The Top 100 Hurricanes, (#90-81)

In my second installment, I break down #90 through #81. Please note, these are only players that played from 1980 to the present. We'll continue the countdown until the season opener against FAMU.

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 Kosar.

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 career starts.

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 effort.

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 real.

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 AP.

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 his play.

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 second quarter.

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

Steve Kim is a rabid Hurricane fan that has been a loyal visitor of Grassy.com for the past four years. Kim, runs his own website MaxBoxing.com and is their lead columnist covering boxing on a daily basis.

For questions and comments email Steve at k9kim@yahoo.com.

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