What to expect: QB's

The Hurricanes are set to begin fall camp the first week of August. In the meantime, lets take a closer look at what to expect from the 2010 Hurricanes. Our first look is at the quarterback position.

--Jacory Harris, 6-4, 195, Junior

So far: He's 8-5 as the starter at Miami against Div 1 opponents. He's completed right at 60-percent of his passes in both seasons. He threw for just over 1,100 yards as a freshman and over 3,300 as a sophomore. He's thrown 36 touchdown passes but also 24 picks in his first two seasons. He threw just one pick over his final three games (93 passes) in 2009, despite playing with a bad thumb.

Outlook: The former four-star prospect has gotten a lot of hype. Many people have talked about him as being one of the nation's top quarterbacks. That remains to be seen. An 8-5 record and a 1.5:1 TD/INT ratio is decent through two seasons but he can be better -- a lot better. Another year under Mark Whipple's offense should really help him. He sat out spring to rest his thumb and says it's real close to 100-percent so that should not present any problems this season. He's just 3-5 in road games as a starter and that must improve if the Canes have any chance of surviving a tough early road schedule that includes games at Ohio State, Clemson, and Pittsburgh.

2010 Prediction: With the stable of backs the Canes have this season, it's hard to imagine they'll throw it as much as they did last season. That said, look for Harris to again be around 60-percent on his throws, a little over 3,000 yards again, and for his TD/INT ratio to improve some. A lot of offseason work was likely done on cutting down his turnovers so expect that number to go down. Expect a TD/INT ratio that's closer to 2-1.

--A.J. Highsmith, 6-0, 195, Sophomore

So far: Six throws and one run in one college season. He received mop up time in blowout wins over Florida A&M and Viginia last season and completed four-of-six for 53 yards and one touchdown. Every other game was either close late or a loss so he wasn't able to play in those games.

Outlook: He lacks ideal size ( <6-0 ) to be a major college quarterback but he's entering his second year as Jacory's backup. He had a decent spring and will enter fall camp as Jacory's backup. Some believe he could still end up playing safety but the son of former UM great Alonzo Highsmith will likely be called upon to be the team's number two again this season. He's always just one play away so he'll have to be well-prepared.

2010 Prediction: About the same amount of playing time as he received in 2009. It's hard to imagine Harris will make it through another season without missing any time for even a minor injury (even if it's a few snaps) but otherwise, he'll be limited in opportunities. He will likely give away a few of the backup snaps to Whipple as well.

--Spencer Whipple, 6-2, 215, Junior

So far: One career pass. He completed one for 16 yards back in 2008 at UMass. He spent a few years there before transferring to UM. He went through spring drills and did some decent things but he's never played in a game at the Division 1 level before.

Outlook: The southpaw does some nice things. The son of UM offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, he understands the game very well and he can teach a lot of stuff, as a teammate, to Harris. He's an ideal third quarterback to have on this year's team it seems like.

2010 Prediction: A couple passes late in one of the blowout games as the team's No. 3 quarterback.

--Stephen Morris, 6-2, 195, Freshman

So far: A decent spring. Morris was able to graduate high school a semester early so he could take part in spring drills. He showed some progress and did some nice things in the spring game. However, that's just a small glimpse. On the field, he's a true freshman who hasn't done a thing just yet.

Outlook: He has a lot of tools you look for in a quarterback prospect. He's probably the best athlete of all four quarterbacks. He probably has the strongest arm, too. Those are things you can't teach. He's still learning the game and that's where Mark Whipple will really help. He was the only quarterback the Canes signed last year and looks to have some upside moving forward.

2010 Prediction: Redshirt. He could see some playing time but it's unlikely that even if something happens to Jacory that he'll pass both Highsmith and Whipple on the depth chart this fall. He'll likely spend the season on the scout team.

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