Tag:Jacory Harris
Posted on: October 29, 2010 3:22 pm
 

The Saturday Meal Plan: Week 9

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet.  Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Sunday in the bathroom.

Doctors have long said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but these doctors obviously didn't have the Saturday Meal Plan in mind when they came up with that load of poop.  I mean, the morning slate has been pretty light all season, but this week?  Wow, it's barren.  I wouldn't normally ever say this, but if there was ever a Saturday morning to get all those chores around the house done that you've been putting off, this would be it.  Besides, you're going to need some room in your stomach to eat all the candy you decide to keep from the trick or treaters on Sunday.

Still, if you insist on it, here are your options.

Breakfast

Main Course - Cincinnati vs. Syracuse - Noon - ESPNU

See?  I told you.  I wouldn't normally recommend the Big East to anybody, but this really is the most important game on Saturday morning.  Syracuse has been one of the bigger surprises of the season, and if you ever want to check them out without sacrificing better games, than this week is your best chance to do so.

Both the 'Cuse and Cincinnati are still very much alive in the Big East race, and the conference does still get that automatic BCS berth, so I guess that makes this game worth your time. 

Side Orders: I suppose that when Jacory Harris is playing quarterback for Miami there's always a chance that the Hurricanes could be upset, so I guess that's reason enough to tune into Miami and Virginia on Saturday morning.  Or you could go with Illinois and Purdue!   Oh how exciting that will be!  Though, truth be told, Illinois is one of those teams that may be a lot better than is record indicates.  I would have made Kansas State and Oklahoma State the main course, but since it's not being televised nationally, I just couldn't.  Still, if it's on in your area, I suggest finding it.

Lunch

Main Course - #14 Nebraska vs. #7 Missouri - 3:30pm - ABC

Unfortunately, the two biggest games of the day will be played at the same time on Saturday afternoon.  It was tough to choose between the two for the main course, but since the winner of this one is basically a lock to win the Big 12 North, I chose this.

Missouri jumped out last weekend and showed the country that they are, in fact, a legit undefeated team by knocking off Oklahoma, but this game may be even tougher.  It's one thing to defend your home turf, it's another to go into a hostile environment and take down a strong Nebraska team.

Well, unless your Texas, but the Longhorns are stuck in some kind of bizarro dimension this season.

If the Tigers can win in Lincoln, then barring something crazy, they'll continue climbing the BCS rankings and reach the Big 12 title game undefeated with the conference and possibly a shot at the national title on the line.

Side Orders: Of course, if the Big Ten is more your thing, then you can't go wrong with Michigan State and Iowa.   This game is the last true roadblock between the Spartans and an undefeated season, as they don't have to face Ohio State this season.  Also, while the Hawkeyes lost last week, they're still in the hunt for the Big Ten title as well, but a loss in this game would wipe away all hopes.  Or maybe you'd prefer Georgia and Florida.   The game doesn't have the normal hype considering neither team is ranked right now, but whoever wins this game has a good shot to win the SEC East.  The loser is just about done.

Dinner

Main Course - #24 USC vs. #1 Oregon

This is your best option on a Saturday night that is a little light compared to the last few weeks, but anytime you get a chance to watch Oregon play, you should take advantage of it.  This team is just fun, and considering the amount of smack that has gone back and forth between the Ducks and Trojans this week, it's that much better.

If the Ducks annihilate USC on Saturday night, they also have a chance to impress those computers and jump Auburn in the BCS rankings.   Also, since USC isn't allowed to go bowling this season, or win the Pac-10, they don't have much left to play for aside from possibly knocking the Ducks out of the title game.

Side Orders: ABC's other prime-time game this weekend is Ohio State and Minnesota.   Seriously, the only thing I have to say about that game is pray you get Oregon and USC in your area.  If you don't, flip on over to Ole Miss and Auburn because watching Cam Newton run over dudes is always a good time.  There's also Washington and Stanford, or you can check out Penn State and Michigan.   In other words, there's nothing fantastic, but there is plenty of quality on Saturday night.

Late Night Snack


Odds are that it won't be televised in your area, but if it is, take some time out to watch TCU and UNLV.   Believe me when I say that TCU is just as good as Boise State or any of the other undefeated teams in college football these days, they just don't get as much national television exposure.  So, if you can, do yourself a favor and find this one.  It might just change your mind about who should be playing for a national title, and who shouldn't be.
Posted on: October 22, 2010 4:15 pm
 

Fornelli's Insane Predictions: Week 8

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the 1995 title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that  South Carolina would fail to score a point in the second half against Kentucky a week after knocking off the Tide? Nobody... until now. We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week . Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever.

Highly Unlikely

The Tennessee Volunteers shock the world when they pull off an upset of the Alabama Crimson Tide in Knoxville on Saturday night.  In his first start, Tyler Bray has far from an outstanding day, throwing for only 78 yards and a touchdown, but the Alabama offense can't stop tripping over its own feet.  Greg McElroy fumbles three times, and throws four interceptions.  To make matters worse, McElroy, Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Julio Jones all have to leave the game with devastating knee injuries.  After the game a shocked Nick Saban points out that "they just don't make ligaments like they used to."

Severly Unlikely

It's halftime in Miami, and the North Carolina Tar Heels look to be en route to a huge win against the Hurricanes.  They have a 24-0 lead thanks to four first half interceptions by Jacory Harris, and spirits in the locker room are high.  Then a phone rings.  Butch Davis answers it to be told that the NCAA has just suspended everybody on his team, and that he'll have to forfeit the game.  Instead Davis recruits the North Carolina band to fill in for his team, and amazingly, they hold on to win the game 27-23.  Three weeks later the loss is vacated when it's discovered that the tuba player accepted money from the New York Philharmonic.

Completely Ludicrous

Following Iowa 's narrow 27-24 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday, the two teams meet on the field to shake hands.  Bret Bielema goes out of his way to find Ricky Stanzi and congratulate him on his three-touchdown game.  Upon finding Stanzi, the quarterback tells Bielema, "Thanks.  That's how real Americans play the game."  This infuriates Bielema, who views his brand of pounding large young men into the trenches until they drop dead to be the real American football.  The two begin fighting, and have to be separated.  Though after the dustup, still feeling patriotic, Stanzi pulls the American flag out from under his jersey -- next to his heart, of course -- and puts it on a sharpened flag pole he keeps in his sock.  He then hurls the flag forty yards through the air like a javelin where it goes through Bielema's chest and plants into the ground.  Stanzi is carried off the field to chants of "USA!  USA!  USA!"
Posted on: October 4, 2010 7:33 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 10:50 am
 

Jacory Harris' dad says son's shoulder is fine

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Monday a radio station in southern Florida, WAXY-70AM, reported that Miami quarterback Jacory Harris had a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.  Which is understandable seeing as how Harris completed only 13-of-33 passes in Miami's win against Clemson on Saturday.  With numbers like that it's only natural to think that something must be wrong with the kid's shoulder, but that just means you aren't familiar with the special brand of entertainment that is Jacory Harris.

Jacory prefers to coin that kind of performance as "Saturday" or sometimes he'll mix it up with the occasional "Thursday night."

For further proof, just ask Jacory's father.  He'll tell you everything is just fine.

Of the shoulder injury, Rodney Harris said, “From what I understand talking to him, he’s doing OK. He’s a little sore from getting beat up on a little, but he’s doing all right. He’s fine.”

Rodney Harris also went on to say that his son is having no trouble with his surgically repaired thumb.  The Sun-Sentinel also reports that, according to a source at Miami, Jacory does have a sprained AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder.  A sprain he supposedly suffered during that one "Thursday night" against Pitt a week and a half ago.

Oh, and for those of you Miami fans out there who would like to see the interceptions stop, Jacory's dad offers this.

“He can’t stop being aggressive, he has to go for it,” Rodney Harris said. “If [an interception] happens, it happens. We play defense and keep going. …I know he can’t sit back and think about those interceptions. He’s got to brush those off and move on. He’s done that and he’ll continue to do it.”

Now, now, don't worry too much about it.  Sure, 10 touchdowns and 8 interceptions isn't exactly the optimum stat line you'd like to see from your quarterback, but it's good enough to win the ACC.  Besides, things could be worse, you could have Jordan Jefferson.



Posted on: October 2, 2010 2:05 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 2:13 pm
 

INTs stealing the show in Miami-Clemson game

Posted by Chip Patterson

Miami quarterback Jacory Harris is a gambling quarterback.  His tendency to sling the ball around the field leads to big numbers, but also many interceptions.  On Saturday against Clemson, the picks seem to be contagious.

Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker has matched Harris' two interceptions with a pair of his own as the Tigers trail Miami 27-14 at the break.  The Hurricanes have been dominant, and were it not for the red zone interceptions, could be working with an even more sizable lead.  The Hurricanes have gotten a huge first half performance from wide receiver Leonard Hankerson.  The 6-3 senior has 131 yards recieving and three touchdowns, and is the recipient of five of Harris' eight completions on the afternoon.

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 3:49 pm
 

The Saturday Meal Plan

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Saturday Meal Plan is a helpful guide put together for you to maximize the results of your college football diet.  Just enough to leave you feeling full, but not so much you spend your entire Saturday in the bathroom.

Breakfast

Main Course - Clemson vs. #16 Miami - Noon - ESPN2


Okay, so once again breakfast has a lot of weak sauce in it this week, but we promise you that lunch and dinner are going to be a lot better.  Just remember what your mom used to tell you: breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  So eat this up because you're going to need it to help prepare you for the rest of the day.

Just beware that while the Miami looks good using too much Jacory Harris in it can cause indigestion.

Side Orders: This morning we offer some sides that should fill you up, but will probably leave you hating yourself for eating it later.  There's Ohio State steamrolling Illinois, and our "Ninth Place in the SEC" special, Mississippi and Kentucky.   If you already hate yourself, try some of the Minnesota and Northwestern.

Lunch

Main Course - #8 Oklahoma vs. #21 Texas - 3:30pm - ABC


Now that you've choked down your breakfast we can reward you with the real food for the day.  We're offering our Red River Rivalry this afternoon which is chock full of red meat deliciousness.   Just remember that the Longhorn can be somewhat tough and inconsistent. 

Texas has a lot on their plate this week, as they are coming off a rather embarrassing loss at home to UCLA last week, and a similar performance against Oklahoma this weekend could destroy the rest of their season. 

Side Orders: If you're not sure you can handle all the beef in our main course we do offer plenty of other options this afternoon.  There's Michigan State hosting Wisconsin in a game that will give us a better idea of what either team is really about this season.  There's also North Carolina State and Virginia Tech, or if offenses that set the game of football back 80 years are more your style, there's always LSU and Tennessee.   My advice is to just watch Patrick Peterson in that game.

Dinner

Main Course - #1 Alabama vs. #7 Florida - 8pm - CBS


We didn't lead you astray with our Alabama and Arkansas last week, and we promise you that this week's Florabama won't disappoint either.  Alabama has already faced it's first real test of the season, but this week they are the test.  Florida is 4-0 but didn't wow any of the critics until last week's Trey Burton-centric dismantling of Kentucky.

If the Gators can manage to get past the Tide they'll officially be back in the national championship picture.

Side Orders: It's not a bad night when your second choice features another two top ten teams.  If fowl is more your taste, then try the Oregon and Stanford.   The Pac-10 doesn't have a championship game, yet, but this game basically is just that.  Two high-scoring offenses finally get to test two defenses that have proven sturdy thus far.  If you prefer something a bit more old-fashioned we're also offering Iowa and Penn State.

Late Night Snacks

Nevada and Colin Kaepernick are two things you'll probably be hearing about quite a bit in the coming weeks, as they're essentially the last thing standing between Boise State and an undefeated season.  So why not check them out when they travel to Vegas to take on UNLV?
Posted on: September 23, 2010 11:12 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2010 10:53 am
 

Miami knocks off Pitt 31-3

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As I said during the halftime update, this game was not very pretty, but in the end the Miami Hurricanes left Heinz Field with a 31-3 victory over Pitt.   The difference in this one was that while Miami cleaned up its act a bit in the second half, the Panthers most certainly did not.

Jacory Harris rebounded from his poor performance in the first half to throw touchdowns over the final two quarters, putting the game out of reach when he found Leonard Hankerson for a 19-yard touchdown early in the third quarter that made the score 17-0 'Canes.  Harris and the Hurricanes did suffer a bit of a scare in the fourth quarter when Harris had to leave the game after being sacked.  He would return on the next series and finish the night with 248 yards passing.

For Pitt, the best thing I can say is that at least the game is over and that it wasn't a conference loss, so hopes of a Big East title still remain, though at this point winning the Big East is like proclaiming yourself the smartest person on the cast of Jersey Shore.   Plus, there's no way this Pitt team can win the Big East -- even if it is horrible -- playing the way it did on Thursday night.

Dion Lewis struggled again, though a large part of it could be blamed on an offensive line that couldn't block a sled.  Lewis finished the game with 27 yards on 10 carries.  Ray Graham, on the other hand, had another strong night, tallying 100 yards on 10 carries -- though 42 of those yards came on one run in garbage time -- and also picked up 41 yards receiving so it's possible that Graham may see more touches than Lewis in the future.

After all, Graham was running behind the same offensive line as Lewis, yet he still found a way to move the ball.  If only there were any other members of the Pitt offense who could do the same.




Posted on: September 23, 2010 9:19 pm
 

Miami leads Pitt 10-0 at halftime

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a couple of things that both Dave Wannstedt and Randy Shannon wanted to see from their teams tonight. 

Shannon wanted Jacory Harris to limit turnovers and make better decisions with the ball following his four-interception performance against Ohio State.

Dave Wannstedt wanted to see his offensive line improve and open up running lanes for his running backs.

Well, at halftime, neither coach is going to be very happy but at least Randy Shannon can say he has a ten-point lead.

In a game that isn't going to win any beauty contests, Jacory Harris has thrown two interceptions -- including one in the end zone -- while Pitt has managed 76 total yards.  I'd say it's been ugly, but I wouldn't want to insult ugly.

Miami's touchdown came on their opening drive as the Canes went 80 yards in ten plays before Damien Berry punched it in from a yard out.  They added a field goal midway through the second quarter, and if it weren't for Harris' turnovers, odds are that Miami would have this game well in hand by now.

As for Pitt, well, what can I really say?  There are around 300 former Panthers in attendance at this game and every single one of them is probably embarrassed by what they've seen.  The Panthers didn't pick up a first down until the 7:30 mark of the second quarter, going three and out on their first five "drives."

The Panthers offensive line is just getting destroyed by the Miami defense and Tino Sunseri has spent most of his time just trying not to get killed.

That being said, Pitt still only trails by ten at the break, but unless Jacory Harris keeps turning the ball over it doesn't look like the Panthers have much of a chance.
Posted on: September 20, 2010 12:56 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 6:43 pm
 

Jacory Harris hears from racist fan via Twitter

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well there's one benefit of Randy Shannon no longer allowing his players to use Twitter, they won't have to deal with idiots like the one who directed a racist tweet at quarterback Jacory Harris following the Canes loss to Ohio State. 

Harris says that he received a tweet from a "fan" on Twitter telling him that Miami shouldn't have "a black quarterback" following Harris' four interception performance in the Horseshoe.

"You see some things and you get kind of hurt, because it's your fans that say the things," Harris said. "They're the ones that before the game wrote you some encouraging message. And then after the game tell you that they don't want a black quarterback here. ....I know who they were because it's Twitter."

"It is disheartening," Harris said of the tweet. "It's something you look at and it kind of brings you to tears, but at the same time you know it's just a comment and there will be no steps taken after that.

"That's that person's opinion. It's just something you've got to live with. I don't read them all. There's too many to read. But I just scrolled through and I guess that was the one I picked to read and it was the wrong one."


Harris says he didn't respond to the tweet and that it isn't the first time he's received a racist tweet from somebody, but that he's "not worried about it."  Which is the best route to take in this matter because it doesn't matter what you do, there are always going to be idiots out there, and idiots love to let their opinions be known.

Besides, the Hurricanes have bigger things to deal with right now.  First and foremost rebounding from their loss in Columbus and getting ready for another tough road test against Pitt this weekend.

UPDATE: One of the tweets in question can be read here , though be warned that the language in it isn't exactly pleasant.  Nor intelligent.



 
 
 
 
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