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Sunday, October 4, 2009
Miami's Harris 'doesn't flinch' despite early struggles

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich


MIAMI -- Miami quarterback Jacory Harris literally had to laugh.

After all, he had just thrown two picks on his first two possessions. What was he supposed to do, cry over it?

Not his style.
 
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  Miami quarterback Jacory Harris shook off a rough start and rallied for the Hurricanes.
“I kind of let all the hype get to me,” he said. “I was sitting up there saying, ‘Man, I’ve got to make the big play, I’ve got to do this, I’ve got to do that,’ but all I needed to understand was that I needed to let my teammates help. That’s something I came around knowing after I threw the second pick.”

Harris, coming off his worst performance of the season at Virginia Tech, opened up against Oklahoma by completing as many passes to the Sooners as he did his own teammates, but this time, he regrouped. He completed 19 of 28 passes for three touchdowns and 202 yards, leading the Hurricanes to a 21-20 upset of the No. 8 ranked Sooners.

And he didn’t surprise anyone in his locker room in the process.

“He had a couple of picks early in the game, but that’s Jacory -- he doesn’t let those things affect him,” said Miami offensive tackle Jason Fox. “He’s truly incredible. He stepped back, he told us, ‘Guys, I’m going to make up for that,’ and he did.”

After starting off the season 2-0 against two ranked teams, Harris’ name had worked its way into Heisman conversations, but that quieted quickly after he completed just 9 of 25 passes for 150 yards and one interception in a 31-7 loss to Virginia Tech last weekend. The Canes’ confidence in their sophomore quarterback never wavered this week, not even in the first half when Miami trailed 10-0.

“He doesn’t flinch,” Miami coach Randy Shannon said. “I’m being honest. He takes it in stride. He came back to the sidelines, found out what his mistake was, and he moves on.”

And because of that, Miami moves on with an impressive 3-1 record with wins over three ranked opponents.