Marve -- A Look Back

Head coach Randy Shannon granted redshirt freshman Robert Marve a release from his scholarship on Tuesday. For Marve, his career just never took off the way he and Miami had hoped.

Robert Marve first appeared on the recruiting radar as a junior back in 2006 when he had a strong showing at the Combine in Jacksonville.

I remember watching the quarterback drills and specifically Chris Forcier, a four-star prospect from California who was very interested in Miami at the time. After watching Forcier throw a few balls, it was Marve's turn to step up to the plate. Checking in at 6-foot-1 1/2 and 190 pounds that day, the young kid full of swagger and confidence started throwing darts all over the field.

It wasn't long after that when Marve started landing offers from Division 1 programs. Miami, who had a commitment from Texas quarterback prospect Nick Fanuzzi at the time, wasn't one of the schools recruiting him. Marve had over a dozen offers by the time summer rolled around and after taking an unofficial visit Alabama with his coach, he ended the recruiting process by making a commitment to the Tide and then-coach Mike Shula.

Fast forward to the end of that 2006 season and Shula was let go as the head man at Bama. That's when Marve opened up his recruiting process. Enter Randy Shannon, who had just been given the head coaching job at Miami after Larry Coker was dismissed. One of Shannon's first order of business was to find a quarterback. Fanuzzi no longer appeared to be the man of the future in Coral Gables. Instead, the Canes went hard after Marve in the final weeks leading up to signing day. He took recruiting visits to UM, Alabama, and Hawaii before choosing the Canes. Interestingly enough, Fanuzzi switched his pledge to Alabama and then signed with new Bama coach Nick Saban's first recruiting class.

Marve generated a lot of excitement after inking with the Canes back in February of 2007. He was a four-star quarterback prospect who had just won Florida's Mr. Football award after leading his Tampa Plant team to the Class 4A state championship. He even broke some of Tim Tebow's state passing records (which were later broken by Jacory Harris). Rated as Scout's 10th best quarterback prospect, Marve was expected to go in as a freshman and challenge senior Kyle Wright and junior Kirby Freeman for the job.

Unfortunately, Marve was involved in a major car accident during the summer when the car that he and teammates Colin McCarthy and Jermaine McKenzie were driving flipped over several times on I-75. Incredibly, Marve walked away from the accident with only an injury to his hand. That incident ended Marve's chances of earning playing time as a true freshman. Instead, he worked in as the team's Scout Team quarterback. He was very effective in doing so, winning the award given to the team's best offensive scout team player in 2007.

After the Hurricanes signed three more freshman quarterbacks, including Harris, in the Class of 2008, Marve would have plenty of competition for the starting job in 2008.

An off-the-field incident that occured in the fall of 2007 caused Marve to serve a one-game suspension in the season opener, just days after Marve was named the team's starting quarterback for 2008.

Despite starting the next 11 games for the Hurricanes after Harris started the season opener against Charleston Southern, Marve never really developed a rhythm. He completed just 54-percent of his passes and averaged just 118 yards per game through the air. He threw just nine touchdown passes compared to 13 interceptions and his passer rating of 107.2 ranked 96th in the nation among starting quarterbacks.

Marve was suspended again for the final game of the season against Cal and didn't even make the trip with the rest of his team. That's when the thoughts of many fans were starting to get confirmed -- that perhaps Jacory Harris truly was the quarterback of the future at Miami. Less than a week after the game, Marve's career at Miami was officially over.

It was Patrick Nix on Monday and Marve on Tuesday. The Canes will be starting fresh on the offensive side of the ball in 2009 with a new offensive coordinator and a new starting quarterback. Harris was the more productive player of the two in 2008 and a lot of fans are excited to see what he'll be able to do under the development of a different offensive coordinator next season.

For Marve, he's just another in a line of quarterback recruits that didn't work out for Miami. Marc Guillon, Nick Fanuzzi, Derek Shaw, Kirby Freeman, and now Marve -- that's a lot of quarterback commitments who never (started or) finished their careers at Miami.

His future destination remains to be seen but Miami fans are now far more interesting in watching Harris -- the young quarterback of the future -- develop over the next several months leading up to the start of the 2009 season.

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