Without question, the University of Miami and Ohio State University have had the most discussed off-seasons in all of college sports this past year, and now the two polarizing and highly discussed programs will do battle this Saturday night at Sun Life Stadium (90.5 WVUM at 7 PM).
In Part 2 of our 5 part preview, Kyle Sielaff covers the quarterback controversy at Miami, and the new, but old starter at Ohio St.
By: KYLE SIELAFF
It’s all about the who?
If you want to win games in college football you need to have a little stability. Where does that start? You guessed it, the quarterback position. What does the University of Miami currently lack? You guessed it, a true quarterback.
It has been an offseason filled with promise and a new sense of urgency. A new head coach, and a heated quarterback battle that lasted for nearly six months. But right before the Hurricanes broke camp and headed to Maryland for the 2011 opener, the NCAA suspended eight Miami players. Senior quarterback, Jacory Harris, would headline the suspensions.
Fast-forward to September 5th, the start of the regular season… 32-24 Maryland over Miami. Stephen Morris, 19 for 28, 195 yards, a rushing touchdown, and two interceptions.
September 7th… After serving a one game suspension Al Golden named Harris as his starter against Ohio St.
It is what it is, but the Hurricanes lack consistency at the quarterback position. To the best of our knowledge Harris will be on a short leash this weekend, so if he gets pulled… then what? Morris re-enters as the quarterback and the coaching staff is forced to change the playbook and tailor to his needs.
Miami must create some type flow within the offense and quarterback. Through the good, the bad, and the ugly stick with one guy, he is your guy, physical mistakes will happen, interceptions will be thrown, and we know that. It’s after all, Jacory Harris. A guy once touted as a Heisman candidate. When he is good, he is really good, when he is bad… he is simply awful, but that’s the nature of the beast.
Morris will do fine, after Harris graduates. Tell Harris he is your guy, allow him and the rest of the team to believe that, and don’t let the quarterback situation hang in the balance.
Who says the old guy can’t do it?
With the 2004 fourth-round draft pick, the Pittsburgh Pirates select Joe Bauserman, Lincoln High.
Baseball America rated him as having the best changeup in the Pirates farm system.
At 25 years of age Bauserman has had quite the experience so far to say the least. A professional baseball player turned starting quarterback of one of the most recognizable college football programs in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes.
As a senior Bauserman is now getting his chance to shine. Baseball didn’t pan out, so what’s next, professional football? Quite the athlete if I may say myself.
Two games in as the starting quarterback of the Buckeyes, Bauserman has thrown four touchdowns, rushed for one, and has yet to throw an interception.
He can brush the old man talk off his shoulder.
It’s the perfect scenario for the Buckeyes. First year head coach Luke Fickell is relying on Bauserman to carry the Buckeyes to a magical season following the resignation of long time head coach Jim Tressel.
Even better, Fickell can rely on Bauserman to mentor young quarterback Braxton Miller, as he will presumably take over starting duties next season.
Starting 2-0 always looks good on paper, however, there are still questions surrounding this Ohio St. team.
Bauserman was unimpressive in their win over Toledo this past weekend. Although he did not throw an interception he was tardy on a lot of his throws. He missed open receivers several times, left a few short, and a couple behind his targets, mistakes he can not afford to make against a quick Hurricane defense who return several starters whom were ineligible a week ago.