60- Brett Perriman (84-87): Perriman was the speedster of the famed 'Bomb Squad' which included Michael Irvin and Brian Blades. Perriman on many teams would have been the go-to guy, at UM, he was oftentimes the third option.
But he always seemed to have a knack of making
gamebreaking plays, like his big punt return at
Maryland in 85 or his game clinching bomb from Vinny
Testarverde at 'the Swamp' vs. Florida in 86. Perriman
would leave Miami as the fourth all-time punt returner
with 580 career return yards.
59- Rod Carter (85-88): 'Hercules' as he was called,
is one of the hardest hitters ever at UM. He was an
imposing middle linebacker that was a physical force
tackle-to-tackle in the inside running game.
Carter was an intimidator that always showed up to
play. He ranks seventh on the all-time career tackles
list with 361 stops.
58- Mike Rumph( 98-01): Rumph is quiet by nature, and
he was rarely heard from on the field- which is a good
thing for a cornerback. This tall, rangy corner
started for three years after playing as a true
freshman in 98.
Rumph, would be named second team All-Big East
twice(99 and 01) and first team in 2000. Rumph was a
physical corner who could jam receivers at the line
and was top notch in his run support. He was a starter
on a secondary last season that included three first
round draft picks and generally considered the best
unit ever to grace a college football field.
And don't forget it was Rumph that started the
'Immaculate Deflection' at Boston College that saved
UM's championship season last year.
57- Richard Mercier (95-96, 98-99): Vince Lombardi
would have loved this guy with the way Mercier pulled
at guard. Mercier signaled a new breed of Cane
offensive lineman that were athletic and flexible. He
was a four year starter and tied Mike Sullivan for
most career starts with 48.
But we really found out how valuable he was when he
didn't play. In the 97 opener against Baylor he would
blow out his knee and miss the rest of the season- and
our offensive line would fall apart without him. But
the former mogul skier would recover to earn first
team All-Big East honors in 98 and 99.
In his senior year he would also be named first team
All-American by the Sporting News.
56- Wesley Carroll (89-90): Carroll was the perfect
'tailback' in Dennis Ericksons spread offense- which
was in reality, the inside slot receiver. Carroll had
the physicality to play over the middle and the speed
to go deep.
In 90, he had the second best receiving season ever by
a Cane receiver with 61 catches for 952 yards- which
also ranks second for a single season at UM. His 484
punt return yards puts him sixth on the all-time Miami
list. In other words, he was a true playmaker.
And he shined in the big games, in the 90 Sugar Bowl
vs Bama he would grab a touchdown from Craig Erickson
and in his collegiate finale he would torch the Texas
Longhorns for 8 catches for 135 yards and a pair of
55- Kevin Fagan (83-85): Maybe it's because a serious
knee injury kept him from having a dominating NFL
career, but for some reason Fagan doesn't seem to be
mentioned enough when it comes to the pantheon of UM
Fagan was an absolute rock that could play the run and
pass from his end spot with equal effectiveness. And
to say he was strong as a bull would be an
understatement as he still holds this programs record
for the highest bench press at 560 pounds.
54- Joaquin Gonzales (98-01): Gonzalez turned down
several Ivy League academic scholarships to walk-on to
UM in it's darkest day. His emergence as a player and
personality help change the perception of the program.
But he was more than a diplomat for the program, he
was quite a player.
As a four year starter he would earn Big East
Rookie-of-the-Year in 98, earn two All-Big East births
in 2000 and 01 and be named to various All-America
teams his senior year. To cap it off he would win the
'academic Heisman' by winning the 2001 Draddy Award.
Along with Bryant McKinnie, he would form the greatest
bookend tackle combination UM has ever had.
53- Bubba McDowell (85-88): One of my personal
favorites and one of the greatest role players ever at
UM. McDowell could play all four of the secondary
positions effectively and outside of one Tremain Mack,
the greatest pure special teams player ever at Miami.
In the classic 87 game against FSU, he would make two
of the most important plays of the season. First, he
would weave his way through traffic to run down Sammie
Smith after a long run in the second quarter, holding
FSU to a field goal attempt. Then with the Canes
clinging to a 26-25 lead in the last minute, it was
McDowell who would break up the attempted 2-pt.
conversion of FSU to seal the Miami victory.
52- George Mira Jr. (84-87): As consistent as they
come, Mira, who was a three year starter was a
tackling machine on the inside. He ranks second on the
all-time tackles list with 490 stops, a mark that
stood for over a decade until Dan Morgan came along.
In addition to leading the 85 and 86 teams in tackles,
he would pace the 87 championship squad with 147
Now that's being consistent and durable.
51- Brian Blades (84-87): Another member of 'the Bomb
Squad' Blades was a productive possession receiver who
also had the speed to get deep. He was as tough as any
wideout who came through the program.
Bladed would finish tied for fifth in all-time
touchdowns by a Cane receiver at 15 but what really
stands out are his big plays. There was the deep ball
for a touchdown he caught at Oklahoma from Vinny
Testaverde in 85 to key Miami's big win at Norman,
then there was his game-winning TD toss from Steve
Walsh in the hard-hitting affair vs. South Carolina in
87 and then his key catch on 4th down against Oklahoma
in the Orange Bowl in his last game in a Miami
Bottom line is, Blades made his catches count.
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
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