1991 Miami Hurricanes football team

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1991 Miami Hurricanes football
Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
AP National Champions
Orange Bowl Champions
Orange Bowl, W 22–0 vs. Nebraska
Conference Big East
Ranking
Coaches #2
AP #1
1991 record 12–0 (2–0 Big East)
Head coach Dennis Erickson
Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski
Offensive scheme Pro Style
Defensive coordinator Sonny Lubick
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium Miami Orange Bowl
(Capacity: 74,712)
Seasons
« 1990 1992 »
1991 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 Syracuse 5 0 0     10 2 0
#1 Miami (FL) 2 0 0     12 0 0
Virginia Tech 1 0 0     5 6 0
Pittsburgh 3 2 0     6 5 0
West Virginia 3 4 0     6 5 0
Rutgers 2 3 0     6 5 0
Boston College 2 4 0     4 7 0
Temple 0 5 0     2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1991 Miami Hurricanes football team were the co-national champions of the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season, as determined by the AP Poll. 1991 was a split championship year, though, as the Washington Huskies finished #1 in the Coaches' Poll. The national championship was the fourth won by the University of Miami in football, all of which had come in the nine years since 1983, leading some to dub the era, "The Decade of Dominance."

Starting lineup[edit]

Offense[edit]

Position Name
QB Gino Torretta
FB Stephen McGuire
RB Larry Jones
TE Coleman Bell
SE Horace Copeland
FL Lamar Thomas
WT Leon Searcy
WG Rudy Barber
C Kelvin Harris
SG Claude Jones
ST Mario Cristobal

Defense[edit]

Position Name
RE Rusty Medearis
DT Eric Miller
DT Anthony Hamlet
LE Kevin Patrick
WLB Jessie Armstead
MLB Micheal Barrow
SLB Darrin Smith
RCB Herbert James
LCB Ryan McNeil
FS Darryl Williams
SS Hurlie Brown

Special Teams[edit]

Position Name
K Carlos Huerta
P Paul Snyder
KR Kevin Williams
KR Darryl Spencer
PR Kevin Williams

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 12:00 PM at Arkansas* #3 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR ABC W 31–3   46,308
September 12 8:00 PM #10 Houston* #2 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL ESPN W 40–10   71,842
September 28 2:00 PM at Tulsa* #2 Skelly StadiumTulsa, OK W 34–10   35,689
October 5 12:00 PM Oklahoma State* #2 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL W 40–3   42,751
October 12 12:00 PM #9 Penn State* #2 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL ABC W 26–20   75,723
October 19 4:00 PM Long Beach State* #2 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL W 55–0   40,498
October 26 10:00 PM at Arizona* #2 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ W 36-9   53,349
November 9 4:00 PM West Virginia #3 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL W 27–3   60,250
November 16 12:00 PM at #1 Florida State* #2 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL (Rivalry) ABC W 17–16   63,442
November 23 7:30 PM at Boston College #1 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ESPN W 19–14   32,071
November 30 7:30 PM San Diego State* #1 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL ESPN W 39–12   56,721
January 1 8:00 PM vs. #11 Nebraska* #1 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 22–0   77,747
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Awards and honors[edit]

First Team All-Americans[edit]

  • Leon Searcy, T
  • Darrin Smith, LB
  • Darryl Williams, FS
  • Kevin Williams, KR/PR
  • Carlos Huerta, K

Awards Finalists[edit]

Bold indicates winners

  • Darrin Smith, LB - Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year
  • Gino Torretta, QB - Big East Offensive Player of the Year
  • Kevin Williams, KR/PR - Big East Special Teams Player of the Year

Jack Harding University of Miami MVP Award[edit]

  • Carlos Huerta, K

Other Notable Players[edit]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Leon Searcy Tackle 1 11 Pittsburgh Steelers
Darryl Williams Defensive Back 1 28 Cincinnati Bengals
Craig Erickson Quarterback 4 86 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Anthony Hamlet Defensive End 10 263 Seattle Seahawks
Kelvin Harris Center 12 312 Los Angeles Rams
Carlos Huerta Kicker 12 315 San Diego Chargers

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