Only three games into his college career, Miami quarterback Robert Marve has emerged as an unquestioned leader in the Hurricanes' locker room.
And that's even without a signature win.
Marve's teammates - on offense and defense - point to two instances from last week's 28-24 loss to North Carolina as proof of what kind of leader the redshirt freshman out of Plant High has become. One was the last drive of the game, when Marve narrowly missed Kayne Farquharson with what would have been a winning touchdown pass on the final play.
The other didn't show up in highlight packages.
In the first quarter, Marve threw a third-down pass toward Thearon Collier, who leaped in a failed effort to make a catch and tumbled awkwardly to the ground. Knowing his teammate was hurt, Marve ran to his side, where he remained until Collier trotted off the field with an undisclosed injury.
"That's just the type of guy he is," offensive tackle Jason Fox said. "I guess the best way to say it is he cares so much about this team. He goes out and works hard every day. Not only does he not want to let this team down, he wants to go out there and lead this team. He's always the one in the huddle out there, firing everyone up."