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Top 5 Miami Hurricanes RBs in NFL histroy

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Every so often it’s always fun too go into the google and find out some random stats. Today after looking at top NFL career rushing leaders, I decided to make a list of the top 5 Miami Hurricane running backs in NFL History. The list by the way is going to be based on strictly numbers and not some arbitrary assesment.

So let’s begin the count down:

5. Willis McGahee

Here’s a man who came into the league with a ton of hype. However that hype was somewhat measured because he sustained perhaps the most influential injury in college football history when he tore his ACL, MCL and PCL in the national championship game vs. Ohio State in January of 2003. Somehow his agent at the time Drew Rosenhaus was able to convince the Buffalo Bills to take him with the 23rd overall pick in the first round. He would sit out all of 2003 in rehabilitation and began his career in 2004. The rest his history, where McGahee is currently 41st all time NFL rusher with 8,474 rushing yards and 65 TD. He also had over 1300 receiving yards at 5 TD catches.

4. Clinton Portis

Portis started his career in Denver like a bat out of hell. It looked like he was going to break all sorts of records. He began in 2002 and rushed for over 1500 yards and 15 TDs. The following year he rushed fro 1591 yards and 14TDs. Then he was traded to Washington for Champ Bailey, where he had a 1300 yard and 1500 plus yard season. Though the rest of his time in Washington was riddle with injuries, he still ended his career with 9,923 rushing yards, 75 TDs and 2,018 passing yards with 5 TDs. He’s currently 30th all time on the rushing list.

3. Otis Anderson

This man was a workhorse. When he came into the league in 1979 with the St. Louis Cardinals, he rushed for 1605 yards and 8 TDs. Though he only rushed for over 1300 yards in a season three times, his first three years, it his longevity that places him on this list. Anderson played a total of 14 seasons in the NFL amounting 10,273 yards and 81 TDs. He’s currently the 28th all time RB in NFL History.

2. Edgerrin James

The man from the small town of Immokalee, Florida, which is literally in the middle of the Everglades carved himself a heck of a career. Drafted 4th overall by the Indianapolis Colts, James bursted on the scene in 1999 with 1553 yards and 13TDs along with 586 yards receiving and 4 TDs. That earned him rookie of the year. He followed it up with a 1709 yards rushing 13TDs as well as 594 yards receiving and 5TDs. After sustaining an injury 1/3 way through his third season, it took until 2003, for James to get his “Edge” back. He would have two more 1500 plus rushing seasons. He ended his career with 12,246 rushing yards, 80TDs, 3364 receiving yards and 11TDs. He’s currently 12th all time in rushing history.

1. Frank Gore

Gore was the last RB to come out of that seemingly constant line of great backs during the Butch Davis era in Miami. He was drafted in the 3rd round by the 49ers, where he spent most of his career. If you look at his annual numbers, he doesn’t have insane stats, but he’s steady. Outside of 2006, which was his second season, where he rushed for 1694 yards, he never amounted more than 1300 in another season. He’s going into his 13th season, with 13,065 yards and 80 TDs, which has him currently at 8th all time. If he matches last season’s rushing totals, which was over 1,000 yards rushing, He will pass Curtis Martin as 4th all time rusher. That’s pretty impressive and it’s a stat most people wouldn’t even know unless they looked it up. When all is said and done, Frank Gore statistically speaking is the best RB to come out of the University of Miami in NFL history.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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Former Canes coach Golden apparently ready for trial against school

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Former Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden is apparently about to have his day in court, while trying to recoup what he says is multi-millions of dollars that the University still owes him from firing him 5 years ago.

Miami Herald writer and columnist Barry Jackson had more on Monday evening that there apparently will not be a settlement by the school with the man that coached them for parts of five seasons in the 2010s.

Golden is seeking in excess of $3 million for what he says is compensation per his contract that he was owed when Miami terminated him in October of 2015 after a humiliating 58 – 0 lost to Clemson. The University says that Golden has been paid what the contract required.

As Jackson reported, there have already been depositions on both sides, including with Miami athletic director Blake James. And both James and Golden will be testifying in the civil suit about what went wrong and how it has not been rectified for almost three years, since the dispute started.

Golden came to Miami after having turned around the Temple football program, but only went 32 – 25 in his four plus seasons. He contends in a chain of emails that were obtained by the media recently, that the University mislead him about the Nevin Shapiro payment scandal and the punishments that Miami was going to receive for scholarship losses and a bowl ban.

He further contends that he asked for tough opponents like Wisconsin and Michigan State to be pushed back on the Canes schedule early in his tenure, while they were in the middle of the sanctions. However, that  James would not relent, thereby, making it much tougher for Miami to compete and win.

The University has had no comment on the possible suit going to trial. Golden’s lawyer told the media recently that they are anxious to have their day in front of a judge and jury.

Golden has been a position coach in the NFL with the Detroit Lions the last two years. Meanwhile, Miami is still trying to find their footing with coach Manny Diaz coming off a dismal 6-7 season where they lost their last three games. That included a humiliating 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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Hurricanes name College Hall of Famer Ed Reed Chief of Staff

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The Miami Hurricanes are hoping to reestablish their winning ways, and coach Manny Diaz is starting 2020 by reaching back to a prominent member of their recent past to help them.

Diaz and the school announced Thursday afternoon that former All-American, National Champion and College and NFL Hall of Fame safety, Ed Reed, will be coming aboard as a newly-created “Chief of Staff” position for Hurricanes football:

As the school’s release said, Reed “will be responsible in advisory role of all aspects of the football program including strategic planning, quality control, operations, player evaluation and player Development among other duties.

Diaz said in the statement,

“We are thrilled to welcome Ed back to Coral Gables,” Diaz said. “He is not only one of the most decorated players in Miami football history but also a devoted Cane who cares deeply about this program. All of our players, coaches and staff will be fortunate to tap into his experience, knowledge and passion on a regular basis.”  

This hire comes on the heels of Miami apparently botching the hiring in a similar role of former star RB  from the 80’s Alonzo Highsmith earlier this month. Highsmith negotiated with Diaz and AD Blake James about looking to come back to Coral Gables after having been in a similar role with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL this past year. Alas, they could not agree. Highsmith has since been fired after the Browns fired GM John Dorsey and shook up their front office.

As for the “Chief of Staff” position, numerous college programs, including Clemson Alabama and Georgia have a similar positions to aid and assist the head coach with the day-to-day administration of program.

You cannot find a more decorated Cane willing to help, as Reed was arguably the best safety in college football in the 2000s. Miami posted a 23 – 1 record over his final two seasons (’00-’01) and he was part of the 2001 BCS Championship team that finished 11-1 and destroyed Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.

Reed with a consensus First-team All-American in 2000 and 2001 and set the Hurricanes record for interceptions with 21 before leaving Coral Gables.

Reed was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018 for his accomplishments.

Reed was later a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2002, playing at 11 sasons with them before playing his final year with the Texans and the Jets. He is a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was an All-Pro six times. Reed was just inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame year ago.

Read was not quoted in the release by the Hurricanes on Thursday afternoon.

However, he did participate earlier during Super Bowl week in Miami with former Hurricanes legendary coach Jimmy Johnson in a special program from Fox Sports with other famous Hurricane alumni like Michael Irvin.

The program called “The ReUnion” dealt with Miami trying to regain the winning ways and dominance of the 80s and 90s.

Miami stumbled to a 6-6 finish and then was embarrassed to end Diaz’s first season with a 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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