CORAL GABLES — A concussion might keep Miami QB Jacory Harris sidelined for Saturday's game against Maryland, and the Hurricanes are getting freshman Stephen Morris ready to take over as their starter.
Harris was knocked out of Miami's 24-19 loss Saturday to Virginia in the second quarter. Morris, who entered that game as a fourth-string redshirt candidate, played the second half (9-for-22, 162 yards ) and accounted for three touchdowns in the final 10½ minutes as UM nearly rallied from a 24-0 deficit.
"Jacory won't play until our medical staff sees fit that he's ready to go," coach Randy Shannon said.
Harris, a junior, officially has not been ruled out for this week, though Shannon already has said Morris is the starter-in-waiting. Miami resumes practice Tuesday, when Morris is expected to take the bulk of the snaps. And there's no guarantee that Harris, if he is ruled out for the Maryland game, would be ready to face Georgia Tech the following week.
Shannon said Harris "was doing fine" Sunday.
After Harris was hurt, junior Spencer Whipple filled in until halftime, when Miami made the decision to give Morris his shot.
USF: Forgotten folly
TAMPA — If USF is looking for ways to attack Rutgers' defense, it likely won't look to last season's performance, when the Bulls had arguably their worst offensive output in program history.
In that 31-0 loss, the only shutout in USF's regular-season history, the Bulls were held to 159 yards and QB B.J. Daniels had three first-half turnovers. The redshirt sophomore said Sunday that he has gotten over the memories but said it was beneficial having gone through that game.
"That was probably one of the biggest games that I … played and hit the wall," said Daniels, whose team hosts Rutgers on Wednesday night "I learned a lot from that game … but it's in the past."
Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said Rutgers did a good job last year of moving defenders around to make Daniels uncomfortable. But he said Daniels' performance in this season's 38-30 win Oct. 22 over Cincinnati (two rushing TDs, two passing) has made a difference in how the quarterback practiced in the bye week.
"I think there's a little pep in his step, especially the first couple days after the game," he said.
Quick hits: USF will be without defensive end and sack leader Craig Marshall (broken bone in foot) against Rutgers, which ranks at the bottom of I-A with 33 sacks allowed. … A win would move USF (1-2 in Big East) out of a logjam with Louisville, West Virginia, UConn and Cincinnati at the bottom of the conference.
Kerry Klecic, Times correspondent
FSU: UNC time set
TALLAHASSEE — The Seminoles' home game Saturday against North Carolina has been set for 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on Ch. 28. "We can't let one loss become two, and our goals are still there," said QB Christian Ponder reflecting on the 28-24 loss to N.C. State. "We've got to come in Monday and forget about it and work hard."