whole big picture. It wasn't, `Let's check his head.' They did a thorough exam of everything: neck, head, shoulder, back, hip, arms -- everything. Anytime you have a hit like that, safety is the most important thing.''

Shannon went on to say that if Harris can't play this weekend, Stephen Morris will get the start in his place. Morris replaced Spencer Whipple on Saturday after Whipple struggled in place of Harris.  Shannon also said that should Morris have to start against Maryland, he'll be working with a stripped-down playbook.

 
 
 
 
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