2002 Miami Hurricanes football team
|2002 Miami Hurricanes football|
Big East Champions
|2002 record||12–1 (7–0 Big East)|
|Head coach||Larry Coker|
|Offensive coordinator||Rob Chudzinski|
|Offensive scheme||Pro Style|
|Defensive coordinator||Randy Shannon|
|Base defense||4-3 Cover 2|
|Home stadium||Miami Orange Bowl
|2002 Big East football standings|
|#2 Miami (FL) †||7||–||0||12||–||1|
|#25 West Virginia||6||–||1||9||–||4|
|#18 Virginia Tech||3||–||4||10||–||4|
|† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2002 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season and sought to defend the school's 1-A national championship. They were coached by second year head coach Larry Coker, and competed in the Big East Conference.
Miami had just come off a national championship season, a team many considered to be among the best in college football history. Many of the starters left for the NFL, but a few key players, including quarterback Ken Dorsey, wide receiver Andre Johnson, and linebackers Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams returned. Despite the loss of numerous starters, Miami was still ranked 1st in the preseason coaches poll.
- Andre Johnson- Blietnikoff Award Watch List
- Ken Dorsey- Davey O'Brien Award Watch List, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award candidate
- Brett Romberg- Rimington Trophy Watch List, Outland Trophy Watch List
- Sherko Haji-Rasouli (OG)- Outland Trophy Watch List
- William Joseph (DT)- Outland Trophy Watch List
- Matt Walters (DT)- Outland Trophy Watch List
- Todd Sievers- Groza Award Preseason Watch List
Schedule and Results
|August 31||7:00 PM||Florida A&M*||#1||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL||PPV||W 63–17||68,548|
|September 7||5:15 PM||at #6 Florida*||#1||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||CBS||W 41–16||85,777|
|September 14||12:00 PM||at Temple||#1||Franklin Field • Philadelphia, PA||ESPN+||W 44–21||33,169|
|September 21||7:45 PM||Boston College||#1||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL||ESPN||W 38–6||73,622|
|October 5||7:00 PM||Connecticut*||#1||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL||PPV||W 48-14||52,131|
|October 12||12:00 PM||#9 Florida State*||#1||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL||ABC||W 28–27||81,927|
|October 26||12:00 PM||at West Virginia||#1||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV||ESPN2||W 40–23||56,817|
|November 2||12:00 PM||at Rutgers||#1||Rutgers Stadium • Piscataway, NJ||ESPN+||W 42-17||27,222|
|November 9||3:30 PM||at Tennessee*||#2||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||CBS||W 26–3||107,745|
|November 21||7:30 PM||#17 Pittsburgh||#1||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL||ESPN||W 28–21||64,897|
|November 30||1:00 PM||at Syracuse||#1||Carrier Dome • Syracuse, NY||ABC||W 49–7||45,679|
|December 7||1:00 PM||#18 Virginia Tech||#1||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL||ABC||W 56–45||76,108|
|January 3||8:00 PM||vs. #2 Ohio State*||#1||Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl)||ABC||L 24–31 2OT||77,502|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.|
Bold indicates starters at that position. Bold italics indicates a returning starter.
- QB- Ken Dorsey, Derrick Crudup
- FB- Kyle Cobia, Quadtrine Hill
- RB- Willis McGahee, Jarrett Payton, Frank Gore
- WR- Andre Johnson, Jason Geathers
- WR- Kevin Beard, Ethenic Sands
- TE- Kellen Winslow II, David Williams
- LT- Carlos Joseph, Tony Tella
- LG- Sherko Haji-Rasouli, Joe McGrath
- C- Brett Romberg. Joel Rodriguez
- RG- Ed Wilkins, Chris Myers
- RT- Vernon Carey , Rashad Butler
- DE- Andrew Williams, Jamaal Green
- DT- Matt Walters, Santonio Thomas
- DT- William Joseph, Vince Wilfork
- DE- Jerome McDougle, Cornelius Green
- WLB- D.J. Williams, Jerrel Weaver
- MLB- Jonathan Vilma, Leon Williams
- SLB- Howard Clark, Rocky McIntosh
- CB- Antrel Rolle, Jean Leone
- CB- Kelly Jennings, Al Marshall
- SS- Maurice Sikes, Marcus Maxey
- FS- Sean Taylor, James Scott
- QB Ken Dorsey: 222/393 (56.5%) for 3,369 yards (8.57) with 28 TD vs. 12 INT (3.05%).
- RB Willis McGahee: 282 carries for 1,753 yards (6.22) and 28 TD. 27 catches for 355 yards and 0 TD.
- WR Andre Johnson: 52 catches for 1,092 yards (21.00) and 9 TD.
- TE Kellen Winslow Jr.: 57 catches for 726 yards (12.74) and 8 TD.
- K Todd Sievers: 12/20 (60.0%) on FG with 63 XPM. Long FG of 53 yards.
- Brett Romberg- Rimmington Trophy 
- "Best College Football Teams of All Time". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
- The Hurricanes are No. 1 in the ESPN.COM/USA Today Preseason Poll! :: Read what head coach Larry Coker has to say!
- National Champs.net (December 18, 2007). "Miami Hurricanes 2002 Preview". Nationalchamps.net.
- "College Football Award winners, 2002". ESPN.com. July 24, 2007.