Jacory on OSU game: "It'll be a street fight"

Jacory Harris is preparing to play Ohio State for the second straight season. And he understands how big a game it is for him and his team.

Jacory Harris had an excellent preseason camp. He was all set to become the starting quarterback at the University of Miami. Then he was suspended by the NCAA for the season opener against Maryland. Forced to watch at home on television, Harris didn't expect what he saw last Monday night.

"It was pretty surprising," Harris said. "When you have a great camp, you gotta cut those things down. You don't see those penalties and turnovers in practice. When you get into a game and see those things, it shows there is a lack of focus. You need to focus, pay attention more. Pre-snap penalties are all about focus -- knowing the snap, making sure I'm paying attention to the clock."

Harris led the Hurricanes into Columbus last season before coming up just short against the highly ranked Buckeyes last September. He'll have another opportunity against them on Saturday -- something Harris admits he may have taken for granted in the past.

"I might shed a tear. I'm so happy to be back on the field. I'm ready to run out of that tunnel and run out with my teammates. They've been by our sides the entire time since we've had Coach Golden. They've been here for everyone."

Harris heard former UM great Ed Reed address the team recently and talk about the importance of having teammates who have your back. Harris got the message.

"We're one unified unit. We just wanna go and have a great game together."

One thing Harris won't be doing is thinking about having missed the opener and having been suspended by the NCAA for one game to start his senior season.

"That's not our main focus. We'll let everyone outside focus on that. We're trying to get ready for the game."

The senior quarterback was asked how tough Saturday night's game will be and what it means to him and his teammates.

"It'll be a street fight and that's what we're getting ready for," he said.

His teammates will be happy to have Harris back on the field, leading the Hurricanes in their home opener.


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