The Top 100 Hurricanes, (#50-41)

2002 first round draft choice Jeremy Shockey lands at the midway point. Fan favorite Rusty Medearis (left) checks in at the 46th position. We'll break down the entire list from 50-41 in this installment. More to come as we approach the season opener.

50- Jeremy Shockey (00-01): Shockey, an energetic and excitable sort, was a mid-summer edition to the Hurricanes prior to the 2000 season. Plucked out of NE Oklahoma JC, Shockey more than filled the shoes of the highly touted Bubba Franks.

Shockey, wasn't even a starter on the 2000 squad that finished 11-1 and number two in the country. But he would burst onto the scene that season when he caught the game winning touchdown from Ken Dorsey in the late minutes of the Canes thrilling 27-24 win in Wide Right III at the Orange Bowl.

Last season, Shockey would lead the national champions with 45 catches and he finished off his Hurricane career with five catches for 85 yards and one touchdown vs. Nebraska in the 2002 Rose Bowl. Shockey, was a premier athlete who was a wide receiver trapped inside of a tight ends body.

49- James Jackson (97-00): J-Jax would leave UM as it's third all-time leading rusher with 2,953 yards, tied for third with 11, 100 yard rushing games, sixth in all-purpose yards with 3,231 yards and tied for third with 32 career touchdowns.

Early in his career he was a lighting quick change-of-pace back who came off the bench backing up Edgerrin James. By the time he left, he was a durable back who was capable of handling 20-plus carries a game. His strong running was instrumental in UM's wins over FSU and VaTech in the breakthrough 2000 season. His 1,006 rushing yards that season is one of only six 1,000 yard campaigns posted at UM.

48- Kevin Patrick (90-93): Patrick was an all-out effort player who consistently brought a fierce pass rush. Out-spoken and feisty, Patrick had the vintage Cane attitude.

He and Darren Krein formed an effective tandem at end in the early 90's after the tragic injury suffered by Rusty Medearis. Patrick and his 23 career sacks ranks fourth on the all-time UM career sack list. A 93 All-American, Patrick was also named the 93 Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

47- Martin Bibla (98-01): Bibla was a three year starter at guard and a guy who was overlooked by his more highly publicized teammates. But more than one coach will tell you that it was Bibla, who was UM's most consistent offensive lineman.

He possessed good quickness and played with great strength and leverage. In addition to being named All-Big East in his senior year, he would be named second team All-American by ABC Sports and third team All-American by the AP.

46- Rusty Medearis (90-92,94): Medearis, play-for-play, gave as much effort as any player that donned the orange and green. Despite being only 245 pounds, Medearis in a little over two seasons would rack up 22 sacks- tied for sixth on the all-time UM list. Without the severe knee injury suffered against Arizona in 92, early in his junior year he would have made a run at Danny Stubbs' record for career sacks at UM.

From his 4.5 sack debut against Texas Tech as a freshman to his courageous comeback during the 94 season, no Cane exhibited as much passion and heart as Medearis.

45-Duane Starks (95-97): Unfortunately, Starks never got the benefit of playing on the great Hurricane teams of the past and present, but Starks was part of Butch Davis' first recruiting classes that laid the foundation for this current regime.

Starks is one of the fastest and quickest players ever to go through Miami. Blessed with 4.3 speed he could stick like glue with receivers up field or take it the distance each time he got the ball as a punt returner. In Miami's dissapointing 5-6 season of 97, Starks would shine and be named first team All-Big East.

44- Greg Mark (86-89): Currently our defensive line coach, older fans will remember his yeoman's work on the front line for the dynastic Canes of the late 80's.

Mark, would fill in early as a replacement for the suspended Dan Sileo in the 87 home opener against the hated Florida Gators. Mark would hold his own on the inside as a tackle. But it's as an end that Greg, made his mark. Mark, would start on two national title teams in 87 and 89 and his senior year was the best. He would be named All-American after racking up 15.5 sacks, to finish with 34.5 career sacks- second on the all-time UM list. In addition to that Mark would also tally 253 career tackles.

43- Craig Erickson (87-90): For some reason his name is overlooked when they talk about UM quarterbacks but Erickson provided solid play and a national title in his two years as our signal-caller.

For his career he would finish fifth on UM's list for career touchdown passes with 46, third in total offense for a career with 6,021 and fourth in career passing yardage with 6,056 and fifth in career completions with 420.

You knew Erickson was a tough competitor when he basically drove Jeff George off the UM campus after the 86 season. Cane's compete, Erickson knew that, he stuck around and George didn't. Erickson would shake off a broken thumb halfway through the 89 season to lead UM to a huge win over top-ranked Notre Dame to propel the Cane's to their third title. Erickson, in addition to winning the Unitas Award his senior year, would win MVP honors for the 90 Sugar Bowl and the 91 Cotton Bowl.

42- Maurice Crum (87-90): Crum, was the classic undersized UM 'backer that changed the face of college football in the late 80's. Smallish, yet quick, Crum always seemed to be around the ball making plays.

While he dabbled on the UM baseball team his hardest hits came on the gridiron as he would lead Miami in tackles during the 88,89 and 90 campaigns and he would finish with 354 tackles. Crum, would be named an All-American in 90 and was a Butkus Award finalist that season.

41- Damione Lewis (97-00): Lewis, a four year starter at defensive tackle signaled the return of the dominant defensive lineman at Coral Gables. Oftentimes, it seemed as though Lewis was working five-on-one, but as the talent around him got better, so did his production.

As strong as a bull with a quick first step, Lewis would be named second team All-Big East in 99 and first team All-Big East in 2000. His courage was on display when he battled FSU with a broken foot his senior year. His strong up front play would help UM break it's five game losing skid to the Noles. Then he would finish his Cane career with a dominating performance against the Florida Gators in the 2001 Sugar Bowl. It was he and William Joseph's up front pressure that keyed the Cane defense against Rex Grossman and the Gators.

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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