The Hurricanes will host Pittsburgh this Saturday for Senior Day at SunLife Stadium. 12 scholarship seniors will play their final home game as a Hurricane.
Jake Heaps and Ryan Williams both had hopes of becoming the team's starting quarterback before the season. Williams had the job in the spring before an ACL injury knocked him out for several months. Heaps, a transfer from Kansas, was the favorite to win the job in the preseason but he was beaten out by freshman Brad Kaaya.
Phillip Dorsett will leave as one of the most productive wide receivers in school history. He goes into the game with 111 career receptions for 1,984 yards and 15 touchdowns. Rashawn Scott is also a senior but is expected to be granted a redshirt and return to the team for his senior season in 2015.
Clive Walford is a finalist for the John Mackey Award, which is given annually to the best tight end in college football. The school's all-time leading receiver at the tight end position, Walford has 117 career receptions for 1,704 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Shane McDermott and Jonathan Feliciano were both part of Randy Shannon's last recruiting class here. After redshirting their first seasons here, both players have started a whole lot of games and been a key part of Miami's offensive success in recent years.
Olsen Pierre was a lightly recruited player who came over from Temple's recruiting class when Al Golden got the job here. It was a tremendous addition for the Hurricanes, as he's now started 34 games during his Miami career. Fellow defensive lineman Anthony Chickillo, a third generation Hurricane, came here as a five-star recruit and has now started 45 games during his career here. He goes into Senior Day with 14.5 career sacks.
Denzel Perryman will leave Miami as one of the best linebackers to ever play here. A finalist for the Butkus Award, Perryman has started 35 games in his career and now has 347 career tackles. Fellow linebacker Thurston Armbrister was a late addition to Golden's first recruiting class at Miami and turned into a fine player. He's started 21 games and now has 123 total tackles, including 14.5 behind the line of scrimmage.
Not many people knew a whole lot about Ladarius Gunter when he committed to the Hurricanes as a lightly recruited Junior College transfer a few years ago. He's had a very good career here. He's started 28 games and has six career interceptions. Fellow defensive back Nantambu Fentress started his career as a walkon and worked his way into a starting role this season. He's started seven games at safety this season and now has 74 career tackles.
This senior class might not be remembered for winning championships at the University of Miami but most of them had productive careers here and will definitely be remembered for helping Miami through a rough few years because of the NCAA mess. It'll be an honor watching them run through the smoke one last time Saturday night.