Jacory Harris has concussion

Updated: October 31, 2010, 4:56 PM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Miami quarterback Jacory Harris suffered a concussion in the second quarter of the Hurricanes' 24-19 loss to Virginia on Saturday and is questionable for for the team's upcoming game against Maryland, coach Randy Shannon said in a Sunday teleconference.

If Harris is unable to play on Saturday, Stephen Morris will start.

"Jacory's doing fine right now," Shannon said. "Our medical team, they've done a great job of evaluating and making sure that Jacory is OK. The process of when Jacory's going to be playing will be up to our medical staff."

Backup quarterback A.J. Highsmith couldn't play against Virginia because of an injury to his left hand, which has been "really, really bothering him," according to Shannon. Highsmith's status for Saturday is also questionable.

"We'd love to have him back, but at this point in time we don't know if he'll be able to make it back," Shannon said.

Third-string quarterback Spencer Whipple, son of offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, entered the game but was benched after he threw two interceptions in six pass attempts.

The staff decided to burn Morris' redshirt. He completed 9 of 22 passes for 162 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

"It was tough, but we were trying to win the game," Shannon said of the decision to burn Morris' redshirt. "A.J. has been having this hand injury that has affected him, and we played Spencer, but we felt like now was the time for Stephen Morris to get a shot. He has a little bit stronger arm and we went to him. He did some nice things in the game. It was great to see him get three touchdowns."

Shannon said Harris is "a little sore, but he's in a great mood.

"We're talking to him, and joking around with him, things like that," Shannon added. "He's never been through it, but right now he's feeling great. ... You've got to take this slowly and don't try and force anything back. You've got to make sure you're doing all of the things we ask of you. He was in great spirits this morning."

So by any measure, it was a lost weekend for Miami, which lost Harris and lost control of the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division race. The Hurricanes (5-3, 3-2) aren't out of the division picture, though they're almost certainly going to need three wins and some help to have a chance at finally winning their first ACC title.

Virginia Tech (6-2, 4-0) is comfortably atop the Coastal, though they still have to face Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Miami and Virginia. If Miami wins its last three ACC games, and if the Hokies slip up somewhere else along the way, the Hurricanes could still find their way into the conference title game.

"Now everybody's got to play each other. ... It all plays in a little circle and we have to make sure we take care of our part," Shannon said.

Heather Dinich is ESPN.com's ACC football blogger. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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