90- Darren Krein (90-93): At the beginning of his career, Krein, a highly touted recruit from Colorado was best known for filing suit against the University of Miami to get out of his letter of intent because Jimmy Johson had left in the spring of 89 to coach the Dallas Cowboys.
In the end, Krein stuck it out at Miami and he would
have a solid career. After being converted from
linebacker to defensive end, he would form an
effective tandem with Kevin Patrick in 92 and 93. He
would garner first team All-Big East honors in 93 and
finish his career with 18 career sacks.
His most memorable moment would come though as a pass
defender, when he would pick off an errant throw from
Penn St quarterback John Sacca( who was being
pressured by Jessie Armstead) and take it to the
house. It would be the deciding points in Miami's
17-14 win at Happy Valley.
89- Mark Rush (79-82): Rush played an integral part in
the Hurricane emergence in the early 80's. Rush was
always in one as he ranks ninth on the all-time UM all
purpose yardage list with 2,815 yards and his 1,066
yards ranks fourth on the all-time kick return list.
Rush was a valuable member of the 81 team that
reintroduced Miami to bowls as they downed Virginia
Tech 20-10 in the 81 Peach Bowl.
88- Danyell Ferguson (92-96): Ferguson, a highly
touted back out of Columbus High in 92 was a quick,
shifty back with good speed. After being beset by
injuries early in his career and generally being
underused in Dennis Erickson's spread offense,
Ferguson would break out in 95, in Butch Davis' first
year as the Hurricane head coach.
In that 95 campaign, Ferguson would rush for 1,069
yards( fifth highest for a season at UM) and it was
the first thousand yard rushing season at UM since
Ottis Anderson accomplished the feat in 1978. Sadly,
in his senior year he would be suspended early for his
part in 'Limogate' and his football career would be
ended with a hip injury in West Virginia.
Ferguson, would end up fifth on the all-time UM
rushing list with 2,214 yards.
87- Alvin Ward (81-84): In reality Ward shares this
spot with linemates, Pat Bertucelli, Juan Comendeiro,
Ian Sinclair and Dave Heffernen. In an era of
ever-growing behemoth lineman that were road graters
for option and wishbone offenses. This orange and
green wall provided able pass protection for Bernie
It seemed like Kosar had all the time in the world to
pick out his intended reciever in the 84 Orange Bowl.
86- Mike Sullivan (87-90): Started on two national
title teams( 87 and 89) and he personified the tough
guy image of the Hurricanes upfront. Not only was
Sullivan versatile- as he could play both guard and
tackle effectively, but he was consistent as the sun
rising in the east as he shares the UM mark with 48
85- Rodney Bellinger (80,82-83): This scrappy little
cornerback was an overachieving type that started in
his senior year for the 83 championship squad.
Bellinger, made up for his lack of size in heart and
84- Jerome McDougle (01-): McDougle, a JC transfer
was like an urban legend coming into the 2001 season.
Stories surfaced about his performances on the scout
team against Bryant McKinnie but unlike Big Foot or
the Lochness Monster, McDougle turned out to be very
While his sack total(7) wasn't extraordinary, his 48
quarterback hurries were. It was an indication of just
how disruptive he was in helping lead a defense that
allowed just 117 points last year in 12 games.
McDougle is a complete player that in addition to his
pass-rushing skills, plays with great leverage and
strength and is stout against the run.
In his first year at UM he earned first team All-Big
East honors and named third team All-American by the
83- Dexter Seigler (90-93): Seigler holds the UM mark
with Bennie Blades for most consecutive games with an
interception at five. Seigler, didn't have great
speed, but he was a smart and savvy corner that rarely
got beat. Reliable, would be the best way to describe
Seigler would be named first team All-Big East in 93.
82- Coleman Bell (90-92): Bell was a sure handed
tight-end that excelled in the underneath routes in
Dennis Ericksons spread attack. Not only did he have
good speed but he was a strong runner after the catch.
In 91 he would grab 28 passes for 386 yards and one
touchdown and then in 92 he would improve his numbers
to 43 catches for 634 yards and two touchdowns.
Bell would make some key plays in both Wide Right I
and II. In 91, he would make a circus grab over Errol
McCorvey on second and long deep into the 4th quarter
with Miami trailing FSU 16-10. The catch would give UM
a key first down and set the stage for the game
winning drive. The next year he would score Miami's
lone touchdown on a pass from Gino Torreta in the
81- Cleveland Gary (86-88): Gary, a transfer from
Georgia would have to wait his turn behind the likes
of Melvin Bratton, Alonzo Highsmith and Warren
Williams would shine when he finally got his chance to
play extensively in 88.
He would lead the team with 57 receptions and in
rushing with 480 yards. He was a solid inside runner
but where he really excelled was catching the ball out
of the backfield from Steve Walsh with his soft hands.
While he may always be remembered for the
controversial call on Notre Dame's goaline in the
Hurricane's heartbreaking 31-30 loss that season, you
can't overlook his three touchdown performance against
Michigan where he and Walsh lead UM to a thrilling
31-30 comeback win. Time and time again Gary would
come out of the backfield to make big plays.
Part 1 - #101-91
Part 2 - #90-81
Part 3 - #80-71
Part 4 - #70-61
Part 5 - #60-51
Part 6 - #50-41
Part 7 - #40-31
Part 8 - #30-21
Part 9 - #20-10
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