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Jacory Harris to start

Miami has a starting quarterback.

Hurricanes interim coach Jeff Stoutland said junior Jacory Harris will start against Notre Dame when the two 7-5 teams play in the Sun Bowl at 2 p.m. Friday

Harris was competing with freshman Stephen Morris for the starting job in the practices leading up to the bowl game, and he got a slight edge on Morris when the freshman injured his ankle during practice Tuesday.

"I just feel like he puts us in the best position to win the football game," Stoutland said during Thursday's head coaches news conference in El Paso, Texas. "We talked to both players this morning about that. Stephen Morris is available to play if need be. He's getting a lot better. He got dinged a little bit here in practice."

Harris is 15-8 as a starter and started eight of the nine games he played in this season. He threw for 1,756 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Morris started four of five games he played in and threw for 958 yard with five touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Stoutland didn't rule out using Morris at some point in Friday's game.

"We're going to play it by ear right now," Stoutland said.

Miami will also have running back Mike James available for the game. James' mother, Elgusta, died Dec. 20 in a car accident, and he didn't travel with the team to El Paso.

James, who ran for 384 yards and three touchdowns, will play in the game instead of attending the funeral.

"He just left Chicago now, so he'll be here at 1:15 (p.m.)," Stoutland said.

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