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Diaco talks Miami quarterbacks

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco isn't sweating out which quarterback will play for Miami in Friday's Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

Freshman Stephen Morris injured his left ankle in practice Wednesday, and it is not known if junior Jacory Harris will get the start for the Hurricanes by default. The two have been competing for the starting job since bowl preparations began.

"Like has happened a couple of different times during the course of the year where you see a team has a real plan and personnels their positions accordingly," Diaco said during Wednesday's coordinators news conference. "These two players' tangible traits seem very similar. The plan is the same when either one comes in. They are athletic and fast. They have good arm strength, so they can make all the throws. They both really throw well on the move. They're very similar players.

"We don't really have a clear picture on what (Morris') health is like, and frankly, I'm hopeful that he is OK. It's icy on the cake for a young man to play in a bowl game as the crescendo to his season. I hope he has the opportunity to do that."

Harris played in nine games, making eight starts this season. He threw for 1,756 yards and 14 touchdowns. Morris played in five games, making four starts. He threw for 958 yards and five touchdowns.

"I think that he came in and represented what they were looking for from the quarterback position well," Diaco said of Morris. "He's got similar tangible traits to Jacory in terms of how he throws, how he runs, how his body moves, how he operates and conducts the offense. Not much seemed to change when one went out and one came in. I thought as a young guy he did an admirable job, and he's going to be a productive player there and have a wonderful career."

Both Miami quarterbacks were prone to throwing interceptions. Harris was picked off 12 times, and Morris threw eight interceptions.

Diaco said Notre Dame will not do anything different on defense to take advantage of Miami's pension for interceptions.

"We'll just operate within our framework of how we call defense and how our players play structurally inside that," Diaco said. "As the game unfolds, we will see where it goes."

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