Miami QB battle: Harris and Morris in 'a dead heat'

Miami's quarterback derby continues to heat up, as senior Jacory Harris and sophomore Stephen Morris are competing for the right to line up under center in the team's opener against Maryland on Sept. 5.

Jacory HarrisICONWill Jacory Harris win the starting job under center in his senior season?

First-year Hurricanes head coach Al Golden and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch still have not seen any separation between the two since the competition began in earnest this past spring. Early in fall camp, it looks as if the decision won't get any easier for Golden and his new staff.

It's looking more and more like a decision won't be made until the team conducts its second scrimmage on Aug. 22.

“We’ve had five practices now and you look at the stats, you look at the completion percentages, you look at the touchdowns, you look at all that and it’s like a dead heat right now,” Golden said. “It doesn’t look like it’s going to be resolved before that time.”

But in case any Miami fan is worried about the uncertainty under center, Golden doesn't seem to be fretting too much. After all, what's not to like about a little healthy competition?

“Yeah, it’s good,” he said. “If they’re going to keep competing, that’s great. Neither one is backing down, and the team is rallying around both of them.”

Unless Morris seriously separates himself in this battle by that Aug. 22 date, it's hard to see the 'Canes bypassing the senior Harris, who possesses a multitude of talents but is coming off of a turnover-prone 2010 campaign.

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