In addition to Marve, Miami suspends six more players for opener

Updated: August 24, 2008, 11:44 PM ET
Associated Press

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami coach Randy Shannon wanted to avoid a quarterback controversy similar to last year, so he declared Robert Marve his starter Sunday night.

Marve's first start for the Hurricanes will have to wait until Game 2, however.

He and six others were suspended by coach Randy Shannon for the Hurricanes' opener and debut at Dolphins Stadium Thursday night against Charleston Southern.

Marve, a redshirt freshman, will miss the game due to an incident stemming back to last year. He was arrested Oct. 31 for smashing a car mirror and was initially charged with two misdemeanors. Those were later lifted, but Marve is being punished by the University now.

He will be replaced by true freshman Jacory Harris, a Miami native.

The other suspended players are running backs Damien Berry and Eric Houston, defensive end Adewale Ojomo, defensive back Randy Phillips, wide receiver Kayne Farquaharson and long snapper Chris Ivory. Miami officials would not say why those six were suspended.

Of the group, Ojomo had the best chance to start. He would have replaced Allen Bailey and Eric Moncur. Both Moncur and Bailey were not on the depth chart that Shannon released, and have been held out of practice for most of the fall for conditioning-related reasons.

Shannon said Marve's suspension wasn't a surprise and he didn't tell Marve about it earlier because he wanted him and the other quarterbacks to "have a chance to compete."

"Some people may think this is a harsh decision, but one thing I do know is the little things, if you forget about them they add up to big things and they cause a lot of problems for your team," Shannon said.

Marve said he was OK with the decision.

"I trust whatever he did," Marve said. "I messed up, so it's best for the team and I'm here for them."

Marve, Harris and Cannon Smith were in a three-way competition for the starting position. But Marve distanced himself from the two, and was taking snaps with the first team throughout most of fall camp.

Harris said he was thrilled about having the opportunity to start at home in front of friends and family and was going to use the start as an audition.

"This is an opportunity for me to prove myself and showcase my skills and showcase my leadership so that's how I'm looking at it," Harris said.

Shannon said Marve was his starter for Game 2 against No. 5 Florida, no matter how well Harris plays.

"Jacory will play in every game," Shannon said. "Robert Marve will be the starter. We will not have a controversy. If a guy like Jacory can go in and have a tremendous game, Robert Marve still will be the starter. We have to build depth at that position."

Last year, Kirby Freeman and Kyle Wright took turns at quarterback with neither having much success.


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