Friday, May 11, 2012 at 5:08 p.m.
Detractors could point to the saga of Jacory Harris as a prime example of why prospective players shouldn't sign with the Miami Hurricanes. At one point he was a buzzed about potential superstar in the making. No one blinked an eye when terms like "Heisman dark horse" and "Future NFL QB" were brandied about. By the time he graduated he was awardless, un-drafted and marred by the Shapiro scandal and a whole bunch of pick offs.
Though, there's still hope the Jacory tale could have a happy ending. He's just signed an actual contract
with a Philadelphia Eagler after completing rookie minicamp with the Dolphins, but whether or not he'll ever make it the opening day roster is another story.
Thoughts Harris could one day be an NFL QB weren't completely unfounded. The former Mr. Football Florida did rack up more passing yards and touchdowns than any single QB in Hurricanes history aside from Ken Dorsey. Of course, along with those 70 TDs, he did have 48 interceptions.
It Wasn't Jacory's fault though that his time at UM included two head coaches and three offensive coordinators. It seemed like no one was really able to help him develop properly. Though, the NFL isn't exactly a league that likes to spend a lot of time nurturing struggling players. Though, who knows, if he gels with the right coaching staff and puts a bit more weight on his lanky frame he could have a solid career of backup QB duty yet. Yes, maybe one day he could be as good as a Dolphins starter. There's also the possibility he could switch to the running back position.
Harris is now one of five QBs on the Eagles' roster Mike Vick, Mike Kafka, Trent Edwards,and Nick Foles. He'd really have to impress to make it to the opening 53 person roster.