The Top 100 Hurricanes, (#80-71)

In my third installment, I break down #80 through #71. Please note, these are only players that played from 1980 to the present. We'll continue the countdown until the season opener against FAMU. The choices get tougher and tougher the closer we get!

80- Warren Williams (84-87): Williams always seemed to be overshadowed by the more spectacular Mel Bratton and Alonzo Highsmith, but you can't forget the valuable work this blue-collar runner put in.

Williams despite being overlooked led the 85 and 87 teams in rushing and would finish tenth in all-time rishing at UM with 1,734.

He may not have been a superstar, but he's the type of player that is the foundation for championship quality teams.

79- Bill Hawkins (85-88): Hawkins would battle injuries at UM, but when he was healthy he was a very productive lineman who could play either tackle or end.

Hawkins, who had a quick burst of the line and had good strength, would finish tied at sixth on the UM list of career sacks with 22 and tally 223 career tackles. Hawkins would be named first team All-American in his senior campaign.

78- Randall Hill (87-90): 'the Thrill' would infuriate opposing players and fans( and even some Miami supporters) with his over-the-top antics, but this guy was productive and he made some big plays.

Who can forget his 44 yard catch against Notre Dame in 89 that came on 3rd and 43 in what ended up being one of the greatest drives in college football history. Or his run up the Cotton Bowl tunnel after burning Texas on a deep route, where he would proceed to shoot down 'the Sheriff' Stanley Richard. He was the Bart Simpson of this program, he may have annoyed you, but he was entertaining.

Hill would finish his UM career as the all-time leader in kickoff return yardage with 1,169, eigth in career catches with 107, eight in recieving yards at 1,643 and eleventh in touchdown catches with 11. Now, that's something to celebrate.

77- Andre Johnson (00-): They call Randy Moss 'the Freak', Johnson then, is 'the Specimen' because at 6'3, 225 pounds you can't build'em any better than Johnson. Along with his imposing size he possesses great strength and speed.

In his first year as a starter he would grab 37 balls for 685 yards and 10 touchdowns in the regular season. His ten scores through the air tied for second in a single season at Miami. In the Rose Bowl he would have a breakout performance where he earned co-MVP honors by torching the Nebraska secondary for 7 catches, 199 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Many knowledgable observers of the program say he is the most gifted reciever Miami has had since Michael Irvin and the scary thing is, he may be only scratching the surface of his potential.

76- Brett Romberg (99-): In his two years at center this Canadien import has gotten better and better. He was very good in 2000 and was even better last year where he was named first team All-American by Sportsline.com and a Remington Finalist- an award given to the nations best center. Already a two-time All-Big East selection, he looks to contend for even more honors his senior year.

Romberg, is an explosive blocker who is quick off the ball. Last year, this free spirit anchored an offensive line that many consider the best ever at the collegiate level.

75- Horace Copeland (90-92): 'Hi-C' was a tall and rangy target that was the best deep threat of the vaunted 'Ruthless Posse' He would lead the 92 squad with 47 catches and 769 yards.

But what he will really be remembered for is a series of big plays during his two years as a starter. In the 91 season opener he would set a UM record with a 99-yard pass against Arkansas from Gino Torreta that set the big-play tone for the 91 National Champions. Against Penn St. at the Orange Bowl, Copeland would beat the Lions on a deep post-pattern for a touchdown in the Canes 26-20 win. But his biggest play of the year was a key 4th and 6 catch in front of Terrell Buckley at Doak Campbell versus FSU to continue a drive that turned out to be the game winner in Wide Right I.

74- Kenny Holmes (93-96): Holmes, a Vero Beach product was a quick defensive end that excelled at bringing the heat off the edges.

He was a three year starter at UM who finished up as the third all-time leader sacker at 30. He and Kenard Lang formed an effective duo at end from 94-96. In 95 and 96 he would be named to the All-Big East team.

73- Ronnie Lippett (80-82): Along with All-American Fred Marion, Lippett anchored a strong UM secondary in the early 80's before moving onto a successful career in the NFL with the New England Patriots.

Lippett's ten career INT's ties him for ninth on the all-time career list at UM.

72- Jesse Armstead (89-92): the nations top rated recruit in 1989, 'Superman' made an immediate impact on the 89 championship squad as a daredevil special teamer. A starter his sophmore year, he would injure his knee badly against FSU and miss the rest of the season.

Because of that ailment he never seemed to regain the quickness and explosiveness he showed as a freshman but he was still a key member of the famed 'Bermuda Triangle' linebacker core than included Darrin Smith and Michael Barrow.

But he still made some big plays, as it was his pressure on John Sacca that caused Sacca's errant pass into the awaiting arms of Darren Krein who scored what would be Miami's decisive points in their 17-14 victory over the Nittany Lions in 92.

71- Bob Nelson (80-81): Before dominating players like Jerome Brown, Daniel Stubbs and Russell Maryland in the 80's there were guys like Bob Nelson who's strong play on the interior helped the Hurricanes move into national prominence.

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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