Miami has become anything but Quarterback U. these days.
The school that produced Jim Kelly, Vinny Testaverde, Bernie Kosar, Craig Erickson and Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta is having trouble finding a healthy body to man the position.
Starter Ryan Clement, recovering from a shoulder separation, took just one snap in practice and dropped the ball in obvious pain. Backup Scott Covington sat out the workout after spending the previous night in the hospital with a stubborn virus and a partially collapsed lung.
If neither can play Saturday night at unbeaten and 12th-ranked West Virginia (7-0), the 25th-ranked Hurricanes (4-2) will turn to 18-year-old freshman Steve Kelly, who has yet to play in a game. "Of course I'm a little nervous," Kelly said.
Another school is having quarterback problems of its own. Maryland's Brian Cummings, still feeling the effects of a concussion he sustained last Saturday in the Terrapins' 52-0 rout of Wake Forest, missed a second straight practice.