No. 2 Jacory Harris
What was good: Harris is one of many stories of unfulfilled promise at the U. After splitting time with the very highly touted Robert Marve, Harris ascended to the starting job as a sophomore in 2009 and held the job for the next three seasons, throwing for more than 8,000 yards along with 70 touchdowns. He also happens to be the last Hurricane quarterback to beat hated Florida State, throwing for a career-high 386 yards and two touchdowns in Miami’s upset of the Noles in 2009. It seemed like a lock that a player capable of so much, so young, would go on to become one of the all-time greats in the program’s storied history.
What was bad: Sadly, the Canes finished 13-12 in Harris’ final two seasons, averaging just 26 points a game as Harris threw a combined 24 interceptions (he finished with 48 in his career). His picks tended to be as colorful as his sense of fashion — he famously promised to wear a pink suit and bring a pimp cup to the Heisman ceremony in an interview with Dan LeBatard early in his career — almost always down the field and into double coverage. Spencer Hall once famously wrote:
34. Miami QB Jacory Harris will have a spectacular season provided he can overcome his inner Rex Grossman, since Harris does tend to have a "F--- it, I'm going deep" streak in him.
Harris would throw 15 interceptions against just 14 touchdowns that season (2010). His head coach, Randy Shannon, would be fired shortly thereafter. Harris would be also suspended for the first game of the Al Golden Era due to involvement in the Nevin Shapiro scandal.
No. 3 Steve Taneyhill
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Okay, for real, Taneyhill holds the South Carolina school records for single-season (29) and career (62) touchdown passes, and led the Gamecocks through their brutal first three seasons in the SEC — including a 7-5 1994 season. He also threw 37 interceptions and finished with a career passer rating of 130.