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
Conference Big East Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 1
1991 record 12–0 (2–0 Big East)
Head coach Dennis Erickson (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski (3rd season)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Sonny Lubick (3rd season)
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
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.

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 BowlMiami, FL W 40–3   42,751
October 12 12:00 PM No. 9 Penn State* No. 2 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL ABC W 26–20   75,723
October 19 4:00 PM Long Beach State* No. 2 Miami Orange BowlMiami, 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 BowlMiami, 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 BowlMiami, FL ESPN W 39–12   56,721
January 1 8:00 PM vs. No. 11 Nebraska* No. 1 Miami Orange BowlMiami, 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 2 3 4 Total
• Miami (FL) 7 7 7 10 31
Arkansas 0 3 0 0 3

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Houston[edit]

Tulsa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Miami (FL) 0 21 7 6 34
Tulsa 0 3 0 7 10

[2]

Oklahoma State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma St 0 0 3 0 3
• Miami (FL) 17 13 3 7 40
  • Date: October 5
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Game attendance: 42,751

[3]

Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn St 3 3 7 7 20
• Miami (FL) 3 3 14 6 26
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Game attendance: 75,723
  • Television network: ABC

[4]

Long Beach State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Long Beach St 0 0 0 0 0
• Miami (FL) 7 28 7 13 55
  • Date: October 19
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Game attendance: 40,498

[5]

Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

1991 Miami Hurricanes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 17 Bell, ColemanColeman Bell Jr
RB 33 Bennett, DonnellDonnell Bennett Fr
WR 88 Copeland, HoraceHorace Copeland Jr
T 73 Searcy, LeonLeon Searcy Sr
WR 35 Spencer, DarrylDarryl Spencer Jr
WR 36 Thomas, LamarLamar Thomas Jr
QB 13 Torretta, GinoGino Torretta Jr
G 78 V, KippKipp V Jr
WR 5 Williams, KevinKevin Williams Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 1 Armstead, JessieJessie Armstead Jr
LB 56 Barrow, MichaelMichael Barrow Jr
DT 94 Johnson, DwayneDwayne Johnson Fr
CB 47 McNeil, RyanRyan McNeil Jr
LB 45 Smith, DarrenDarren Smith Jr
DB 31 Williams, DarrylDarryl Williams Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 27 Huerta, CarlosCarlos Huerta Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

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

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

[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. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1992.htm