If you want to trace the steady downfall of the Miami Hurricanes, just take a look at the parade of quarterbacks who have been put in charge since Ken Dorsey graduated in 2003 with a national championship ring and another appearance in the title game.
The U’s QB woes came to a head last season with prized recruit Robert Marve’s ugly departure from the program. Head coach Randy Shannon yo-yoed between Marve and freshman Jacory Harris all season, creating an uncomfortable power-sharing arrangement that ultimately proved untenable. When Harris took a greater role in Miami’s offense late in the year, it didn’t exactly produce sparkling results, as the ‘Canes dropped their final three games of the season. That included double-digit losses to Georgia Tech and North Carolina State.
In the Emerald Bowl versus California, Harris had a pedestrian stat line: 25-of-41 for 194 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. However, the young signal caller’s numbers don’t tell the whole story when it comes to his impact in that game.