Spring Preview: Quarterbacks

The University of Miami begins spring football on Tuesday, becoming the first Division 1 team to start spring drills. Lets take a closer look at the team's quarterback situation heading into spring.

The Players: Jacory Harris (6-4, 185, SO), Cannon Smith (5-11, 200, R-FR), and Taylor Cook (6-7, 225, R-FR)

What They've Done:
Harris: 118-for-194 for 1,195 yards, 12 TDs, 7 INT, 45 carries for 101 yards and 2 TD's
Smith: 1-1 for 2 yards, 1 carry for 2 yards
Cook: has not played

As Recruits:
Harris: 3-star, No. 16 nationally (enrolled early)
Smith: 2-star, No. 74 nationally (enrolled early)
Cook: 3-star, No. 37 nationally

Outlook: For the first time in the Randy Shannon era, the Hurricanes will enter spring practice knowing who their starting quarterback is expected to be. Sure, Smith and Cook will be given every opportunity to win the job away from Harris but the gap here is much larger than the gap that existed between Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman two years ago and the one that separated Robert Marve and Harris last spring. Harris was the more effective of Miami's two quarterbacks last season, showing the ability to move the football down the field and the ability to score points. He was quite disappointed after losing to Cal in the bowl game and that should have motivated Harris over the last couple months to elevate his game to another level. He's never going to have John Elway's arm but the intangibles are what make Harris so good at times. Unlike last spring and offseason, he'll get most of the first team reps. This spring, especially in new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple's offense, is going to be very important for Harris and both of the other young quarterbacks. Smith is expected to begin spring camp as the No. 2 because of the little experience he got at the beginning of last season.


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