Miami-Maryland Postgame Reaction; Other News
Though it wasn’t pretty, the Miami Hurricanes were able to defeat the Maryland Terrapins this past Saturday by the score of 26-20. The big story was true freshman QB Stephen Morris stepping in for the injured Jacory Harris. Though he certainly showed his inexperience throughout parts of the game, Morris led the ‘Canes to a game-winning drive with a little more than 3 minutes left on the clock inside their own 20-yard line. The win, and Morris’ performance in particular, has drawn a great deal of media attention.
- At the Miami Herald, Greg Cote argues that Morris saved the game for the Hurricanes and perhaps its season. Cote also argues that the win also may have secured Randy Shannon’s role as head coach of the team. Morris was also awarded ACC Rookie of the Week honors for his play.
- Morris’ performance has also sparked a little quarterback controversy, as Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel notes. Shannon, however, still claims the Harris is the starter when cleared to resume playing. Harris has not yet been cleared for next week’s game against Georgia Tech, and until he is cleared, Morris will start for the ‘Canes at QB.
- Also at the Miami Herald, Edwin Pope argues the Hurricanes continue to improve despite a 6-3 record and even claims that with some help from other teams, the ‘Canes could finish in the top 10 at season’s end.
- As usual, Manny Navarro provides a number of postgame interviews from various ‘Canes including Lamar Miller, Randy Shannon, Leonard Hankerson and Allen Bailey.
- With starting RB Damien Berry out for the game, redshirt freshman Lamar Miller filled in admirably running for 125 yards and a score.
- Over at the Sun-Sentinel, Steve Gorten claims that the Hurricanes defense showed up in big situations, holding Maryland to just 3 third-down conversions in twelve attempts.
- Over at the Palm Beach Post, Jorge Milian grades the ‘Canes performance against Maryland, examining the offense, defense, special teams and coaching. Like many, Milian praises the performance of Morris.
- Also at the Palm Beach Post, Greg Stoda further stirs the QB controversy arguing that Morris should remain the team’s starting QB even when Harris returns.
- Making a visit to last Thursday’s practice was former UM great and current San Francisco 49er’s RB Frank Gore who watched practice and spoke to current ‘Canes RB Lamar Miller.
- CB Brandon Harris was selected as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award along with ten other college players. The award is given annually to the nation’s top defensive back.