Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Buckeyes to face Jacory Harris in Week 3
By Adam Rittenberg
No surprise here, but Miami quarterback Jacory Harris is expected to return to the starting lineup Sept. 17 against No. 15 Ohio State after serving a one-game NCAA suspension.
Colleague Heather Dinich reports that Harris is No. 1 on Miami's depth chart for the Ohio State game. The Hurricanes are off this week after dropping their opener Monday night against Maryland. Sophomore Stephen Morris led the Miami offense against the Terrapins.
Harris was among the eight Miami players suspended by the NCAA for receiving benefits from former booster Nevin Shapiro. Five players are eligible to return for the Ohio State game, while three others -- DE Olivier Vernon, S Aravious Armstrong and TE Dyron Dye -- must serve longer suspensions.
Ohio State will still be without four offensive starters and a defensive reserve, suspended for the first five games for receiving cash and tattoos in exchange for memorabilia items.
Seeing Harris on the field might not be the worst thing for Ohio State. The Buckeyes picked off Harris four times in last year's 36-24 win in Columbus, with the takeaways leading to 16 points. Harris repeatedly hurt Miami, especially in Ohio State territory.
If an opportunistic Buckeyes defense capitalizes on Harris' habit of throwing interceptions, the Scarlet and Gray should be fine against the U.