Miami quarterback Jacory Harris isn’t feeling any heat from backup quarterback Stephen Morris, who has played well for the most part in the past three starts, but it’s the first time in a long time that Harris has actually had some competition to push him.
Whether or not Harris plays this weekend against South Florida remains to be seen, but there’s no question Harris will be giving his best effort in practice this week to get back on the field.
“This is the first time I think since Robert Marve was here that he’s had somebody to push him where he needs to go,” coach Randy Shannon said. “With Stephen there, Stephen and him talk a lot, they communicate a lot. It’s a competition factor of him staying on top of his game but also ... not feeling the heat, just knowing you have somebody by you that’s just as good as you that wants to work just as hard as you. I think it’s been a great cohesive deal between those guys that should really work out well.”
Shannon said Harris has been cleared by the medical staff to play on Saturday, but there are some things Shannon wants to see Harris do at practice this week before he returns to the starting lineup.
“He’s got to get back in the rhythm of running and cutting and doing those things,” Shannon said. “Jacory has to get back in the rhythm of throwing the football and the timing routes, dropping back, letting the football release at a certain time, getting back to handing the football off, doing all of those things. If he’s really sharp and crisp we’ll go with him. If he’s not really sharp when we need him to be, we’ll go with Stephen. He knows it, and he’s going to work hard this week in practice to get those things.”