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Miami and Georgia Tech turn to young backup QBs

Miami and Georgia Tech turn to young backup QBs

Miami and Georgia Tech turn to young backup QBs


    ATLANTA — Only two weeks ago, Saturday's Miami-Georgia Tech game looked like an attractive matchup of two of the Atlantic Coast Conference's most accomplished quarterbacks.
    Instead, two of the league's least experienced quarterbacks are starting for Miami's Jacory Harris and Georgia Tech's Joshua Nesbitt.
    Harris will miss his second straight game since suffering a concussion on Oct. 30 at Virginia. Freshman Stephen Morris, who led the Hurricanes to a 26-20 comeback win over Maryland last week, will make his second start.
    Nesbitt will miss the rest of the regular season after suffering a broken right forearm in last week's loss at Virginia Tech. Sophomore Tevin Washington will make his first start.
    The injuries to the quarterbacks leave huge voids on each team.
    Nesbitt has rushed for the most yards and touchdowns of any quarterback in ACC history. His average of 81.9 yards rushing this season ranks first among quarterbacks and fifth among all players in the league.
    Harris is second on Miami's career records with 50 touchdown passes, more than Vinny Testeverde, Steve Walsh, Gino Torretta and Bernie Kosar.
    Harris has 1,646 yards passing with 14 touchdowns this season.
    Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said he first thought his Yellow Jackets might be catching a break by not having to face Harris. Then Johnson saw Morris pass for 286 yards against Maryland.
    "I think this quarterback is really going to be a good player," said Johnson of Morris. "People might say 'Wow, you've got a backup quarterback' and then you watch him play and think 'Man, we might not have got the best out of that bargain.'"

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