Hurricane Elite: DE

Has there been a program that has sent as many quality defensive linemen to the next level like Miami the past two decades? From burly tackles inside who could collapse the pocket and disrupt the running game, to ends who could come off the edge and harass the quarterback, nobody brought the heat up front like the Hurricanes.

DEFENSIVE END

Tie-10 - Darren Krein (90-93): Krein made immediate headlines upon signing his letter of intent with Miami by suing to get out of it after Jimmy Johnson departed for Dallas. But soon he would make noise on the field after moving from linebacker to defensive end.

Krein formed a prolific bookend duo with Kevin Patrick in the early 90's. He would register 18 career sacks and be named first team All-Big East in 1993.

His most memorable play, however, would come as a pass defender, his interception and scamper into the Penn St. end zone in Happy Valley were the winning points in Miami's tight, 17-14 win over the Nittany Lions in '92.

Tie-10 - Jamaal Green (99-02): Green is one of the more overlooked and underrated players in recent memory. Green was never a full-time player but he was a highly productive one that could have starred at many other programs.

Despite having to share time at end with players like Jerome McDougle and Cornelius Green, he would always get his share of quarterback sacks. Using his superior athletic ability he would manage 24 career sacks, which ranks fourth all-time at UM.

Not bad for a part-time player.

9 - Kevin Fagan (83-85): This guy is often overlooked because a serious knee injury hampered his NFL career, but Fagan was a strong all-around player who was among the strongest players this program has ever seen, with his 560-pound bench press.

When he was healthy, Fagan was a stout lineman who could consistently give a good push up front. His three sacks would lead the '84 squad.

8 - Jerome McDougle (01-02): McDougle, a JC transfer, made an immediate impact once he hit the field in 2001. He would make a splash with seven quarterback sacks and an incredible 48 quarterback hurries. Also to his credit was an interception he took back for a score against Washington. McDougle was a key component in Miami's national championship defense.

In '02, McDougle would come back with another seven sacks and 26 quarterback hurries. For his efforts he was named first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, a Hendricks Award Finalist, and a semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award.

When he was on top of his game, he was a guy who could rush the passer with his wide variety of moves and hold steady defending the run with this tree-trunk lower body.

7 - Bill Hawkins (85-88): When he was healthy, Hawkins was a highly productive player who tallied 22 sacks, 223 tackles and 18 tackles for loss throughout his run at Miami. Hawkins was a solid all-around player, and his 57 assists in 1987 is a single-season record for defensive ends at Miami.

Hawkins could play either end or tackle, but it was coming off the edge where he was most effective. In his senior year, he would be given All-American recognition by ESPN, Kodak and the Walter Camp Foundation, along with being among 12 semi-finalists for the Lombardi Award.

6 - Kenny Holmes (93-96): For three years, Holmes and his running mate Kenard Lang terrorized quarterbacks. Holmes was your classic edge rusher, blessed with a quick burst off the line and good closing speed.

Holmes was a key figure in one of Miami's most imposing fronts in 1994, which included luminaries like Lang, Sapp and Pat Riley. His 30 career sacks ranks third all-time at Miami.

For his efforts Holmes was named All-Big East in both 1995 and 1996.

5 - Kenard Lang (94-96): If you wanted to draw up a prototype of what a defensive end should look like, it would be Lang. At 6'4, 260 pounds, Lang was an imposing figure with the athletic ability to match.

He would be named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 1994, with his eight sacks and 15 quarterback hurries. Lang had an ability to close in quickly on his targets and explode through them. He remains one of the hardest-hitting defensive linemen that has passed through this program.

In just three seasons, he would rack up 23 sacks, good for fourth all-time among UM linemen.

4 - Kevin Patrick (90-93): Here was a guy that just loved being a 'Cane. Every time you heard him talk, you just got the feeling he bled orange-and-green. In the early 90's Patrick was a Hurricane mainstay, making 30 career starts.

His most memorable game was his hat-trick against Charlie Ward and the Noles in the legendary Wide Right II game of 1992. His three sacks led a fierce Hurricane pass rush that trapped Ward eight times. Led by that valiant effort, Miami would hold on for a 19-16 win.

Patrick had only one speed - fast. He never took a down off and despite being a bit undersized, he still registered 23 career sacks (good for fifth all-time at UM). In addition to being named first-team All Big East twice in '92 and '93, he was also a consensus All-American in 1993 and the Big East Defensive Player of the Year with his 10 sacks.

3 - Rusty Medearis (90-92, 94): Who knows what heights Medearis reaches if he never gets injured against Arizona in 1992? Up until that point he had 24 sacks in 20 career games, well on his way to becoming the most prolific sack artist in Miami history.

Medearis was your classic undersized Miami end, but he had a motor that could have won the Indy 500. He consistently gave second, third and fourth efforts. He burst onto the scene with 5.5 sacks in his first career start against Texas Tech in 1990, earning Sports Illustrated Player of the Week honors.

By the end of 1991 he was named the top defensive end by College and Pro Football News weekly and was named second team All-American by the Associated Press and The Sporting News.

He was never the same after his knee injury – after sitting out all of 1993, he made a brief comeback in 1994. But Medearis and his spirit will never be forgotten by the Miami faithful.

2 - Greg Mark (86-89): At many other programs, Mark would have been your classic 'tweener.' A bit small to be a true defensive lineman, but maybe not quick enough to play linebacker. But at Miami, he was the perfect end, a bit smallish, but quick and relentless.

Mark would open eyes by filling in at defensive tackle for a departed Dan Sileo in the '87 opener against Florida. Although he weighed just 240-ish, he more than held his own inside in Miami's 31-4 conquest over the Gators. Despite his lack of real bulk, his 53 assists that season inside is tops at Miami for a single season.

But as he moved outside to end, he really flourished. What Mark really excelled at was getting to the quarterback and he showed it in 1989 with 15.5 sacks. For his efforts he was named Sun Bank's Defensive Player of the Year. On a line with names like Maryland, Kennedy, Jones and Pegues, Mark may have stood out the most. For his career he would total 34.5 sacks - good for second all-time in Miami history - in addition to 253 stops.

1 - Danny Stubbs (84-87): Ok, Stubbs wasn't going to do much stopping the run, but he knew what his job was- to go and get the quarterback. And nobody did it better than this native of Red Bank, New Jersey.

Plain and simple, he was the best pure edge rusher to ever play at Miami. And this fiery and intense player would play hard - sometimes all the way through the whistle. His 39.5 sacks ranks first all-time at UM and his 17.5 sacks in 1986 is the best single-season output ever. For that season, he would earn second team All-American honors and AP All-South Independent honors.

In 1987, in helping lead Miami to its second national championship, he would be a consensus All-American and a finalist for the Outland Trophy. For his career he would total 139 assists (tops among all ends), 267 tackles and 25 tackles for loss.

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