Last season, after Miami's wins over Florida State and Georgia Tech, Hurricane fans were ready to anoint Jacory Harris as the next legitimate Heisman contender.
However, following Harris' entire 2009 campaign in which he hurled 17 interceptions, Miami fans might have to put their pink suits and pimp cups under wraps for a while.
Despite such lofty expectations, Harris could very well develop into a great player—the potential is there.
As a sophomore with only one meaningful start under his belt, Harris threw for 24 touchdowns while maintaining a 59.6 completion percentage and a 140.1 QB rating.
Not bad at all, especially considering that Miami was ranked 100th in the nation in sacks allowed and Harris ruptured ligaments in his right thumb during the 'Canes game against Duke (though it's worth noting that the injury came after Harris' four-interception performance against North Carolina).
Taking all that into account, should Harris find himself in the eye of a swirling storm of criticism?
Yes, but not for reasons you might expect.
While much of the hype surrounding Harris was created by overeager Miami fans, anyone who says that he'll wear a pink suit and carry a pimp cup to his own Heisman trophy presentation is begging for ridicule.
Enjoy the following exchange between Harris and radio host Dan LeBatard last July:
Harris: I'm gonna wear a pink suit to the ceremony, pimp cup and all.
LeBatard: You're gonna bring a goblet to the Heisman ceremony?
Harris: Yeah, I'll bring it.
LeBatard: How bout the fedora?
Harris: The padora?
LeBatard: The hat. The pimp's hat.
Harris: I don't know about that. I might want to show off my hairstyle at the time.... I'm going through phase two.
LeBatard: Explain that.
Harris: You have stage one, when you start. Then stage two, where you have your little ugly stage. Then you have stage three, where you busting out of the cocoon, and you're ready for the braids, and all the different hairstyles.
LeBatard: Bustin' out of the cocoon like a beautiful afro butterfly?
Harris: Yeah, like an afro butterfly.
Shades of Ryan Perrilloux, anyone?
Please don't misunderstand the inference; no one is expecting Harris to suffer the same sordid fate as Perrilloux.
Especially since Harris has become more contrite about his interceptions after issuing potentially careless statements such as, "I don't think any interceptions put us in real bad situations to the point where we couldn't get out of it."
In 2010, if Harris can resist the urge to blindly heave the ball downfield, the nation will be watching intently to see if the "afro butterfly" can unfurl his wings and ride the Hurricane winds to New York City this December.