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Harris‘ only score against the Seminoles came on a bootleg late in the first half, a play where he seemed to be almost dragging his leg across the field to get into the end zone. Harris aggravated his groin early in the game and was limping all night, though never came out until the debacle was out of reach in the final minutes.

Shannon made this clear Tuesday: Harris is still Miami’s leader.

“He’s the same Jacory because he’s a competitor,” Shannon said. “He knows what pain is and he plays with it and he understands it. There’s pain and there’s hurt. Hurt, you cannot play. He’s in pain. We know that. But you know, like anything, it’s a part of football. It’s muscles that he has hurt. It’s not bones or ligaments or stuff like that. So there’s a big difference.”

Shannon and Harris both have a strong idea of what Duke will try this weekend. The Blue Devils will blitz, and often, especially after Harris struggled mightily when Florida State sent blitz packages at him last weekend.

Harris has nine interceptions in five games, and Duke plans on adding to that total.

“He’s a great quarterback. He can take off on you. He’s somebody that you definitely have to contain,” Duke defensive end Patrick Egboh said. “But I feel like if we just put some pressure on him, he’ll throw up a couple picks.”

Pressure on game day, that’s one thing.

Pressure on game week is something else. And the Hurricanes say that their quarterback isn’t showing any signs of buckling under it yet.

“That guy, you wouldn’t know if something bad’s happening to him or not,” cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke said. “He keeps the same smile on his face, same character every day. He’s still Jacory. Confidence is still there.”


AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary in Durham, N.C. contributed.