Trio Of Canes Up For Player Of The Year

Placing a fifth football national championship trophy in the Hecht Athletic Center without question would take priority, but the Hurricanes might want to save a little space for additional honors.

Before ending preparations for their matchup at Boston College Saturday afternoon, several Hurricanes players found out they are in the running for one of college football's top awards.

Free safety Edward Reed, offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie and quarterback Ken Dorsey were all named semifinals for the Football News offensive or defensive player of the year awards. The Hurricanes three representatives equals the University of Florida for the most of any school.

Dorsey, who is also a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, has thrown for 1,782 yards and 15 touchdowns in seven games this season, while playing in the fourth quarter of just two of those contest. The junior from Orinda, California is 21-1 as a starter and already owns numerous UM passing records including career touchdown passes. Dorsey passed both Steve Walsh and Vinny Testaverde with his 49th and 50th career touchdown passes against Temple last week.

Reed, a senior, leads the nation with seven interceptions and has become the leader of a defensive unit that ranks first among Division I teams in pass efficiency (82.25), scoring (9.29 per game), turnover margin (+2.43), in addition to being third in passing yardage allowed (143.3). Reed tied the UM career interceptions mark of 19 against the Owls and is second in school history in interception return yards (298).

Reed, a consensus first –team All-American last year, also has five career blocks and his turnovers produced have led to 107 points.

McKinnie, also a semifinalist for the Lombardi and Outland Awards, has started 18 games since arriving at Miami and hasn't allowed a sack during that span. McKinnie, named a first-team Football News All-American last season, was an All-Big East selection in 2000.

A list of five finalists for each award will be announced Nov. 20 with the winners being announced Dec. 12.

COACH OF THE YEAR?: UM head coach Larry Coker is one of ten semifinalists for the 2001 Football News coach of the year award. Among some of the other candidates for the award: Mike Price (Washington State), Frank Solich (Nebraska), Ralph Friedgen (Maryland) and Paul Pasqualoni (Syracuse). Winner to be announced Dec.12.

ONE-SIDED: The Hurricanes hold a 19-3 advantage in the all-time series against Boston College, including a current 11-game winning streak. Miami also holds sthe nation's longest winning streak, currently at 17.

INJURY UPDATE: Coker said that defensive ends Andrew Williams (knee), Cornelius Green (turf toe), reserve linebacker Darrell McGlover (knee) and safety Jermell Weaver (knee) will not play against Boston College. Starting right guard Sherko Haji-Rasouli, who suffered a torn ACL in practice this week, is also out.

Senior Daryl Jones will play after missing two consecutive games with an ankle sprain, although sophomore receiver Kevin Beard is likely to start.

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