Will Harris start for Miami in '09?

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

There is a reason Miami coach Randy Shannon hasn't expressed any concern over losing his starting quarterback for the Emerald Bowl, and the reason is Jacory Harris. The question is whether or not Shannon will lose his starting quarterback, period.

At this time of year, it's hard not to look ahead, and while Harris says he's not considering the bowl game an audition for next season, it probably is.

Then again, if starter Robert Marve should decide to transfer, Harris would be the obvious choice to replace him. It will only be Harris' second start of the season, but he has proven capable of winning before -- including when Marve was suspended for the season opener.

The problem now is the speculation. Check out this recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Take all those numbers, add in Marve's two suspensions, and it's easy to see why speculation is high that Harris will be Miami's starting quarterback in 2009. A strong performance in the Emerald Bowl certainly won't hurt Harris' chances of winning the job, either, but he said he won't let himself took at the game in those terms.

Marve's second suspension was peculiar. He didn't actually miss a fourth class, he was 15 minutes late to it because he was talking to another professor and had verification of that. It was the last day of classes. If there is more to this story, Shannon obviously hasn't shared it. Marve and his family have reason to be frustrated, but don't want to be a distraction during the bowl week.

Only after the Emerald Bowl will we find out if Miami will ring in the New Year with a new quarteback.