Miami to start QB Jacory Harris

Updated: September 7, 2011, 4:38 PM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Miami quarterback Jacory Harris has returned to the starting lineup after serving a one-game NCAA suspension, according to a depth chart released by the school Wednesday for the Sept. 17 home game against Ohio State.

Harris replaces Stephen Morris, who completed 19 of 28 passes for 195 yards and two interceptions in the Hurricanes' 32-24 loss at Maryland on Monday night.

One of the biggest questions in the ACC this offseason has been who would start at quarterback for Miami. First-year coach Al Golden had said the competition was dead-even until an NCAA investigation, which resulted in the suspension of eight players for the season opener, made the decision for him.

Golden had said the quarterback competition would continue during Miami's bye week, but the decision came earlier than expected.

"We'll allow those guys to compete here Thursday, Friday, Saturday, then figure it out," Golden said Tuesday before scrapping the plan Wednesday.

Harris will be given a chance to redeem himself from an inconsistent career that has been riddled with turnovers. Last year he threw 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, including four picks en route to a 36-24 loss to the Buckeyes. In 2009 he threw for 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

Last season, Harris started the first eight games before a concussion sidelined him for three. Morris replaced him during the regular season, but Harris won the starting job for the Sun Bowl.

Harris struggled, though, and was replaced by Morris after completing 4 of 7 passes with three interceptions. The Ohio State game will mark his first start since that game.

Heather Dinich covers ACC football for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.