Should Miami Hurricane Fans Be Worried About Jacory Harris in '09?

Heath McGuffCorrespondent IJune 10, 2009

DURHAM, NC - OCTOBER 18: Quarterback  Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes looks to pass during the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 18, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Miami Hurricane football: what a great tradition.

Since 1926, the Canes have had some of the most remarkable seasons of any Division I football team. The 1977-78 seasons were the Lou Saban era...During these two years Lou brought Miami to National prominence.

The Hurricanes are currently led by Randy Shannon, one of six African-American head coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

In 2007, Shannon's first year, the Canes were 5-7. In '08 Shannon led Miami to a 7-6 season barley breaking .500.

Shannon's overall record with the Canes is 12-13(two years).

Since 1926, Miami has obtained nine ACC conference titles, five National Championships, two Heisman winners, 81 All-Americans, and eight college football Hall of farmers and the longest home winning streak in the NCAA(58).

Last season Miami finished the regular season on a bad note losing to North Carolina State by a score of 38-28. Jacory Harris was 12 of 20 for 138 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.

Following this loss, the Hurricanes lost in the Emerald Bowl to Cal by a score of 24-17.

Despite Harris connecting on 25 of 41 passes for 194 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, the Canes still lost.

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In the three losses against Florida, Florida State, and North Carolina, Harris only completed nine of 17 passes for a total of 81 yards and one interception.

Yikes, that's not good.

Harris was a freshman in '08 and no one expected him to be perfect, although he did shatter many records in his high school career.

Harris particularly struggled against top-25 teams.

Harris' best performances came against Charleston Southern and Duke.

Against Charleston Southern, Harris connected on 16 of 26 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions, and had a passer rating of 61.5.

Against Duke, Harris completed 18 of 28 passes for 185 yards, with four touchdowns, and two interceptions, finishing the game with a passer rating of 64.3.

Harris, who finished the '08 season with a very respectable 125.8 passer rating, completed 118 of 194 passes for 1,195 yards, 12 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and averaged 6.2 rushing yards per attempt.

Harris' stats may be misleading because he only had five regular season games with ten or more completions and did not complete more than 18 passes in any game, while splitting quarterback duties with Marve.

I think all Cane fans saw that last season Harris would crumble during some of the most important games and could not handle the pressure very well.

So Cane fans, will Harris be a factor next season?

Should Miami be trying to find a new QB or let Harris prove he is capable of doing better in '09?

Tell me what you think....


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