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Big hit by DT John-Kevin Dolce changed course of Miami game

With just less than 12 minutes remaining in the second quarter, Miami lined up for a first and 10 from its own 39-yard line. Virginia lined up in its base 4-3 defense, and at the snap, fifth-year senior defensive tackle John-Kevin Dolce bolted off the line of scrimmage. The guard Dolce was lined up against tried to pull out of his position.

A nearby offensive tackle reacted accordingly and tried to down-block Dolce, but the undersized defensive tackle evaded the attempt. At that point, Dolce had a clear path to Miami junior quarterback Jacory Harris. He charged, smashing his helmet into Harris's chest and plowing Harris into the ground. Harris's pass attempt on that play was intercepted by junior cornerback Chase Minnifield.

Dolce got up and began to celebrate the turnover with his teammates. Harris remained on the ground for six minutes and then slowly walked to the sideline, surrounded by numerous members of Miami's medical staff.

"It kind of rung my bell as well," Dolce said. "All I saw after was that Chase got the pick, and that’s really what I was concerned about. I got all excited for the interception, but everyone was telling me I got a big hit off the play."

Harris did not return to the game. Miami Coach Randy Shannon said Harris was not knocked unconscious and was not transported to a hospital. Shannon said he could not provide any further update on the nature or severity of Harris's injury.

Miami replaced Harris with junior Spencer Whipple, who threw two interceptions before the end of the second quarter. Whipple then was pulled at halftime in favor of true freshman Stephen Morris, who also threw two interceptions before leading Miami on a fourth-quarter rally that produced 19 unanswered points.

“Jacory was their leader,” Dolce said. “And it was something that changed the game, taking him out.”

By Steve Yanda  | October 30, 2010; 6:19 PM ET
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This is football, right? As far as I understand, Dolce did what he is supposed to do, hit the quarterback as hard as he can within the framework of the rules. He should be applauded, not questioned.

Posted by: slar | October 31, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

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