UM's ability to run bigger than QB situation

November, 13, 2010
11/13/10
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Miami's quarterback controversy began before the game against Georgia Tech even ended (and it ended in about the third quarter, with Miami's 28-10 lead).

Stephen Morris, filling in for injured starter Jacory Harris the second straight week, managed the offense well without turning it over and threw with a nice zip on the ball. Miami fans (at least those talking to me on Twitter @ESPN_ACC) are already expecting -- demanding -- Morris be the starter for next week's key game against Virginia Tech.

There's something more, though, that they should be asking for. Regardless of who starts at quarterback against the Hokies, Miami should continue to run the ball at least 40 times. In Miami's three losses this season -- to Ohio State (28 rushing attempts), Florida State (36 rushing attempts) and Virginia (29 carries), the Canes have run the ball fewer than 40 times.

Only twice this season have they done that and won -- against Florida A&M and against Pitt. Miami ran it 49 times against Maryland in Morris' first career start. No doubt that helped take some pressure off of him.

Four different running backs scored for Miami against Georgia Tech -- Mike James, Lamar Miller, Graig Cooper and Damien Berry. If Miami can do that against Virginia Tech next week, it won't matter much if Harris or Morris is under center.

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