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CanesLegacy's Best 200 Canes since 1980

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Canes Legacy

Editorial staff
Nov 11, 2019
After over 6 months of daily posting, we've finally finished our rankings of the best 200 Canes since 1980 (or as we call it, the Title Era for Miami). We combed through every available resource, from record books and old game day box scores (the UM website has a crazy archive of hand written ones from decades ago) to articles and posts on this very forum, to old game tapes available on YouTube to create what we feel is as close to an objective list as we could produce. Obviously there will be differences of opinion and we totally appreciate that; we just needed to give it our best shot, and we hope we created something that you all will enjoy!

For the images for each post, check out the countdown thread or search #CanesCountdown on twitter. Decade Rank and Positional Rank are in the table as well.

200WR Sinorice MossKicking off the countdown at #200 is Sinorice Moss, a natural playmaker who stepped up in huge moments (FSU ‘04). @sinoricemoss is the first of several Carol City Chiefs and future Super Bowl champions to make the list.WR2800s54
199OL Bobby GarciaBobby Garcia started some of the biggest games during UM’s 1987 title season, including the ‘88 Orange Bowl. He would then help lead the offense through ‘88 and ‘89, starting another title clinching game in the 1990 Sugar Bowl.OL2280s69
198S Maurice SikesMaurice Sikes was a key but relatively unheralded part of the Miami defense in 2002 and 2003. Mo’s consistent and intelligent play worked perfectly next to 26, as they formed one of the very best safety tandems in team history.S2100s53
197DT Dan SileoDan Sileo is the first of several guys on the list despite their Miami playing careers lasting just one season. @DanSileoShow lead the ‘86 team in TFL and total tackles as a key part of probably the best D-Line in team history.DT1980s68
196K Jose BorregalesJose Borregales decided to spend his last collegiate year as a Cane, and ended up as a unanimous 1st Team All American, a Lou Groza Award winner, and someone who will forever have his name hanging in the rafters at Miami.KP710s35
195RB DeeJay DallasDeeJay Dallas played with an old school mentality and versatility that elevated the offense when he was on the field. @DallasDeejay’s 1500 yards and 16 TDs in ‘18 and ‘19 made him the most consistent weapon in that span.RB2110s34
194DE Andrew WilliamsAndrew Williams came to UM after an elite JuCo career and became a key piece of one of the best DLines in Miami history. @DrewDrew99 had one of his best games in the 2002 Rose Bowl, constantly disrupting the Nebraska option attack.DE2100s52
193RB/WR Jason GeathersJason Geathers doesn’t have the stats of some other offensive players, but his existence as a weapon was huge for the success of the early 2000s offense. His willingness to play RB and WR gave the Canes a dynamic, versatile threat.WR2700s51
192WR Jammi GermanSome of the mid 90s receivers get overlooked because of less than stellar QB play and who came before and after, but Jammi German was an explosive playmaker who would have shined in any era. He averaged nearly 18 ypc in 1995.WR2690s42
191CB John SwainJohn Swain was a 3-year starter for Miami during the start of Howard’s run at Miami. The speedy Carol City product (along with fellow Chief Lester Williams) was a big part of UM’s 1980 Peach Bowl run, its first bowl win since 1966.CB1780s67
190DL Bryan PataBryan Pata was one of the studs from the mid 00s DL, flashing major potential both at end and tackle. He was tragically killed just before the end of his final season with UM, but his memory will always live on in Coral Gables.DE2000s50
189RB Tyrone MossAnother day, another Cane tragically taken too soon. Tyrone Moss was a true legend at Blanche Ely HS, setting the Broward rushing record and winning a state title. He had a solid career at the U, including a few signature moments.RB2000s49
188LB Randy ShannonRandy Shannon the coach left a complicated legacy at Miami, but not Randy the player. Shannon was a consistent force in one of the best, but least talked about LB corps UM history (RS-Mira-Carter) on their way to the 1987 title.LB2180s66
187WR Stanley ShakespeareStanley Shakespeare provided an early model for the flashy, big play receivers that would be a constant for the U over the next few decades. He formed an electric duo with Eddie Brown on Miami’s path to their 1st national title. RIPWR2580s65
186RB Graig CooperA favorite of younger fans, Cooper was one of the most athletically gifted backs Miami had ever had. He compiled 2200 yards in his first three years before a bowl game injury in 2009 derailed his promising career.RB1900s48
185TE Coleman BellColeman Bell is one of the forgotten men in the TE tradition of Miami. He had a great year in ‘91 for Miami’s title run and was even better in ‘92 as an unofficial Ruthless Posse member when Gino Torretta won his Heisman Trophy.TE1190s41
184K Michael BadgelyThe “Money Badger” Mike Badgley’s name features prominently in the Miami record book. Not only does he have the record for most points scored as a Cane (403 points), he’s also tied for the longest FG at 57 yards. @MikeBadgley15KP610s33
183DT Jimmie JonesJimmie Jones was a key piece of national championship teams at Miami and Super Bowl champs in the league. Playing behind and with Miami’s greats on the DL, he always provided a spark for the Canes’ great defenses.DT1880s64
182OL Shane McDermottMcDermott was part of a stout group in the early 2010s that many regard as one of Miami’s best (and certainly most underrated) OLs ever. Shane-o-Mac started 36 games at center over his final three years, earning 1st Team All ACC.OL2110s32
181WR Jim JoinerOne of the OGs of modern Cane receivers, Joiner made big plays in the biggest moments. His two TD catches vs Penn State from freshman Jim Kelly helped UM to one of the biggest upsets in program history.WR2480s63
180RB Warren WilliamsWarren Williams often gets overlooked because of the quality of backs Miami had in the 80s, but he was one of the key pieces to the offense in 1987, leading the Canes in rushing. His 1700 career yards are top 20 all time for UM.RB1880s62
179RB Mark WaltonMark Walton has had many of issues since leaving UM, including multiple arrests for battery against a woman pregnant with his child. He was a very good player for Miami, but there’s no question that he needs to get his life togetherRB1710s31
178DT Pat RileyPat Riley is a name synonymous with Miami, but before the basketball version came down from NY, Patrick was a key piece of a championship quality defense in the early-mid 90s which also featured Warren Sapp and Ray Lewis.DT1790s40
177DE Greg RousseauRousseau’s 15.5 sacks are the second most ever in a single season as he was basically unblockable for stretches. Even two years would have him much higher up the list, but his single season of total dominance earns @Greg_R5 a spot.DE1910s30
176DE Jaelan PhillipsOne day after GR, JJ makes the list. They were hard to separate, but that AA spot gives @JJPhillips15 the edge. Again, just one elite season as a Cane limits the ranking, but it’s enough to make it on the list among Miami’s greats.DE1810s29
175S James LewisJames Lewis was a key reserve before starting next to Ed in ‘01, capping his career with a pick six in the Rose Bowl. Key contributions from the non-superstars were a big part of what made our best defenses truly elite.S2000s47
174OL Matt PatchanThe eldest Patchan started for two of the Canes best teams ever in ‘86 and ‘87. Matt, who beat cancer shortly after leaving UM, used his technique and intelligence to protect Steve Walsh on the way to the 1987 National Championship.OL2080s61
173DT Orien HarrisOne of the best football players ever to come out of Delaware (252 tackles for loss in his HS career), Harris had 31 TFL and 9 sacks in his last three years as a Cane, earning All-ACC (04-05) and UM’s DL of the Year (04) Honors.DT1600s46
172OL Orlando FranklinOrlando started in multiple spots for three seasons as a Cane, setting a tone for toughness (inc. playing on a torn meniscus as a senior). @OFranklin74 was 2nd team All ACC and started for six NFL seasons before retiring in 2017.OL1900s45
171DE Chad ThomasA 5-star recruit who stayed home to play for his city, Chad was one of the most consistent performers for Miami in the last decade. The multitalented @MajorNine was a leader off the field and made plays on it (24 TFL in 16 and 17).DE1710s28
170DT Bob NelsonBob Nelson finished his career as one of the all time sack leader at UM with 22. He is best known for playing with early 80s legends like Jim Burt and Lester Williams, as well as being a dominant force in Tecmo Super Bowl.DT1580s60
169S Tremain MackMany fans who stuck with Miami through some tough years in the mid 90s will list Tremain Mack among their favorites. He was a do it all safety and a dynamic return man who kept up both legacies for UM.S1990s39
168QB Stephen MorrisDespite a revolving door of OCs, Stephen Morris had some elite moments in his Miami career. In 2012, @S_Morris17 passed for a combined 1000 yards in a two week span, a feat no other Cane QB accomplished in any two career games.QB1110s27
167DT Derwin JonesDerwin Jones is another lineman from the mid 80s squads to make the list. Derwin was as consistent and technically sound as they come, though often forgotten for accolades on a stacked line with 1st Team AAs at every other spot.DT1480s59
166K Todd SieversTodd Sievers is one of the most consistent kickers in UM’s history. The first team All American and two time all Big East player is one of many 2001 Canes to make the list, even though his most clutch kick often gets overshadowed.KP500s44
165RB Travis HomerTravis Homer never looked back once he started getting major reps in 2017, putting up back to back years of near 1,000 yards. @travishomer4 was dynamic when he hit the open field and his physical running style was a coach’s dream.RB1610s26
164CB Al MarshallWe’re all about giving due to unsung heroes like Al Marshall. Al was rock solid as a starter and a key piece of sub packages, playing in over 40 games. He also shined in big spots, like his INT vs UF or locking up Larry Fitzgerald.CB1600s43
163DT Gerald WillisOf all the recent Miami one year stars, Gerald Willis was the most dominant. @gw3_9 racked up 18 TFL and countless disrupted plays in 2018 playing for Jess Simpson, and has an argument for one of the best seasons ever by a Canes DT.DT1310s25
162QB Jacory HarrisAppropriate that UM lands a big QB commit on Jacory’s day. You will never get a consensus opinion from Miami fans on Harris’s career, but it’s hard to deny his brightest moments (‘09 vs FSU) were tremendous to watch.QB10s10s24
161S Al Blades, Sr.Al Blades embodied the Cane spirit as much as anyone who wore the U. His intensity and confidence are legendary, and he had a big role in Miami’s resurgence in the late 90s and 2000. His son @AlBlades_Jr is carrying on his legacy.S1890s38
160DT RJ McIntoshWhile his peak was overshadowed a bit, RJ’s success was one of the biggest catalysts for Miami’s stellar defensive play in 2017. He emerged as an explosive interior rusher, destroying Notre Dame’s interior linemen along the way.DT1210s23
159OL Mark CooperMark Cooper was one of the many Lou Saban recruits who thrived under the coaching of Howard Schnellenberger. @MSCooper63 started as a TE before moving to the line to protect Jim Kelly (and later John Elway with the Broncos).OL1880s58
158RB Danyell FergusonDanyell Ferguson broke the Dade County rushing record at Columbus before arriving at UM and becoming the second Cane rusher to break the 1,000 yard mark. His explosive style was the centerpiece of UM’s offense in ‘95.RB1590s37
157WR Phil DorsettPerhaps the fastest Cane of all time checks in at 157. Dorsett’s playmaking skills led him over 2000 yards receiving and landed him in the first round in 2015 (the Canes first 1st Round receiver since Andre Johnson in 2003).WR2310s22
156DT Tony FitzpatrickTony Fitzpatrick came to UM as a last minute addition to his class and emerged as a leader on Miami’s first title team. He manned the nose guard spot in 82-83, playing side by side with other Miami greats.DT1180s57
155DE Joe JacksonJackson’s career gets underrated because of the team’s W/L, but he was a good (and at times great) contributor from the second he stepped on campus. @Joejackson919 had 37.5 TFL and 24 sacks (4th best ever at UM) in just 3 seasons.DE1610s21
154WR Chris JonesAfter winning a title as a backup in ‘91, Chris T. Jones overcame uneven QB play as the top receiving weapon on two teams (93-94) who made it within striking distance of another title. Injuries quickly ended a promising NFL career.WR2290s36
153S Rayshawn JenkinsRayshawn fit the mold of the old Cane safeties with his length, playmaking ability, and aggressiveness vs the run. A truly complete safety, @Jenkz_26 was underrated coming into the NFL like he was at UM, but became a star in both.S1710s20
152CB Corn ElderCorn’s signature moment against Duke is one of the most memorable plays in the last decade, but he was a lot more than one play. @AIR_CORN23 shined as a Cane thanks to his speed, instincts, and physicality in a strong DB room.CB1510s19
151DB Bubba McDowellBubba was a member of the famed “Benny and the Jets,” who helped guide Miami to the ‘87 title (thanks in large part to his PBU vs FSU). The versatile DB started as both a corner and safety while at UM before a long NFL career.S1680s56
150LB Rohan MarleyThe winner of last year’s underrated Cane tourney, Rohan Marley is a favorite of MANY canes fans. @Romarley was small, but played huge on some of the best defenses Miami ever had, often stealing the spotlight from other big names.LB2090s35

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149WR Stacy ColeyStacy finished up his Miami career in the top 5 of all major receiving categories with 166 catches (2nd), 2218 yds (5th), and 20 TDs (4th). He was a major recruit and a consistent, explosive threat for UM throughout Kaaya’s career.WR2110s18
148OL Martin BiblaThat 01 OL will be well represented on this list, and we start with Bibla. He started 37 straight games as a Cane (41 total) and never officially let up a sack in his career, earning All Big East and 2nd team All American honors.OL1700s42
147CB Rodney BellingerThe undersized Bellinger earned his way to UM by writing a letter to Schnelly and asking the legendary coach to give him a shot. He made good on his opportunity, starting for two seasons and dominating in the ‘84 Orange Bowl.CB1480s55
146WR Roscoe ParrishEveryone’s favorite undersized speed demon, Roscoe was an electric playmaker who shined in any role he was given. Not only was he dynamic on offense and able to turn any play into a big one, he was one of UM’s best returners ever.WR2000s41
145RB Leonard ConleyA name not often mentioned among the greats at the RB position, but Conley was a key piece to two national title teams (and really four that could have won). His slashing style was hard to stop, especially paired with Steve McguireRB1480s54
144WR Brett PerrimanBrett Perriman was the most dynamic part of one of the best receiving corps in Miami history. Perriman’s big play ability shined whenever he was on the field and lead to a long NFL career.WR1980s53
143DE Willis PeguesePeguese played alongside All Americans his whole career at UM, starting as the long snapper in ‘87 before starting at defensive end in the 1989 title season. He had his best game against Notre Dame that year with 2 sacks and 4 TFL.DE1580s52
142OL Jon FelicianoFeliciano was a key part of truly great Canes OL, and the best since 2001. @MongoFeliciano’s tenacious play helped bully teams on UM’s 7 game win streak in 2013 and he’s been a huge part of the Bills’ recent offensive success.OL1610s17
141WR Dale DawkinsWhile 87’s Bomb Squad and 91’s Ruthless Posse get the hype, Dale Dawkins led a stacked trio of WRs in 89 (with Carroll and Hill) that guided UM to its 3rd title. Dawkins was a big play machine, racking up 833 and 7 TDs that season.WR1880s51
140David NjokuNjoku came to UM as an athlete with exciting physical potential, and left as a legit NFL Tight End. He put up nearly 700 yards and 8 TDs in a dominant 2016, including one ridiculous stat line vs Duke (2 rec for 134 yds and 2 TDsTE1010s16
139DE Jamaal GreenOne of the best pure passrushers UM has had, Green was a terror coming off the edge on that early 00s DL. He has the 4th most sacks in team history after starting 28 games on three of the best teams UM has ever had from 2000-02.DE1400s40
138CB Roland SmithMany know Roland Smith for his coaching accolades (winning state titles at Northwestern and Central), but he was also a two time champ at the U. He had his best year in 89, leading the team with 6 INTs in their championship run.CB1380s50
137LB Denzel PerrymanDP is one of the standout current procanes, recently signing up with the Panthers. @D_Perryman52’s aggressive style made him one of the biggest hitters in UM history, which is a major honor considering Miami’s LB/DB tradition.LB1910s15
136OL Chris MyersMyers was one of the best linemen in the nation during his run at Miami, starting at guard, center, and tackle over his last 3 years at UM. @CMyers55 would start 128 games in the NFL at center and was twice named to the Pro Bowl.OL1500s39
135LB Chris CampbellChris Campbell was a key part of the Hurricanes defense in the early 00s. Before he tragically passed away, he was set to continue his career in the NFL after starting 30 games in a row between 99 and 01 for some of UM’s best teamsLB1800s38
134WR Horace CopelandHorace Copeland is in the @UMSHoF thanks to his prowess on the gridiron and as an All American in track. He’s maybe most known for his backflip celebration, but his biggest catch was his game saving catch against FSU in 1991.WR1790s34
133DE Darren KreinDarren Krein stepped into some big shoes after Rusty Medearis’s injury, racking up the majority of his 17.5 sacks in 92 and 93. His emerged as a leader of the D and formed a tough, relentless pass-rushing duo with Kevin Patrick.DE1390s33
132RB Albert BentleyAlbert Bentley will always be one of the first names mentioned when fans talk about UM’s first national title. The @UMSHoF back started his career as a walkon and ended it by scoring the eventual game winning TD in the Orange Bowl.RB1380s49
131K Danny MillerDanny Miller was one of the great specialists at UM, earning First Team All American honors in 1981. He also has the distinction of being the key to one of Miami’s best victories early in the 80s, kicking a game winner vs UF in 81.KP480s48
130LB Jon BeasonFrom the minute Jon Beason stepped on the field, he embodied all the great traits of UM’s LB history. While not the biggest player, @jonbeason was an explosive athlete and a relentless worker at Miami and an 2x All Pro in the NFL.LB1700s37
129S Bobby HardenBobby Harden is a two time champ who shined whenever he was on the field. Though injuries would ultimately limit him in college and the MFL, Bobby’s hard hitting style made him a fan favorite for Canes AND Dolphin fans.S1580s47
128QB Brock BerlinThe Gator Slayer himself, Brock had peaks at Miami that fans will remember forever. The comeback against UF and the OT win over FSU helped him go 5-0 vs the Gators and Noles, and few could touch Brock when they let him go up tempo.QB900s36
127DT Matt WaltersOne of the true underrated Canes, Matt was in of the famed ‘98 recruiting class and played on some of the best teams in UM history. His place in history was secured when he won the Leadership Award winner on the best CFB team ever.DT1000s35
126RB Najeh DavenportOne of the most unselfish stars of the early 00s, Najeh moved to FB and became a constant weapon, opening holes for CP and JJ, bruising through defenses, and using his pass catching skills for big plays.RB1200s34
125CB Leonard MyersThe late Leonard Myers was a standout on the resurgent Canes of the late 90s when the program returned to dominance. He was a shut down corner in a secondary with Rumph, Reed, and Blades on a loaded 2000 defense.CB1290s32
124S Charles PharmsCharles Pharms was one of the first Canes to open to the Texas->Miami pipeline that helped UM to titles in 89 and 91. The speedy safety started in games each of his four seasons, including as a true freshman for Jimmy.S1490s31
123RB James JacksonOne of the more underrated backs in the Miami tradition, especially from his era. James was the perfect bridge from Edge to CP and Portis, and his tough, relentless style was a key catalyst for Miami’s successes in 99 and 00.RB1100s33
122OL Ereck FlowersAnother standout from the excellent ‘13 OL, the Norland product manned the LT spot for two seasons after starting four games as a freshman. He has the distinction of being the only Cane picked in the top ten since the 2006 Draft.OL1410s14
121DL Baraka AtkinsBaraka Atkins was a steady presence for Miami, nearing the top of the all time leaderboard with 45 starts in his career. He excelled at both tackle and end, racking up 32.5 TFL and 19 sacks as a Cane.DE1200s32
120LB Nate WebsterNate was one of the most devastating hitters at the LB position in his time at UM, but. his legal troubles and violence against women contributed to the early end of his playing career.LB1690s30
119TE Brevin JordanA big fan favorite who is about to start his NFL Journey, injuries were the only thing that could stop 9. @Brevinjordan was a dynamic player at TE for the Canes, making big play after big play just like the all time greats at UM.TE910s13
118DE Shane CurryThe late Shane Curry was one of the Canes many DL super subs once he transferred from GT, spelling Willis Peguese on their way to the 89 title. He had his own turn to dominate in 1990, forming a great duo with Russell Maryland.DE1180s46
117S Hurlie BrownHurlie Brown is another Cane most younger fans might remember more as a coach. @HurlieB started for three seasons, winning two national titles after taking over for fellow Merritt Island alum Bubba McDowell at safety.S1390s29
116S Deon BushOne of the more recent additions to the safety legacy, @deonbushlive2 started 32 games over his 4 years, earning Freshman AA or All Conference honors every year he was in the uniform thanks to his well rounded and aggressive style.S1210s12
115WR Kevin WilliamsKevin Williams was a dynamic complimentary piece to other Ruthless Posse members at WR, but he is best remembered as one of the great UM returners. He was 1st team AA in ‘90 thanks to a 15+ PR average and a 3 game PR TD streak.WR1690s28
114TE Rob ChudzinksiChud won titles as a player and coach at UM and helped kick off the elite TE tradition along with Glenn Dennison and Willie Smith. Rob’s TD in the 1990 Sugar Bowl ended up being the game winner for UM’s 3rd title.TE880s45
113LB Sean SpenceSpence is a beloved Cane from the last decade+, especially as the crown jewel of the 08 Northwestern class. Spence’s speed and power made him a standout at linebacker and a true throwback Cane.LB1510s11
112OL Gregg RakoczyRakoczy was one of two NJ players in the legendary 1983 recruiting class (with Dan Stubbs), and honed his skills battling classmate Jerome Brown in practice every day. He had a great Cane career before a solid stint in the NFL.OL1380s44
111OL Paul BertucelliPaul started his UM career as a RS freshman thrown into the fire against CFB HOFer Wilbur Marshall, and ended as a 37 game starter (every game he played after his RS year), a national champ, and an all time great OT for the U.OL1280s43
110S Selwyn BrownArguably the best of Bennie’s Jets other than the man himself, Selwyn was a three year starter from 85-87, starting next to Bennie the whole way. He was honorable mention All American in 85 after finishing second on UM in tackles.S1180s42
109QB Brad KaayaThe Canes all time leading passer falls just outside the top 100. Kaaya was a natural passer who put up numbers with some big time playmakers despite a tumultuous coaching situation.QB810s10s
108CB Don EllisWithout question, Don Ellis is one of the least talked about great players Miami has had. Ellis had 9 career picks as a starter for basically his entire UM career at CB, spanning 1985 to 88, with some of Miami’s best defenses.CB1180s41
107RB Lamar MillerOne of the fastest Cane running backs ever, Lamar had a short but impactful career as a Hurricane. His 2011 season produced the fourth best rushing total ever for a Cane RB, and he averaged over 5.7 yards per carry while at UM.RB1010s9
106TE Clive WalfordMiami’s all time leading receiver from the tight end position (in catches, yards, and TDs) isn’t the name some would expect, but there’s no denying Clive’s success as a Cane. He was dynamic as a receiver, leading UM in rec in 2014.TE710s8
105LB Bernard ClarkThe greatest Miami “relief” performance of all time came from Tiger in the 1988 Orange Bowl, earning MVP honors with 14 tackles stepping in for George Mira. @80sCane57 was a perfect example of 80s Cane swagger at the LB position.LB1480s40
104OL Vernon CareyBig Vern had the tough job of stepping in as a starter after much of the stellar ‘01 line left, but he helped the UM offense get even better. @72_bigv earned all conference honors at both RT and LG over his last two seasons.OL1100s31
103WR Travis BenjaminTravis’ impact as a Cane came equally as a big play receiver and returner. He’s 7th all time in both catches and rec yards and 4th all time in all purpose yards. @TravisBenjamin3’s electric play was a highlight of the early 10s.WR1510s7
102RB Cleveland GaryCleveland Gary, who did not fumble against ND in 88, was a first team All American at Miami as a versatile weapon in the backfield. He had 1100+ all purpose yards and 11 TDs in 88, with the majority coming through the air.RB980s39
101DE Kenard LangPart of one of the most dominant DE pairs in Canes history, Kenard Lang was one of the true mid 90s standouts for UM. He’s top ten in sacks all time and was a two time All Big East pick.DE1090s27

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100WR Ahmmon RichardsThe first name in the top 100, @AhmmonR2 set the freshman receiving record at Miami, breaking the playmaker’s mark, before injuries took their toll. He was so talented that a fully healthy career likely puts him in the top 25.WR1410s6
99CB Earl LittleEarl Little was one of the key local products to help carry UM during the mid 90s, starting for three seasons from 94-96. @Earl20201 was a vocal and emotional leader then for the Canes and now again as a high school coach.CB1090s26
98WR Yatil GreenWhile injuries cost him his pro career, Yatil was a beast at Miami thanks to his ideal combination of athleticism and physical play. He tore up the Big East in ‘96, but his best game was his 150+ yard, 2 TD performance vs FSU.WR1390s25
97OL Brandon LinderYet another piece of the stacked early 10s line, Brandon Linder was the glue for Miami’s OL in that era. @BrandonLinder65 started 42 games in his career, twice making All ACC teams while being named the team’s offensive MVP in 2013.OL1010s5
96DL Kevin FaganKevin Fagan was one of the premier defensive linemen in the first wave of Hurricane dominance. He was a key starter on the 83 title team before taking a featured role on the line in 84 and 85, leading the team in TFL+sacks as a Sr.DE980s38
95LB Winston MossImmortalized as one of the three Canes at the ‘86 OU game coin toss, Moss showcased his versatile skill set throughout his career. After settling in as a strongside linebacker, the @UMSHoF LB dominated as a senior with 87 tackles.LB1380s37
94OL Jason FoxFour year starters at OT don’t come around often in CFB, but @JasonFox70 battled through a lot of changes around him in his time at UM to start 47 games as a Cane. The steady Fox was Freshman AA and All ACC honoree as a senior.OL900s30
93WR Brian BladesThe second member of both the Blades family and the Bomb Squad on our list, Brian was a major playmaker for the 80s Canes, helping set the standard for the position at UM. He had nearly 1500 yards as a Cane before a long pro career.WR1280s36
92S Kenny CalhounKenny was a lot more than one play, starting for two years from 83-84 as UM began their assent, but when that one play is the biggest in program history, it’s hard to ignore. Two fingers on Kenny’s right hand kickstarted a dynasty.S1080s35
91WR Larry BrodskyAnother building block player, Larry Brodsky was the go to guy for Miami in the late 70s/early 80s, leading the team in receiving three times. His 80 yd TD vs Penn State in ‘81 was as big as any play made that year for the Canes.WR1180s34
90WR Leonard HankersonA great example of what hard work brings, Hankerson went from inconsistent young player to stud offensive catalyst. In 2010, @HankTime85 broke every Cane single season receiving record with 72 rec for 1156 yards and 13 TDs.WR1000s29
89LB Rod CarterAn underappreciated member of our LB legacy, Rod Carter was a four year starter in the heart of Miami’s 80s dynasty. His 316 tackles are 8th all time and he graduated with a reputation as one of the biggest hitters in Cane history.LB1280s33
88DT Jim BurtLeading the squad from the middle guard spot, he helped turn the Canes program around as a 1980 All American before winning multiple Super Bowls in the NFL. Burt’s play earned him a spot in the @UMSHoF.DT980s32
87WR Allen HurnsAnother Cane who steadily developed into a great player, Hurns came from Carol City and turned himself into the single season receiving record holder at UM. His 1162 yards as a senior earned him team MVP honors in 2013.WR910s4
86CB Brandon HarrisIn the argument for one of the most underrated guys we’ve had in recent memory, Harris started for the majority of his three seasons on campus, earning All American honors as a Soph and All ACC honors twice.CB900s28
85K/P Matt BosherMatt Bosher has the distinction of being both the best dual specialist ever at Miami, punting for four years and kicking for three (3x All ACC), as well as being the biggest hitter to ever enter the specialist room.KP310s3
84DE Calais CampbellCalais Campbell was a long, powerful passrusher who racked up stats and awards at UM. @CalaisCampbell’s 2006 season is one of the best for a UM DL, with 20 TFL and 10.5 sacks, earning All ACC Honors and a team MVP award.DE800s27
83CB Tolbert BainBain was often overshadowed at UM after getting the last spot in the 83 recruiting class, but he started or contributed for all of his four years as a key cog of several championship quality defenses and was a special teams demon.CB880s31
82RB Stephen McGuireThe toughest runner in program history, Stephen McGuire was a key weapon for two of Miami’s title teams in 89 and 91, leading the team in rushing twice in his career before injuries took their toll.RB890s24
81LB DJ WilliamsDJ came to UM as an elite National recruit and did not disappoint. After an electric start to his career on offense, @DjWilliam55 settled in as a dominant playmaker at LB and a key piece of one of Miami’s best defenses ever.LB1100s26
80S Jaquan JohnsonJJ came to Miami as a local legend and managed to live up to every expectation. A versatile athlete who could play any spot, he had intangibles and leadership qualities that would fit in any era of Cane football.S910s2
79TE Greg Olsen@gregolsen88 upheld the Tight End tradition at Miami, catching his first passes as a Cane in a big win vs FSU and his first TD in an epic comeback win vs Louisville. He’s one of 5 UM TEs to break the 1200 yards in career receiving.TE600s25
78QB Craig EricksonThe first of our national championship QBs to make the list, Erickson was 16-2 in his time as a Cane, including knocking off Bama in the ‘90 Sugar Bowl. He won the Johnny Unitas Award in 1990 as CFB’s most outstanding QB.QB780s30
77DT Damione LewisDamione was a worthy successor to Warren Sapp on the interior for Miami. He started 41 games at UM, earning All Big East honors twice and even grabbing some All American honors as a senior on a dominant 2000 defense.DT890s23
76LB Scott Nicolas@UMSHoF Scott Nicolas was one of the catalysts for Miami’s first rise to greatness. He had 26 tackles in the 1979 upset of Penn State and led the Canes in tackles three years in a row. He still ranks 3rd all time in tackles at UM.LB1080s29
75TE Bubba FranksOne of the four Cane TEs to earn 1st Team AA honors, Bubba came in as a hidden gem of a sanction-limited ‘96 rec. class and left as an elite complete TE who dominated as a blocker and had a huge ‘99 with 45 rec for 565 and 5 TDs.TE590s22
74S Kenny PhillipsKenny came to UM after winning national defensive player of the year awards at CC. At Miami he started 33 games in 3 years, earning Freshman AA honors & multiple first team All ACC spots as a tackling machine and constant playmakerS800s24
73LB Maurice CrumMaurice Crum was a two time All American and a three time tackle leader for the Canes from 88-90, leading a trio of stacked defenses on his way to a national title and the @UMSHoF.LB980s28
72OL Brett RombergAnother catalyst for the Canes, Romberg was a steadying force on some of the best lines UM ever had. The consensus All American is the only Hurricane to ever win the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s top center. @romberg66OL800s23
71OL Mike SullivanOne of the great iron men of Miami football, Sullivan started 48 straight at tackle for Miami from 1987 to 1990, never missing a start and winning two national championships. He was a two time honorable mention All American.OL780s27
70CB Duane Starks@DStarks22 was a prep star coming out of Miami Beach HS and, after a short stint in JuCo, started for two years as a Cane. The true cover corner was drafted 10th in 1998, the first Cane picked in the top 10 of the draft in 7 years.CB790s21
69OL Joaquin GonzalezFresh off his return to Paradise, @Joaquin_UMOL73 had more than just a nice career as a Cane. The former walk-on dominated to the tune of two 1st Team All American honors and the William Campbell trophy (the Academic Heisman).OL600s22
68DE Kenny HolmesThe list of elite DEs at UM isn’t as long as the DT one, but it’s strong at the top. A ferocious passrusher, Kenny was a 2 time captain and 2 time All Big East 1st teamer while collecting 30 career sacks, 3rd all time as a Cane.DE790s20
67CB Kelly JenningsJennings was one of the last Cane DBs to earn 1st team All American honors. He started 41 games, including as a RS freshman on a loaded defense. As a senior he was lockdown, holding receivers reception-less in over half the games.CB600s21
66S CJ RichardsonCJ is sometimes forgotten in the Miami DB tradition, but his senior season was one of the best ever by a Canes Safety. The ‘94 1st team All American had 85 tackles, countless huge hits, and big INTs like the momentum swinger vs FSU.S790s19
65CB Mike RumphYounger fans might forget how good Mike Rumph was for the Canes, constantly making plays and frustrating receivers while starting much of his career and earning his spot on three straight All Big East teams.CB500s20
64LB George Mira, JrGeorge Mira Jr is part of the best Father-Son combo to ever play for Miami. The @UMSHoF member led Miami in tackles every year from 85 to 87 and set the then all time tackles record for a career, a season, and a game.LB880s26
63DE Kevin PatrickKP is in the @UMSHoF after his tremendous success at UM, including starting as a Soph on the 91 title team. @DLineKP finished up his UM career in 1993 as the Big East DPOY, team MVP, and a 1st team All American selection.DE690s18
62WR Randall Hill@thrill333, one of the most explosive receivers in UM history, is responsible for two of the program’s most iconic plays. Against ND he converted the legendary 3rd and 43 and against Texas he made the Cotton Bowl tunnel famous.WR880s25
61P Jeff FeaglesJeff Feagles earned his place in the @UMSHoF after several stellar seasons at Miami, including a dominant 1987 as part of a title team. His NFL accolades are even stronger, as the 22 year pro is the all time NFL leader in punting.KP280s24
60RB Melvin BrattonAt his peak, there’s probably fewer than 10 Canes more talented than Melvin Bratton. His blend of skills was way before his time, as the @UMSHoF finished his Miami career in the top ten of most major rushing AND receiving categoriesRB780s23
59WR Wesley CarrollOne of the under-appreciated Cane greats, Carroll’s name belongs among the very best receivers in UM history. In just two years at Miami, Carroll had 114 rec for 1722 yds, setting the tone for all slot receivers that came after him.WR780s22
58DE Jerome McdougleOne of the best passrushers Miami has had in the last two decades, McDougle was a two time All Big East first teamer and All American as a senior. He dominated VT especially, registering 8 TFL and 5 sacks vs the Hokies in 01 and 02.DE500s19
57OL Eric Winston@ericwinston started his UM career as a blocking TE for Willis’s all time great rushing season, moved to Tackle in 03, survived a bad knee injury in 04, and ended his legendary time as a Cane as a 1st Team AA and the team MVP.OL500s18
56QB Steve WalshThe second of the five title QBs on the list so far. Walsh went 23-1 and led Miami to a title in 1987 while earning All American honors. The @UMSHoF QB left UM for the NFL as one of the leaders in most major passing categories.QB680s21
55OL Richard MercierMercier is of the Mt Rushmore interior linemen for Miami as well as one of the best international Canes FB players ever (Canada). He was All Big East twice and All American in 1999 after starting 48 games for the Hurricanes.OL490s17
54CB Philip Buchanon@PhillipBuchanon is regarded as both one of the best corners AND one of the best returners in Miami history. He won Big East Special Teams Player of the Year honors in ‘01 while making 1st team All American at both CB and Returner.CB400s17
53TE Glenn DennisonThe first great Miami Tight End, Dennison helped lead Miami to its first title, catching two TD passes vs Nebraska in the ‘84 Orange Bowl. He set the UM single season catch record in 1983, earning team MVP and All American honors.TE480s20
52DT William JosephThough some would say McDougle, Joseph was the best DL on the best CFB team ever. He started 51 games for Miami, putting him in rare air for a DL, and collected 50 TFL and 19.5 sacks in his career, including 38 and 15 in just 01-02.DT700s16
51RB Duke JohnsonMiami’s all time leading rusher slots in just outside the top 50. Duke had two really strong seasons followed by one truly stellar one, highlighted by 2000+ total yards and the 2nd biggest rushing yard season in UM history (1,652).RB610s1

Canes Legacy

Editorial staff
Nov 11, 2019
50K Carlos HuertaThe top spot for kickers/punters goes to the local legend, who started his career at UM pulling Miami to a comeback win over Michigan as a freshman, and finished as an All American, a national champion, and a UM Sports Hall of FamerKP180s19
49S Brandon Meriweather@BMeriweather31 is the last Hurricane safety in the legendary tradition to be a First Team All American. He had 216 tackles, 4 INTs, and 15 PBU in his final two years, earning two All ACC nods and multiple UM Hardest Hitter awards.S600s15
48LB Jessie ArmsteadThe first member of the legendary Bermuda Triangle on the list. Jessie, one of the top recruits in the nation, immediately had an impact on the 1989 title team before the @UMSHoF LB became one of the stars on the 1991 title defense.LB790s16
47RB Frank GoreFuture @ProFootballHOF RB Frank Gore had a stellar career at UM, including some legendary moments. @frankgore was electric during his freshman year and evolved into a great all around back, totaling over 2,000 yards for his career.RB500s14
46CB Ronnie LippettOne of the building blocks of the 80s dynasty, Lippett started for three seasons under Schnellenberger, excelling as a cover corner and a big hitter. The @UMSHoF corner made some of his biggest plays against arch rival Florida.CB380s18
45LB Jonathan VilmaAs close to a prototype MLB as you can find, Vilma shined as a leader of elite defenses, even at a young age, making first team all conference three straight years, and is known for some of the biggest hits in Miami history.LB600s13
44LB Jay BrophyJay Brophy is a newly inducted @UMSHoF member after an All American career was capped by totaling 268 tackles in his final two seasons as a Cane. Part of the legendary 1979 recruiting class, his last game was the 84 Orange Bowl win.LB580s17
43WR Lamar Thomas@LamarCoachT is one of the biggest names to play at receiver for the U, setting a tone that’s still felt. The two time first team All Big East receiver is a member of the @UMSHoF and left Miami in the top 3 of every receiving stat.WR690s15
42OL KC JonesThe legendary KC Jones started for four seasons at Miami, making three first team Big East teams and an All American team along the way. The @UMSHoF member is widely regarded as the best interior lineman in Hurricane history.OL390s14
41TE Kellen Winslow IIA great player who has done a lot to tarnish his legacy.TE200s12
40S Fred MarionAlong with Burgess Owens, Marion established the standard at Safety for Miami. He was a true ballhawk as a Cane, intercepting 7 and 6 passes in his junior and senior seasons on his way to All American status in 1981 and the @UMSHoF.S580s16
39DE Rusty MedearisIf not for a career ending injury, Rusty’s place on this list would be much higher (think single digits). The @UMSHoF DE was an All American in ‘91 and capped the season with a four sack performance vs Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.DE490s13
38TE Willie SmithThough he was a TE, Willie was one of the best overall receivers of his generation at UM. The ‘85 All American broke the records for each TE rec stat AND the team single season catch record with 66. He’s also Chase Smith’s dad.TE380s15
37CB Ryan McNeilMcNeil was a two time All Big East pick after his stellar play as a junior and senior, helping UM to a national title in ‘91, then finished up as an All American in ‘92. @RyanMcNeil47 is also the best ProCane CB Miami has ever had.CB290s12
36S Darryl WilliamsAt a school like Miami, the #4 safety ever is still an all timer. Williams was as good as it gets in 1991 on his way to All American status along with several other honors. He and the rest of the D set the tone for the title seasonS490s11
35ATH Devin HesterThe most iconic return man in a tradition stocked with All Americans, Devin Hester was one of the most explosive Hurricanes ever. The All American and @UMSHoF, @D_Hest23 went on to become the greatest returner in NFL history.ATH100s11
34RB Willis McGahee@WillisMcGahee’s peak was shorter than those ahead of him on this list, but it may have been higher than anyone else’s. His historic ‘02 season is arguably the best individual season in Miami Hurricane history (2,108 yards, 28 TDs).RB400s10s
33QB Vinny TestaverdeVinny had two great seasons as the Miami signal caller, including the Heisman winning season in 1986. His one major blemish is the 87 Fiesta Bowl, which kept him from making the list of great Cane QBs to win a national championship.QB580s14
32DT Vince WilforkBig Vince wasted no time making an impact and getting in the rotation as a true freshman on the best team of all time. @wilfork75 consistently dominated the line of scrimmage, collecting 38.5 TFL in just 35 college games.DT600s9
31DL Greg MarkGreg Mark is a member of a very exclusive club of players to regularly start on multiple national title teams for Miami. His versatility and consistency made him an All American and one of UM’s all time sack leaders (34.5).DE380s13
30TE Jeremy Shockey@JeremyShockey slots in as our best TE to ever play for Miami. He was All Big East as in ‘00 with countless highlight plays (ask FSU) before reaching AA status in ‘01, leading the best team ever in rec and dominating the title game.TE100s8
29DE Bill HawkinsBill Hawkins was a three year starter, including 1986 on arguably the best Miami DL ever and 1987 for a national championship season. He wrapped up his Miami career as a 1st team All American in 1988 before going into the @UMSHoF.DE280s12
28QB Bernie Kosar@BernieKosarQB won the starting job at UM after Jimmy Kelly departed, leading Miami to its first national title as a RS Freshman. The UM Ring of Honor member lead Miami to 11 straight wins and won MVP of the ‘84 Orange Bowl.QB480s11
27WR Reggie WayneAppropriate that @ReggieWayne_17 comes up this weekend, because he’s the next Cane up for the HOF. At UM, he was the model of consistency, leading in catches all time with 173 and nearing the top in yards (2nd) and TDs (4th).WR590s10s
26CB Antrel RolleThe best corner to play at the U, @antrelrolle26 was elite from the minute he stepped on the field, earning all Big East in his first season as a starter. His 2004 season, which included locking up Larry Fitz, earned him AA honors.CB100s7
25QB Jim Kelly@JimKelly1212’s overall importance to the rise of Miami cannot be overstated. The @UMSHoF and @ProFootballHOF member’s victory over PSU in 1979 in his first career start set the tone for over two decades of Miami Hurricane Football.QB380s10s
24LB Darrin SmithOne of just a few Canes to earn 1st Team All American honors in two seasons, @DarrinSmith59 was as explosive an athlete as Miami has ever had at linebacker. The ‘92 Co-Big East POY was a member of the celebrated Bermuda Triangle.LB490s9
23OL Leon SearcyA 3-time national champ, Searcy started every game for his final three seasons, including two title clinching bowl games. As a Senior, @LeonSearcyJr1 was a 1st team All American, dominating from the Left Tackle position.OL290s8
22RB Alonzo HighsmithZo’s commitment to Miami was one of the most important dominoes that lead to the 80s Dynasty. He was stellar in his career, bridging the gap between titles as part of a dominant group of rushers with Bratton, Williams, and Oliver.RB380s9
21RB Clinton Portis@TheRealC_Portis was an electric part of the 2001 offense, as he went from big play weapon as an underclassman to a true every down back. He ended the season on a six game 100 yard streak, including 104 and a TD in the Rose Bowl.RB200s6
20DT Lester WilliamsThe late great Carol City legend opted to stay home and play for the U when NOBODY else was. The @UMSHoF DT was an All American in HS and college, and was named national Lineman of the year after his stellar senior season in 1981.DT580s8
19WR Andre JohnsonOne of the most physically imposing receivers to ever wear the uniform, @johnson80 had a brilliant two years as a starter from 01-02. His biggest plays came in the biggest moments, including a 199 yd, co-MVP Rose Bowl performance.WR400s5
18LB Mike BarrowCan’t talk about big hitting Canes without the man in the middle for the Bermuda Triangle. @michealbarrow finished up near the top in all major tackle stats. In ‘92, he was Big East DPOY, an All American, and 7th in Heisman voting.LB390s7
17QB Ken Dorsey@kendorsey11 won nearly every award a QB can win (some twice), a national title, and 38 of his 40 games as a starter. The 1st Team All American and @UMSHoF member also had honor of leading the greatest college football team ever.QB200s4
16WR Santana MossThe definition of a playmaker, @EIGHTTODANINE was electric with the ball in his hands as a receiver and returner. The Carol City alum was unbelievable as a senior in ‘00, earning Big East OPOY and First Team All American honors.WR390s6
15LB Ray LewisThe greatest linebacker in pro football history, the great Ray Lewis started his legendary career as a standout freshman. By the time he was done, @raylewis was a two time All American and finalist for the Butkus award.LB290s5
14QB Gino TorrettaThe top QB on the list is our most recent Heisman Trophy Winner @GinoTorretta. After leading UM to a title in 1991, Gino won every single honor possible along with the Heisman in ‘92, including the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien awards.QB190s4
13WR Eddie BrownDowntown Eddie Brown made big plays all over the field, both catching deep balls and taking short passes the distance. He was electric in ‘83 with 21 yds/catch, and even better in ‘84, going for 1114 yds as a 1st team All American.WR280s7
12DT Cortez KennedyAnother JuCo stud, Tez followed up a strong junior campaign with one of the best seasons by a Canes defender ever in the ‘89 title season. The All American would go on to be inducted into both the @UMSHoF and @ProFootballHOF.DT480s6
11DE Danny StubbsWhile most associate elite DTs with Miami, Dan Stubbs was as dominant as any End in the nation during his run. The @UMSHoF DE is the single season (17) and career (39.5) sack leader for the Canes and terrorized our in state rivals.DE180s4
10S Bennie BladesThe Top Ten brings us the first of three all time great safeties at the U, @BennieBlades36. Bennie was a two time All American, a @cfbhall of Famer, and Miami’s only Thorpe Award winner. His play was key to the 1987 championship.S380s5
9OL Bryant McKinnieThere’s an argument that @BryantMckinnie’s two season playing at Miami are the two greatest seasons by any Hurricane lineman ever. The 2001 Outland Trophy winner was also named overall CFB player of the year by several outlets.OL100s3
8RB Edgerrin JamesThe top RB in Miami’s incredible run of great backs, Edgerrin James helped bring back the winning culture at Miami. The future HOFer had over 2,500 yards and 30 TDs in two seasons as the lead back, including the legendary UCLA game.RB190s3
7DT Warren SappOne week away. @WarrenSapp collected awards during his career like few other DTs in history. At UM, he was a 2x All American, Nagurski winner, Lombardi winner, and Big East DPOY. His @ProFootballHOF NFL career was somehow even betterDT390s2
6S Sean TaylorThe late Sean Taylor inspired a generation of football players from both in and out of South Florida. His 2003 season is one of the best defensive seasons by a Cane ever, earning unanimous All American and Big East DPOY honors.S200s2
5DT Russell MarylandThis once unheralded recruit became a College Football Hall of Famer by the time he was done at UM. The Outland Trophy winner and two time All American was also a two time national champ and never lost a game at the Orange Bowl.DT280s3
4DT Jerome BrownOne of the most significant tone setting players of the 80s, Jerome Brown was an unstoppable force in 85 and 86. While he lacks the trophy case of others, no one who knows Miami football would question the dominance of the late 98.DT180s2
3WR Michael IrvinVery few embodied being a Miami Hurricane like the Playmaker @michaelirvin88. Irvin was an all American in some form every year he was a Hurricane, and finished up as the leader in receiving yards and TDs as well as a national champ.WR180s1
2LB Dan MorganUnanimous All American, Big East DPOY, first player to ever win the Nagurski, Bednarik, and Butkus in the same year, first Soph captain ever at Miami, @UMSHoF’er, CFB Hall of Famer. Even at LB U, @DanMorganJr’s resume is unmatched.LB190s1
1S Ed ReedAfter 200 days, we’re here; the best player for UM since 1980 is the legendary Ed Reed. 2-0 was a 2 time consensus All American, Big East DPOY, and the heart of the 2001 national title team, the best in College FB history.S100s1


Dec 15, 2013
Dan morgan #2
Ray Lewis #15... This is tragic
Dan was great I loved how he played, I just can't accept it...