11/21/2011 - The University of Miami announced Sunday it will not play in bowl game this season in response to the ongoing NCAA investigation into its football program. With a record of 6-5 (3-4 in the ACC), the school became bowl eligible with Saturday"s win over South .lorida. But the school informed both the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference of its decision not to play in a bowl game following the 2011 regular season. "We understand and share the disappointment that our student-athletes, coaches, staff, supporters and fans are feeling but after lengthy discussions among University leaders, athletic administrators and outside counsel, it is a necessary step for our University. The University of Miami has not self-imposed any other penalties," university officials said in a statement. The team was informed of the self-imposed postseason ban on Sunday. The NCAA is investigating Miami over allegations that a former booster provided 72 players and recruits with extra benefits from 2002 through 2010. The former booster, convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro, is serving a 20-year prison term and plans to write book about his interactions with players. - The Sports Xchange
Harris went 30-0 and won a pair of state titles his final two years at Northwestern High School (earned Mr. Football award for the state of Florida as a senior) and decided to stay close to home and play his college ball for Miami. He initially won the starting quarterback job as a true freshman, but shared those duties with Robert Marve in 2008, going 118-for-194 (60.8%) for 1,195 yards, 12 touchdowns, 7 interceptions and 2 rush scores. Harris had his best season in 2009 as a sophomore, starting all 13 games, and was a semifinalist for the Davey O?Brien Award, finishing 242-for-406 (59.6%) for a career-high 3,352 yards, 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He was the starter in 2010, but his junior season was derailed by a concussion late in the season, going 148-for-270 (54.8%) for 1,793 yards, 14 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and 2 rush scores. Harris returned in 2011 and started 11 games as a senior, but was suspended for the season opener, finishing 195-for-300 (65.0%) for 2,574 yards, 20 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
Harris arrived at Miami as part of a much heralded hometown recruiting class, but his career never matched the hype as he was a reckless passer most of his career. However, he steadily began to progress and make smarter decisions as a senior. Harris has the arm, but is simply too inconsistent as he makes a good throw, but follows it up with a few head-scratchers and lacks the football IQ to be anything more than a long-term developmental project in the NFL. His lanky frame and slim build will also cause durability concerns for the next level. Harris is an undrafted player with a lot of questions about whether or not he has what it takes between the ears.
Strengths: Possesses good height to see the whole field. An effortless thrower with very good arm strength to make passes downfield. Good all-around athlete with some escapability and speed to make plays with his legs. Really improved his pocket presence to feel pressure as a senior. A tough individual and showed resolve on the field ? refused to quit and made a lot of tough throws over his career. Stepped up his leadership and maturity as a senior, making better decisions and setting a single season record for completion percentage (65%) in 2011. Carries a lot of starting experience under his belt (35 career starts), becoming the first true freshman to start in the season opener for the Miami Hurricanes since 1983 (Bernie Kosar) ? battled tested and been through a lot.
Weaknesses: Has a very lean frame with little bulk and carries some durability questions because of his slim size and also battled a concussion in 2010. Inconsistent footwork and mechanics, including a long, wind-up throwing motion. Struggles with his timing and anticipation as a passer ? doesn?t recognize open targets and forces too many throws, appearing to predetermine many of his attempts. Doesn?t look off defenders and too often stares down targets, leading defensive backs w/ his eyes and making it too easy for opposing secondaries. Makes poor decisions and has questionable intelligence on the field ? has a lot to prove with the mental aspect of the game. Inconsistent accuracy and touch and really struggles when forced to reset his feet. Needs to do a better job of taking care of the ball in the pocket. His character could be a question mark also after a one-game suspension as a senior for accepting illegal benefits.
NFL Comparison: Jerrod Johnson, free agent (AFL, Arizona Rattlers)
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