Miami Hurricanes in the NFL

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The University of Miami was chartered in 1925 and classes began in 1926. The university’s first president, Dr. Bowman Ashe, proposed a 50,000-seat stadium for the school’s would-be football team. Just one day after work on a temporary stadium began, a massive hurricane struck much of South Florida, leaving destruction in its wake and leveling much of the area. Understandably, plans for the stadium were halted, and classes started late, so it wasn’t until Oct. 23, 1926, that the University of Miami played its first football game in front of 304 spectators.

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While the origin of the team name, the Hurricanes, may be shrouded in mystery (some say it came from the 1926 hurricane, as the university hoped the football team would sweep opponents away just as the storm did), the traditions at the school are very strong, and they’ve certainly produced a ton of NFL players. In fact, they hold a number of NFL draft records, including most first-round selections in a single draft (six in 2004), the most consecutive years with first-round draftees (14 from 1995 to 2008).

Former Hurricanes in the Pro Football Hall of Fame include Ted Hendricks, Michael Irvin, Jim Kelly, Cortez Kennedy, Jim Otto, and Warren Sapp. There are scads of former Miami players currently playing in the NFL.

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There are 46 former Hurricanes in the NFL, spread out among 23 teams. A few teams have four, including the Jaguars (Brandon Linder, Allen Hurns, and Calais Campbell, plus Marques Williams on reserve) and the Chargers (Rayshawn Jenkins and Travis Benjamin, plus Denzel Perryman and Asante Cleveland on reserve). The Panthers have three (Ladarius Gunter, plus Greg Olsen and Corn Elder on reserve). The Colts also have three, including Sean Spence and Frank Gore, as well as Erik Swoope on reserve.

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The rest of the teams have one or two former Miami players, including the Falcons with Jermaine Grace and Matthew Bosher; the Bears with Pat O’Donnell and Dean Bush; the Packers with Justin Vogel and Herb Waters; and the Texans with Lamar Miller and Ufomba Kamalu.

There are quite a few standout players that once roamed the field at what is now the Hard Rock Stadium. Tight end Jimmy Graham, drafted in 2010 by the New Orleans Saints, has been selected to the Pro Bowl four times and has gained over 1,000 yards twice in his career so far, including 2013, when he led all of the NFL with 16 touchdowns. Graham now plays in Seattle.

Frank Gore, who now runs the ball for the Indianapolis Colts, was drafted in 2005 by the San Francisco 49ers, where he remained for a solid decade, putting up a ton of yardage (including nine seasons of 1,000 yards or more). He ran for over 1,000 during his first year with the Colts as well (2015) and has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times.

@fg2132 just passed Barry Sanders (3,062) for the 6th-most rushes in @NFL history.

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Greg Olsen, who is currently on injured reserve for the Carolina Panthers, is another former Hurricane of note. Olsen became the first tight end in NFL history to record three straight 1,000-yard seasons and has been selected to three Pro Bowls during his time with the Panthers. He played the first four years of his career in Chicago, having been drafted in the first round in 2007.

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University of Miami Mascot: Sebastian

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Down in South Florida, amid the sand, surf, and sun, there’s a heavy focus on collegiate sports at the University of Miami. The Hurricanes compete across several sports and have won national championships in baseball, crew, football, and swimming and diving. They’ve also progressed deep into March Madness, making their way as far as the Sweet Sixteen. These student-athletes have helped to establish the University of Miami as a place where academic and athletic success is possible.

There to cheer on the athletes and rally the fans is the school’s mascot, Sebastian the Ibis. Let’s take a look at his evolution, impact, and importance to the students, faculty, staff, and fans of the University of Miami.

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The ibis represents leadership, courage, and strength found in all student athletes, according to the University of Miami Athletics Department. In 1926, the university made the ibis its official mascot. It wasn’t until 1980, however, that Sebastian was born. Prior to that, the mascot actually had two different names. In 1950, the ibis was called “Icky.” This would later be changed in 1960 to Joe Ibis. In 2000, the university updated Sebastian to have a more modern appearance.

Sebastian – played by several individuals over the years – is beloved by fans for his antics. In 1989, he was detained by police for attempting to extinguish the flame of Osceola’s spear prior to a game against Miami’s bitter rival, the Florida State Seminoles. You can see how much Sebastian is loved by the university and its student population.

What a time to be alive 💎💎🙌🏼

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The Beginners Guide to College Football – Become a Fanatic Overnight

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As the sun begins to rise on Saturday morning, college campuses begin to buzz. It’s gameday. Students, faculty, parents, alumni, and fans of college football gather at the appointed time to cheer their school’s football team to victory. Whether you’re a freshman who is attending your first game, or a parent looking to learn the rules since your child is going to a “football school,” we’ll help you get ready in time for the big game with our Guide to Becoming a College Football Fanatic.

Introduction to Football 101

There are 128 colleges that participate in the FBS, Football Bowl Subdivision, which is divided into 11 conferences, each comprised of a collection of different schools. Due to broadcasting arrangements, most schools play a slate of games against their conference rivals and only a handful of games against nonconference programs. The most popular and dominant conference is the SEC, Southeastern Conference, which includes the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Louisiana State University, and more perennial favorites. Other popular conferences include the Big 12, Pac-12, and the ACC, Atlantic Coast Conference.

There are also several schools that don’t meet the requirements (enrollment, scholarship allocation, size of football program) for the FBS but that take part in the Football Championship Subdivision.

First in Class

Each school sends their team to play 10 to 13 games over the course of a season, and the top four teams in the country are identified, ranked, and ultimately selected by the College Football Playoff Committee. They use strength of schedule, head-to-head performance against common opponents, championships won, and other factors when selecting the teams who will play for the National Championship. There’s a lot on the line with each and every game, with a single loss jettisoning a school out of contention for a top four spot.

Tick-Tock, Play-Clock

Each college football game takes place over 60 minutes, broken into four 15-minute quarters. After the first two quarters, also known as the first half, the teams break for halftime. This 20-minute break in play gives everyone – fans, coaches, and players alike – a chance to rehydrate before the second half of the game gets underway.

As the clock counts down to zero, it only stops in certain scenarios. Players stop the clock by running out of bounds or throwing an incomplete pass. Officials or referees pause time by initiating a review of a play, penalizing an illegal play, placing the ball after a team earns a first down, or enforcing safety rules. Lastly, coaches can call a timeout to regroup with their team to discuss a play.

Once time expires and if the score between the two sides is equal, a 15-minute overtime kicks into effect. Each team gets the chance to score. The winner is either: the first team to score when the second team doesn’t; the second team to score if they score more points (touchdown or six points versus a field goal or three points). If each team scores, then the next team to score wins. Alternatively, if they’re tied, a second overtime takes place.

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Student Athletes

If you’re a student who meets the requirements set forth by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), you’ll earn the eligibility to play for a college football team. Colleges recruit players by offering scholarships, but players also have the opportunity to “walk on” and try out for a squad. With their recruited players and walk-ons, the coaches assemble a team that’s comprised of offensive, defensive, and special team players.

  • Offensive Position Titles: Quarterback, Running Back, Fullback, Wide Receiver, Tight End, Guard, Tackle, and Center
  • Defensive Position Titles: Tackle, End, Middle or Outside Linebacker, Cornerback, Safety, and Nickle or Dimeback
  • Special Team Position Titles: Kicker, Long Snapper, and Punter

What’s the Score?

Football is a game; there is a winner and loser. The team that has the most points at the end of the game is the winner. You can score points by running or passing a touchdown into the opponent’s end zone, which results in earning six points.

Teams have the choice of electing to kick for one additional point, or try for a two-point conversion. That’s where the offense runs another play from the 2-yard line and must get the ball into the end zone on that play.

If they can’t get close enough to score a touchdown, teams may elect to kick a field goal that is worth three points. While not a touchdown, this tactic does put points on the board.

Defenses get in on the fun and earn points through intercepting a pass or recovering a fumble and running either into the end zone. They can also force a safety, where a quarterback or running back is tackled in the end zone while possessing the ball. Safeties are worth two points.

However the teams score, you just want the other team to have fewer points than yours when time runs out in regulation.

Which Teams Should I Be Watching?

Alabama’s Crimson Tide looks to be a favorite after winning the National Championship last season. Not only do they win championships but their players also win individual awards for performance, such as the Heisman Trophy for best overall football player. Florida State returns 11 offensive starters this year, meaning there will be less of a learning curve for the team in their quest to get back to the College Football Playoffs. Michigan continues to restore glory to their program, finishing 10-3 last season, the first under head coach Jim Harbaugh. There’s also the Ohio State Buckeyes, who deliver winning seasons year in and year out for their fans. If there isn’t a team you like among this list, then you should usually root for the school you attend(ed). Nothing beats school pride!

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Best of the Rose Bowl: the 2001 Miami Hurricanes

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2001 happened under the most improbable of situations. The University of Miami was in deep decline after losing 31 scholarships, climaxing in a rare losing season in 1997. However, under then–head coach Butch Davis, the Hurricanes recovered to the point that in 2000, the team only lost one game. The decision by the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) to deny Miami a slot in the 2000 National Championship Game lit a fire under the team for the 2001 season, leading to a perfect season and the national championship.

The concentration of talent amassed by Davis and exploited by 2001 head coach Larry Coker from a mixture of in-depth field analysis and “creative” recruiting – such as awarding star players track and field scholarships and then having them “walk on” to the football team – had never been seen in a college team and has yet to be duplicated. The 2001 Hurricanes saw 38 players drafted into the NFL, 17 of whom went in the first round of the Draft. With 46 Pro Bowl appearances, 13 Super Bowl appearances, and seven Super Bowl wins, the 2001 Hurricanes arguably are the best team ever to play in the Rose Bowl.

Measuring Greatness; Miami Hurricanes

To assess the success of the 2001 Hurricanes in the NFL, look no further than the quarterback, Ken Dorsey. The two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and current quarterback coach for the Carolina Panthers – the NFL’s only undefeated team as of Week 15 – Dorsey made 13 starts for the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns and completed 214 of 408 passes for 2,082 yards and eight touchdowns.

By the numbers, the 2001 team was exceptional. The combined tenure of the 2001 Hurricanes in the NFL was 247 years. The team produced 32,151 NFL rushing yards from the line of scrimmage and 33,956 receiving yards. They produced 429 league touchdowns, including 27 defensive scores and seven kickoff returns. The team’s bench, which included Willis McGahee, Vince Wilfork, Sean Taylor, Antrel Rolle, Frank Gore, and Kellen Winslow II, had 18 Pro Bowl appearances among the six players listed alone.

While there will always be an open debate about whether the 2001 Hurricanes or the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers were the best college football team of all time, no one can deny that the Hurricanes are a contender. The team’s 37-14 win over Nebraska in the 2002 Rose Bowl introduced the world to a team that outscored their opponents 512-117, beat Syracuse and Washington back to back for the largest margin of victory against two ranked teams (124-7), and yielded the best point differential of any national champion (+395).

The NFL productivity of the 2001 Miami Hurricanes players

Heads of the Class

In a constellation of stars, it is difficult at times to point out the brightest. But some of the 2001 Hurricanes had stronger NFL careers than others. Take, for example, safety Ed Reed. In his 12-years career that saw him play for the Baltimore Ravens, the New York Jets, and the Houston Texans, Reed collected 531 tackles and 64 interceptions – making him seventh on the list of all-time interception leaders. With nine Pro Bowl appearances and nine defensive touchdowns, Reed is one of the best defensive players to have played in the league.

Miami reserve running back Frank Gore is still lighting up the scoreboard, with four touchdowns and 762 rushing yards this season. With 11,775 total rushing yards – 15th on the all-time records – and 68 touchdowns, the five-time Pro Bowler and first-year Indianapolis Colt (previously, he played for the 49ers) is seeing rushing stats at par for his career average. Wide receiver Andre Johnson – also a Colt – is the eighth all-time receptions leader at 1,040 with 13,964 career receiving yards, the 10th-most in league history.

Standout professionals from the 2001 Miami Hurricanes

Conclusion

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, reflecting on his time with the Hurricanes to Fox Sports, said, “There may have been a USC team that came close. I don’t think any of the other teams come close, from every perspective; point differential, number of guys drafted into the league, the length of the careers of guys in the league once they got there, whatever you want to compare it to. I don’t know anybody out there that would even come close.”

Considering that the team was cobbled together from the ruins of the NCAA sanctions that rocked the University of Miami in the mid-1990s, the 2001 Hurricanes were an extraordinary example of recognizing hidden talents and maximizing resources. While there may be arguably better BCS teams, none had to overcome so much to get as far as they did. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that this squad would find success in anything they desired, including conquering the NFL.

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