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Two UM Teams Named Among College Football’s Greatest

Two of UM’s five National Championship teams have been listed among the Top 10 greatest college football teams ever by Sporting News. The 1987 team - led by Jimmy Johnson - is ranked as the 10th-best team ever while the most recent title team, the 2001 Canes, are ranked ninth.

Here are the write-ups on each….and a link to the full countdown HERE

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10. 1987 Miami

12-0, National Champions

• Opened with wins against No. 20 Florida (31-4), No. 10 Arkansas (51-7) and No. 4 Florida State (26-25) and finished with wins against No. 10 Notre Dame (24-0), No. 8 South Carolina (20-16) and No. 1 Oklahoma (20-14).

• Were coached by Jimmy Johnson and three more future NFL head coaches: Dave Wannstedt ( defensive coordinator), Butch Davis (defensive line) and Dave Campo (defensive backs).

• Featured few individual standouts on offense despite outscoring opponents 412-125. Steve Walsh threw for 2,249 yards, Warren Williams rushed for 673, and Michael Irvin had 715 receiving.

• Were led by consensus All-Americans on defense, end Daniel Stubbs, the U’s career leader in sacks (39-1/2), and free safety Bennie Blades.

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9. 2001 Miami

12-0, BCS National Champions

• Outscored opponents 512-117, a staggering margin of victory of 32.9 points. Also scored eight touchdowns on defense and led the nation in scoring defense, passing defense and turnover margin.

• Built a 34-0 halftime lead against No. 2 Nebraska in the Rose Bowl, that season’s national championship game. The Hurricanes called off the dogs in the final 30 minutes and went on to win, 37-14.

• Featured 17 future first-round picks on the roster, including five who were selected in the 2002 draft: offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, tight end Jeremy Shockey, cornerback Phillip Buchanon, safety Ed Reed and cornerback Mike Rumph. McKinnie won the Outland Trophy and quarterback Ken Dorsey the Maxwell award.

• Looked invincible in the last two weeks of the regular season. They beat No. 14 Syracuse, 59-0, and then routed No. 12 Washington, 65-7. The 124-7 margin is the largest against consecutive ranked opponents in NCAA history.

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Two Canes Named to Preseason All-Southern Pigskin Team

CORAL GABLES, Fla.- Junior offensive lineman Brandon Washington and senior linebacker Sean Spence have been named to SouthernPigskin.com’s All-Southern Preseason Team, as announced by the website on Tuesday.

Washington started all 13 games for the Canes at right guard as a sophomore last season. He recorded 56 pancakes, 11 lumberjacks and was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week on two occasions (at Duke, 10/16; vs. Virginia Tech, 11/20). His best performance - and the best performance of any UM offensive lineman all season - came at Pittsburgh on Sept. 23, when he graded out at 99 percent in a 31-3 victory for the Hurricanes.

Spence is a candidate for the Butkus, Lombardi, Nagurski and Bednarik Awards. The Miami native returns as the second-leading tackler in the ACC after recording 111 total tackles a season ago. The second-team All-ACC performer led the Canes with 16 tackles for loss in 2010 en route to being named the team’s defensive MVP. In his career, Spence has recorded 212 tackles in 36 games.

Here is what the site had to say about both….

OG - Brandon Washington, Miami - At 6’4”, 320 pounds, Washington is an interior force for the Hurricanes. His game of the year came against Pittsburgh, as he graded out at 99% against the Panthers. He is the ACC’s top blocker.

LB - Sean Spence, Miami - With 111 tackles and 17 tackles for loss, Spence was one of the nation’s most dynamic linebackers in 2010. He also broke up six passes. Is the leader of the Hurricane defense.

Click HERE to view the entire All-Southern team.

Season Tickets for the start of the Al Golden Era and the 2011 Hurricanes Football Season are on sale now. For more information call 1-800-Go-Canes or purchase your tickets through HurricaneSports.com by CLICKING HERE.

The Hurricanes will open their season in Maryland on Monday, Sept. 5 in a nationally-televised contest against the Terrapins.

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More Canes Earning Preseason All-ACC Praise

Chip Patterson of CBSSports.com released his 2011 Preseason All-ACC Team on Monday and the squad is full of Hurricanes….six of them to be exact.

Running back Lamar Miller, offensive lineman Tyler Horn and Brandon Washington, defensive tackle Marcus Forston, linebacker Sean Spence and safety Ray-Ray Armstrong were named to the team of the site’s Eye on College Football blog.

In addition, Patterson listed the QB battle between Jacory Harris and Stephen Morris as something to watch for. He named FSU’s EJ Manuel as his team’s quarterback, with Maryland’s Danny O’Brien as another ACC QB he is expecting to have a big year.

Miller joined BC running back Montel Harris as the team’s two running backs. Patterson said of Miller….” Miller’s ranking nationally is debatable, but he should be one of the most impressive backs in the conference.”

On Forston…. “Forston has returned from a knee injury ahead of schedule, and could end up having a big impact on the field for the Hurricanes this season. Golden has been high on Forston since camp started, and if he can stay healthy the standout defensive lineman could finally deliver the type of season many have waited for from the top-ranked recruit.”

Click here for the full story….

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The 2001 National Championship team will be honored at Saturday’s Spring Game at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale and we just got word that Hurricane great Ken Dorsey is planning on attending….We’ll keep everyone updated as we get more names rolling in.

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One of the Best Days of The Year: The Arrival of the Sports Illustrated Preview

As a sports fan, the day the  Sports Illustrated College Football Preview issue arrives in the mailbox is always a FUN one.

Well today is that day… 

Below is a snapshot of the Miami Hurricanes preview in the 2010 SI Preview issue.  SI has the ‘Canes ranked No. 15 with a story about the defense holding the key to UM’s success this season.

The article features a large shot of All-American candidate Allen Bailey and a smaller cutout image of Heisman candidate Jacory Harris.

UM fans won’t like the headline: “Contender or Pretender?”, but THE U has always enjoyed the role of being under-appreciated.





 

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Jones Returning to Lead Team in Sunday Night Chapel

University of Miami alum Daryl Jones (1997-01) will return to the Coral Gables campus tonight to lead a team chapel.  The former UM receiver (pictured, front left) was a key member of the 2001 National Championship team.

“Daryl was a special player in Miami history and we embrace any opportunity to welcome back former Hurricane greats,” said coach Shannon. “He will talk to the team about living your life with integrity and character.”

After his UM days, Jones went on to play with the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings and is registered by NFL.com as having four years experience.

Link: Jones’ NFL Bio | Jones’ UM Bio

Photo courtesy TBO.com

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