The Top 100 Hurricanes, (#70-61)

Counting down the hits to #1! Today we go down the list to #61 and this list includes come heavyweights including "Tiger" Clark and Winston Moss. Remember to chekc out the bottom of the story for links to previous installments. We'll have the next installment in just a few days.

70- Willie Smith (84-85): Although Smith was listed as a tight end, he was really a big reciever who just happened to line up next to an offensive tackle. Smith, was a magnificent athlete who could really get downfield and possessed a pair of soft mitts.

He is one of the most productive pass catchers in UM history as he ranks fifth on the all-time list for career catches at 114 and tenth in yardage with 1,521. He would set the UM seasonal mark for most receptions with 66 and and most catches in a game with 12 vs. Maryland in 1984. His 852 recieving yards that season ranks fifth for a single season.

In 1985 he would grab 48 passes and be named to various All-American teams.

69- Albert Bentley (82-83): Bentley is one of the most prolific and successful walk-on's ever to come through the Miami program. He would lead the 83 team with 722 yards rushing and he would score on a seven yard scamper that would be the deciding points in the Hurricanes 31-30 win over Nebraska in the 84 Orange Bowl.

Bentley was a well-round player who in addition to his elusive and quick running, was also a dependable reciever coming out of the backfield.

68- Glenn Dennison (81-83): Lost in all the hoopla and hype of guys like Bubba Franks and Jeremy Shockey is the fact that Dennison provided some pretty good tight end play himself for Miami in the early 80's.

Dennison was a good athlete with sure hands, so sure that he was Bernie Kosars favorite target on that historic 83 squad that took home UM's first national title. He would lead the Canes with 54 catches for 594 yards and he would cap his career with two touchdown catches vs. Nebraska in the 84 Orange Bowl.

67- Kenard Lang (94-96): Built like the prototype defensive end, Lang would start as a redshirt freshman all the way till the end of his junior year before departing for the NFL.

Lang could bring heat off the edges and he would wind up with 23 career sacks at UM, tying him for fourth on the all-time UM list. In 94, he would be named the Big East Defensive Rookie of the Year and in 96 he would tally 12 sacks and be named second team All-Big East.

66- Bernard Clark (86-89): 'Tiger' wasn't always the most consistent player but he showed up when it counted. Pressed into action for the 88 Orange Bowl against Oklahoma in place of the suspended George Mira Jr., Clark would lead the attack against the Sooners wishbone attack and win the MVP award in leading UM to it's second national title. He would finish the game with 12 unassisted tackles and 14 total tackles.

In 89, he would come up huge against Notre Dame on national television, as he would play another monster game when the chips were down. While he made plenty of tackles vs. the Irish, it was his late first half interception of a Tony Rice pass that set up the Canes deep in Notre Dame territory. UM would score right before the half and UM was on it's way to an emphatic 27-10 win that got Miami back on track for another ring.

Clark would then cap off his career by outplaying the highly touted Keith McCants of Alabama in the 90 Sugar Bowl to spark a 33-25 victory that sealed UM's third title.

65- Randy Shannon (85-88): He is best known now for being our defensive coordinator but older fans will remember his solid outside linebacker play in the mid-80's under Jimmy Johnson's revamped 4-3 defense.

It's no surprise that Shannon went into coaching as he was known for being a smart and heady player who was always in position to make a play. Shannon was the first wave of Miami 'backers who were smallish and known for their speed and quickness.

64- Gregg Rakoczy (83-86): Rakoczy was a hard-nosed, lunch pail-type of player who provided dependable center play for several seasons.

Unlike most college lines of that era who were run-blocking specialists, the Miami lines were relatively small and skilled pass blockers. Rakozcy is considered one of the best centers to come through this program, a program that has seen the likes of Jim Otto and KC Jones.

63- Matt Patchan (85-87): Like Rakoczy, Patchan wasn't one of these XL offensive lineman that relied on brute strength and size. Instead the Miami offensive fronts of this era were quick sparkplug who came off the ball with explosion, moved well and were premier pass blockers.

Patchan, fit right in that mold and he provided a safe haven for quarterbacks like Vinny Testaverde and Steve Walsh with his blind side protection at left tackle. Patchan, would be a Rock of Gibraltar at his spot and end his career by helping Miami down Oklahoma 20-14 in the 88 Orange Bowl for the Canes second championship.

62- Jimmie Jones (86-89): Ok, it's not often that a guy who doesn't even start his senior year makes a list like this, but when you consider that Jones had Russell Maryland and Cortez Kennedy in front of him, it's more than understandable.

Jones, was an off and on starter throughout his UM career but he was always a disruptive force at his tackle spot. He had a good initial burst and more than enough strength to excel as an inside pass rusher. Jones was part of an era when UM was pumping out NFL caliber D-lineman like they were coming off an assembly line.

61- Winston Moss (83-86): Moss, is the forgotten man when it comes to UM linebackers, but this guy was the forerunner of the fast and athletic linebackers that UM trademarked.

Moss, was an excellent athlete that always played with all-out effort and energy. Coming off the bench as a freshman, Moss would be a key contributor to the 83 Cinderella Canes.

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.

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