I stole this pic from Souvenir City, who got it from PostStar.com // Harris shouldn't strike that pose yet.
I'm a Gator, and as TD pointed out in his introduction Wednesday, I'm currently outnumbered by Canes in my own blog. So you know I had to come along and put them in their place.
The 'Canes are 2-0, after sneaking out of Doak Campbell with a win on Labor Day and by throttling "top 15-ranked" Georgia Tech. While I'll have something else about that later on, probably tomorrow, this post is about Jacory Harris.
The sophomore out of Miami Northwestern has been, for lack of better words, brilliant in his first two games of the season. What makes it even more impressive is that he has done it in just his third and fourth career starts. Through those two games he has completed 41/61 passes for 656 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. But above all, he has ice running through his veins when he stands in the pocket.
Stemming from these two starts has been early ruminations of a Jacory Harris for Heisman campaign, most of which has been hype from the Miami fanbase. Of course, that talk has only been fueled by two games on national television (with no other games on at the time), and commentators referencing an interview Harris did on Dan LeBatard's radio show where Harris said if he made it to New York for the Heisman, he would wear a beautiful pink suit with a diamond-studded pimp cup.
But let's pump the breaks here, folks. While Harris has performed superbly in two nationally televised games, the early Heisman talks are a bit out of line. First off, I'd suggest you guys visit Heisman Pundit and check out the "Ten Heismandments." But I'll save you guys the time and tell you myself why Harris won't win the Heisman this season.
Harris is a sophomore. Only two sophomores in history have won the bronzed stiff-arm: Tim Tebow in 2007 and Sam Bradford last season (with Bradford being a redshirt sophomore). For Harris to win, it would mean that three consecutive sophomores will have won the award, and the first three ever to do so. I don't see that happening.
Then there's this: the Heisman has historically been linked to the national title. It's not a rule, but more of a tradition that the Heisman winner usually vies for the national title. Miami would have to run the table, and a few of the big teams in front of them would have to drop a game or two along the way for that to happen.
But wait, didn't Tebow win the Heisman in '07 for a four-loss team? Why yes, yes he did. But that year was special, as most people will tell you. Tebow put up other-wordly numbers, and there was no clear-cut candidate ahead of him, let alone one on a national title contending squad.
So Harris would have to put up record-setting numbers if "The U" doesn't make a run at the BCS title game if any of us want to see that beautiful pink suit. Know what else would have to happen for Harris to win it? The guys that are already "ahead of him" in the minds of voters, you know, the guys who have been there before and established a name for themselves (like Tebow, Colt McCoy, Jahvid Best, etc.) would all have to struggle and fall by the wayside while Harris simultaneously explodes for a monster season.
It's not happening, Miami fans. Not this year at least. I'll tell you one thing though, Harris will be a great quarterback, and he might just be setting himself up for a run at the Heisman... in 2010.