Miami quarterback Jacory Harris suffered a concussion in the second quarter of the Hurricanes’ 24-19 loss to Virginia on Saturday and is questionable for next week's game against Maryland, coach Randy Shannon said in a teleconference Sunday.
If Harris is unable to play on Saturday, Stephen Morris will start.
“Jacory’s doing fine right now,” Shannon said. “Our medical team, they’ve done a great job of evaluating and making sure that Jacory is OK. The process of when Jacory’s going to be playing will be up to our medical staff.”
Backup quarterback A.J. Highsmith couldn’t play against Virginia because of an injury to his left hand, which has been “really, really bothering him,” according to Shannon. Highsmith’s status for Saturday is also questionable.
“We’d love to have him back, but at this point in time we don’t know if he’ll be able to make it back,” Shannon said.
Third-string quarterback Spencer Whipple, son of offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, entered the game but was benched after he threw two interceptions in six pass attempts. The staff decided to burn Morris’ redshirt. He completed 9 of 22 passes for 162 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
“It was tough, but we were trying to win the game,” Shannon said of the decision to burn Morris’ redshirt. “A.J. has been having this hand injury that has affected him, and we played Spencer, but we felt like now was the time for Stephen Morris to get a shot. He had a little bit stronger arm and we went to him. He did some nice things in the game. It was great to see him get three touchdowns.”
Shannon said Harris is “a little sore, but he’s in a great mood.”
“We’re talking to him, and joking around with him, things like that,” Shannon said. “He’s never been through it, but right now he’s feeling great. He’s feeling great now, but you’ve got to take this slowly and don’t try and force anything back. You’ve got to make sure you’re doing all of the things we ask of you. He was in great spirits this morning.”