1991 Miami Hurricanes football team

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1991 Miami Hurricanes football
Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
AP Poll national champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 22–0 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceBig East Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 1
1991 record12–0 (2–0 Big East)
Head coachDennis Erickson (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorBob Bratkowski (3rd season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorSonny Lubick (3rd season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumMiami Orange Bowl
(Capacity: 74,712)
Seasons
← 1990
1992 →
1991 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 11 Syracuse 5 0 0     10 2 0
No. 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
  • The Big East did not crown an official champion until 1993 when full league play began.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1991 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1991 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Hurricanes' 66th season of football and 1st as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hurricanes were led by third-year head coach Dennis Erickson and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 12–0 overall and 2–0 in the Big East while playing a partial conference schedule. They were invited to the Orange Bowl where they defeated Nebraska, 22–0, to win the school's fourth national championship.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons Alma Mater
Dennis Erickson Head coach 3rd Montana State (1969)
Bob Bratkowski Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers 3rd Washington State (1978)
Sonny Lubick Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs 3rd Western Montana (1960)
Gregg Smith Offensive Line 3rd Idaho (1969)
Dave Arnold Special Teams/Tight Ends 3rd
Bob Karmelowicz Defensive Line 3rd Bridgeport (1972)
Art Kehoe Assistant Offensive Line 7th Miami (1982)
Ed Orgeron Defensive Line 3rd Northwestern State (1984)
Tommy Tuberville Linebackers 3rd Southern Arkansas (1976)
Alex Wood Running Backs 3rd Iowa (1978)

Support staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons Alma Mater
Brad Roll Strength & Conditioning 3rd Stephen F. Austin (1980)
Scott Auker Graduate Assistant
Eddie Gran Graduate Assistant
Jim Michalczik Graduate Assistant
Randy Shannon Graduate Assistant 1st Miami (1989)
Carmen Grosso Volunteer Assistant

Roster[edit]

1991 Miami Hurricanes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 17 Coleman Bell Jr
RB 33 Donnell Bennett Fr
WR 88 Horace Copeland Jr
T 73 Leon Searcy Sr
WR 35 Darryl Spencer Jr
WR 36 Lamar Thomas Jr
QB 13 Gino Torretta Jr
G 78 Kipp V Jr
WR 5 Kevin Williams Jr
T 72 Mario Cristobal Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 1 Jessie Armstead Jr
LB 56 Michael Barrow Jr
DT 94 Dwayne Johnson Fr
CB 47 Ryan McNeil Jr
LB 45 Darrin Smith Jr
DB 31 Darryl Williams Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 27 Carlos Huerta Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 12:00 PM at Arkansas* No. 3 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR ABC W 31–3   46,308
September 12 8:00 PM No. 10 Houston* No. 2 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL ESPN W 40–10   71,842
September 28 2:00 PM at Tulsa* No. 2 Skelly StadiumTulsa, OK W 34–10   35,689
October 5 12:00 PM Oklahoma State* No. 2 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL W 40–3   42,751
October 12 12:00 PM No. 9 Penn State* No. 2 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL ABC W 26–20   75,723
October 19 4:00 PM Long Beach State* No. 2 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL W 55–0   40,498
October 26 10:00 PM at Arizona* No. 2 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ W 36–9   53,349
November 9 4:00 PM West Virginiadagger No. 3 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL W 27–3   60,250
November 16 12:00 PM at No. 1 Florida State* No. 2 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL (rivalry) ABC W 17–16   63,442
November 23 7:30 PM at Boston College No. 1 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ESPN W 19–14   32,071
November 30 7:30 PM San Diego State* No. 1 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL ESPN W 39–12   56,721
January 1 8:00 PM vs. No. 11 Nebraska* No. 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.

Season summary[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

1 234Total
• Miami (FL) 7 7710 31
Arkansas 0 300 3

[1]

Houston[edit]

Tulsa[edit]

1 234Total
• Miami (FL) 0 2176 34
Tulsa 0 307 10

[2]

Oklahoma State[edit]

1 234Total
Oklahoma St 0 030 3
• Miami (FL) 17 1337 40
  • Date: October 5
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Game attendance: 42,751

[3]

Penn State[edit]

1 234Total
Penn St 3 377 20
• Miami (FL) 3 3146 26
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Game attendance: 75,723
  • Television network: ABC

[4]

Long Beach State[edit]

1 234Total
Long Beach St 0 000 0
• Miami (FL) 7 28713 55
  • Date: October 19
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Game attendance: 40,498

[5]

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]

1992 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick Team
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

[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1991 Sep 01. Retrieved 2017-Jan-01.
  2. ^ "Miami shakes off rust, blasts Tulsa." Gainesville Sun. 1991 Sep 29. Retrieved 2017-Jan-07.
  3. ^ "Miami jumps on OSU early." Gainesville Sun. 1991 Oct 6. Retrieved 2017-Jan-08.
  4. ^ "With TV distracted, UM whips Penn St." Gainesville Sun. 1991 Oct 13. Retrieved 2017-Jan-14.
  5. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1991 Oct 20. Retrieved 2017-Jan-15.
  6. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1992.htm