On fourth down, trailing by four points with less than a minute remaining, Miami (1-2) had the ball at Kansas State’s two yard line. Senior quarterback Jacory Harris bootlegged to the left, looking for one of three options: a shovel pass in front of him, a receiver in the flats, or an open lane for him to run. The first two options unavailable, Harris tucked the ball and ran, and according to the side judge, scored the game winning touchdown. But upon replay, Harris was down inches before the ball crossed the goal line, turning the ball over to the Wildcats (3-0).
For the first time since Golden was announced as Miami’s new head coach, Saturday’s win against Ohio State provided fans and athletes alike something positive to think about. The Canes defense that faltered at times against Maryland in their first game was born anew with three of the five reinstated players making major contributions, most notably senior linebacker Sean Spence. Special teams did what special teams ought to do, never putting their own offense or defense in a difficult position and making it as difficult as possible for their opponent.
The past five weeks, and really the past four years, have been anything but predictable for Harris. After battling with Robert Marve for the quarterback position his freshman year and failing to find consistent success for the past two seasons, the senior quarterback has proven himself to be durable despite his lanky frame. And after hurdling his latest obstacle as a Miami Hurricane – a one game suspension for his acceptance of improper benefits – he enters Saturday’s game against Ohio State as the starter, with perspective, not ego, dripping from every comment.
It’s a feeling many of us are going through right now. Prospective bosses are pouring over your resume, picking apart your GPA, finding any way to differentiate you from the fresh batch of potential employees vying for the same spot. But for some among us, their resumes are not on paper – they’re on film and on stop watches.
As this year’s Miami Hurricanes played their final scrimmage of the spring, the future of a new season, coach, and set of expectations took a backseat to recognizing the past. Members of the 2001 national championship team took midfield during halftime to be acknowledged for the 10th anniversary of what some consider to be the greatest Hurricane team of all time. But they were not alone – not by a long shot.