1981 Miami Hurricanes football team

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1981 Miami Hurricanes football
Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
Conference Independent
Ranking
AP No. 8
1981 record 9–2
Head coach Howard Schnellenberger (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Kim Helton (3rd season)
Defensive coordinator Tom Olivadotti (1st season)
Home stadium Miami Orange Bowl
(Capacity: 75,500)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Penn State           10 2 0
No. 4 Pittsburgh           11 1 0
No. 8 Miami           9 2 0
Southern Miss           9 2 1
No. 17 West Virginia           9 3 0
Colgate           7 3 0
Virginia Tech           7 4 0
Navy           7 4 1
Cincinnati           6 5 0
Florida State           6 5 0
Holy Cross           6 5 0
Tulane           6 5 0
UNLV           6 6 0
South Carolina           6 6 0
Temple           5 5 0
Boston College           5 6 0
East Carolina           5 6 0
Northeast Louisiana           5 6 0
Louisville           5 6 0
Notre Dame           5 6 0
Rutgers           5 6 0
William & Mary           5 6 0
Syracuse           4 6 1
Richmond           4 7 0
Army           3 7 1
North Texas State           2 9 0
Georgia Tech           1 10 0
Memphis           1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Hurricanes' 56th season of football. The Hurricanes were led by third-year head coach Howard Schnellenberger and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 9–2 overall.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 No. 17 Florida Miami Orange BowlMiami (Rivalry) W 21–20   73,817
September 19 Houston No. 16 Miami Orange BowlMiami W 12–7   32,586
September 26 at No. 4 Texas No. 14 Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, Texas L 7–14   74,653
October 3 Vanderbilt No. 17 Miami Orange BowlMiami W 48–16   27,694
October 17 at No. 16 Mississippi State No. 13 Scott FieldStarkville, Mississippi L 10–14   33,225
October 24 at East Carolina Ficklen Memorial StadiumGreenville, North Carolina W 31–6   20,323
October 31 No. 1 Penn Statedagger Miami Orange BowlMiami ABC W 17–14   32,117
November 7 at No. 14 Florida State No. 13 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida (Rivalry) ABC W 27–19   52,685
November 14 Virginia Tech No. 12 Miami Orange BowlMiami (Rivalry) W 21–14   22,257
November 21 at NC State No. 11 Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina W 14–6   36,500
November 27 Notre Dame No. 9 Miami Orange BowlMiami ABC W 37–15   50,681
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.

Personnel[edit]

Starters[edit]

Offense[edit]

POS Name Name
QB Jim Kelly
HB Smokey Roan Keith Griffin
FB Chris Hobbs Speedy Neal
WR Larry Brodsky
WR Mike Rodrique
TE Glenn Dennison Mark Cooper
T Dave Stewart Bill Welch
G Mike Moore
C Don Bailey
G Clem Barbarino
T John Canei Frank Frazier

Defense[edit]

POS Name Name
DL Isaiah West
DL Lester Williams
DL Bob Nelson
DL Tony Chickillo
DL Tim Flanagan Danny Brown
LB Scott Nicolas Greg Brown
LB Jay Brophy Joe Walker
DB Dave Ditthardt Angelo Holmes
DB Ronnie Lippett
DB David Jefferson Jamie Boone
DB Fred Marion Ken Calhoun

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Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons Alma mater
Howard Schnellenberger Head coach 3rd Kentucky (1957)
Kim Helton Offensive coordinator/offensive line 3rd John Carroll (1965)
Tom Olivadotti Defensive coordinator/linebackers 2nd Upsala (19##)
Gary Stevens Wide receivers 2nd John Carroll (1965)
Hubbard Alexander Tight ends 3rd Tennessee State (1962)
Joe Brodsky Running backs 4th Florida (1956)
Harold Allen Defensive line 17th Miami (1953)
Chris Vagotis Defensive ends 2nd Alabama (19##)
Earl Morrall Quarterbacks 3rd Michigan State (1956)
Bill Trout Defensive line 6th Miami (19##)
Mike Archer Defensive backs 2nd Miami (1976)

Support staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons Alma mater
Ray Ganong Strength & conditioning 3rd Miami (1977)
Mike Rodriguez Volunteer assistant 3rd
Marc Trestman Volunteer assistant 1st Minnesota (1979)

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Statistics[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Comp Att Yards TD INT
Jim Kelly 168 285 2,403 13 14

Rushing[edit]

Player Att Yards TD
Smokey Roan 111 388
Chris Hobbs 75 295
Speedy Neal 58 209

Receiving[edit]

Player Rec Yards TD
Larry Brodsky 37 631
Mike Rodrique 29 478
Glenn Dennison 29 270

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broyles, Bob and Paul Guido. 50 Years of College Football: A Modern History of America's Most Colorful Sport.