QB Jacory Harris hurt on hard hit

Updated: October 30, 2010, 5:41 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Jacory Harris left No. 22 Miami's 24-19 loss at Virginia in the second quarter after absorbing a huge hit.

Harris had just released a deep pass when defensive tackle John-Kevin Dolce hit him squarely in the chest.

"When you chop the head off a giant, the rest of the body goes with it," said Dolce, who squared up Harris' chest just as he released a pass, sending him airborne.

Harris' head appeared to hit the turf first, and he remained down for 4 minutes.

"Jacory was their leader and what changed the game was taking him out," Dolce said.

The pass was intercepted by Chase Minnifield and no flag was thrown.

Harris lay flat on his back for several minutes as trainers attended to him, and drew cheers when he finally sat up. He was helped off the field and to the locker room. He did not return, and Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon said he had no information on Harris' condition.

The impact was felt on both sidelines.

"We let our brother get hurt," center Tyler Horn said. "There's no worse feeling than seeing that and knowing that's because of the offensive line, that's because of us."

Spencer Whipple replaced Harris at quarterback for the Hurricanes. After Whipple threw two interceptions, the Hurricanes started the second half with true freshman Stephen Morris and burned his redshirt in the process.

A.J. Highsmith, who was Miami's No. 2 quarterback, has been out with a hand/wrist injury.

Information from ESPN.com's Heather Dinich and The Associated Press was used in this report.