Miami's Harris should be rewarded with starting nod

October, 20, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

After accounting for five touchdowns in Miami's 49-31 win over Duke on Saturday and helping the Hurricanes overcome a 10-point deficit, Miami coach Randy Shannon reiterated that Robert Marve would remain his starter.

That's right, Marve.

Not the quarterback who actually won the game.

Now, the points being made from within the program are that both quarterbacks will play, and it doesn't matter which one who starts. That neither of them seem to care too much about it, as long as they play. That both of them are still freshmen who need experience. That the position is no different from any other that rotates players, like Javarris James and Graig Cooper at running back.

That's fine. Play both of them, so Miami isn't caught without any experience should one of them get hurt.

But start the one who gives you the best chance to win football games and play the other sparingly.

Don't let this turn into another Kyle Wright/Kirby Freeman show.

If you recall, Wright broke his wrist in November, 2006, and then lost the job to Freeman during the 2007 training camp -- one of Shannon's first decisions as head coach. Well, that decision lasted two games.

Wright earned the starting job back in the Canes 51-13 loss at Oklahoma.

"It's going to be the Kyle Wright show for right now," Shannon said last year. "Both of them did a decent job. But Kyle came in the game against Oklahoma and gave us a little spark."

I'd say Harris' five touchdowns against Duke constituted as "a little spark," you? Meanwhile, Marve has thrown eight interceptions in the past four games.

Michael Cunningham of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel makes some valid points in this article, and I'm not saying to cut Marve out of the offense. Both of them do need to continue to grow and learn.

But in order to win, you have to start your best quarterback, and right now, that looks like Harris.

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