By way of comparison, the Florida Gators have only had 18 players in the Pro Bowl all-time.
WR Andre Johnson (Houston Texans), WR Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts), DL Vince Wilfork (New England Patriots), LB Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens), S Ed Reed (Baltimore Ravens), S Brandon Meriweather (New England Patriots), OL Bryant McKinnie (Minnesota Vikings), LB Jonathan Vilma (New Orleans Saints), RB Frank Gore (San Francisco 49ers), S Antrel Rolle (Arizona Cardinals) and LB Jon Beason (Carolina Panthers) will represent “The U” on the Pro Bowl roster.
McKinnie was kicked off the squad due to too many missed practices. Reed will not play due to injury. Wayne and Vilma will not play as they are in next week’s Super Bowl.
“The U has turned out some great players,” Rolle said. “We’re amongst the best of the best in the league and it shows out there each and every Sunday.”
Every recruit should take notice of this roster, or the poster the marketing department issued a few years ago or the cereal box from last year and learn that success in the NFL often flows through Coral Gables.
Former Hurricanes and former San Francisco 49ers defensive back Mike Rumph will hold a youth football camp tomorrow, January 30, from 9am to 3pm on the practice fields behind the Tom Oxley Athletic Center on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Former ‘Canes stars Santana Moss and Duane Starks are also scheduled to appear.
The ‘Canes will be led by preseason All-America catcher Yasmani Grandal. Grandal emerged last season as one of the top power hitters in the ACC, leading Miami and all ACC catchers with 16 home runs. The Miami native led the ‘Canes with a 1.081 OPS in 2009 en route to earning All-ACC second team honors. He finished his sophomore season ranking second on the team in slugging percentage (.599) and total bases (118), while collecting 45 RBI and 48 runs scored in 59 games.
In his two seasons in Coral Gables, Grandal has 23 home runs, 73 RBI and a .978 fielding percentage in 97 career games. After hitting .234 as a freshman in 2008, he improved his average by 65 points last year to .299. Over the summer, Grandal was a key member of Team USA during its championship run at the 2009 World Baseball Challenge.
Miami’s Danielle Mills clinched match point for the Hurricanes with a 6-1, 6-0 win over the Owls’ Cassie Bergeson and the ‘Canes extended their all-time record against FAU to 27-0 with a 7-0 victory on Saturday in Coral Gables.
Behind Riquna Williams’ two three-pointers in the final minute, including the game-winner with 2.4 seconds left, and Shenise Johnson’s 17 points, the Hurricanes snapped the Maryland Terrapins’ 48 game home winning streak 80-77 on Thursday. The streak was the second longest active home winning streak in the nation, behind only Connecticut’s current 58 game streak.
Former Hurricanes and current New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is behind a new T-Shirt entitled, “Department of Domeland Defense,” a play on words merging the Department of Homeland Defense and the New Orleans Superdome, the Saints home.
A portion of the proceeds will be directed to a Haiti charity of Jonathan’s choice.
Vilma’s parents immigrated to the United States from Haiti in the 1970s.
Fans can order the shirt online here.
Miami blew a 17 point lead as the Eagles trailed 58-41 before a 22-7 run got them back in the game. The Hurricanes shot just 10 of 29 from the floor in the second half.
Goebel started 51 of 53 games and was Miami’s team captain in 2009. She scored the game-winning goal in an October victory over eventual national champion North Carolina.
Former Hurricane and current Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed told Peter King of Sports Illustrated after his team’s loss to the Colts Saturday he may retire. Reed, 31, said after the game a nerve impingement in his neck may force him to call it quits in the prime of his career. Reed added, “I’ve been thinking about it often, and I’m thinking about it now.”
Read King’s entry on his blog about the Reed situation by clicking here.
Leading scorer and rebounder Dwayne Collins and the #23 Hurricanes visit Virgina tonight at 8pm. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Collins leads the ‘Canes with 12.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Against Wake Forest last week, Collins had 11 rebounds and a season-high 23 points.
Morgan Stroman added 15 points for the ‘Canes, while ACC scoring leader Riquna Williams was held to 10 points on 4 of 23 shooting from the floor. Diane Barnes (above) added 5 boards and 8 points.
Najeh Davenport, shown here with Edgerrin James during the 1999 season, is one of five Hurricanes running backs featured in the upcoming documentary, “A Tale of 5,” scheduled for release this fall.
Former Hurricanes defensive back Ed Reed had a second-quarter interception and two tackles during the Baltimore Ravens’ 33-14 victory over the New England Patriots last Sunday. Reed now has six interceptions in as many playoff games all-time.
Stroman currently leads all ACC rookies in steals, averaging 2.0 per game, and ranks third among active league newcomers in rebounding with 6.4 per game.
Against FSU, Stroman scored 14 points, her fifth double-figure scoring effort of the season. In addition, the 2009 McDonald’s All-American added five rebounds, three steals, and went six-for-seven at the free-throw line. All five of her rebounds came on the offensive end, extending possessions for #25 ranked Miami.
The ‘Canes (13-2) earned their first win over a top-15 team since beating #10 Purdue on December 19, 1991.
Dwayne Collins had 11 rebounds and a season-high 23 points to lead the Hurricanes to a 67-66 win over Wake Forest in their ACC home opener last night. The Hurricanes (15-1, 1-1), are off to their best start in 50 years.
The ‘Canes (12-2) are led by sophomore guard Riquna Williams, who is averaging 22.1 points per game, and sophomore forward Shenise Johnson, who is averaging 18.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
The ‘Canes (14-1) completed their non-conference schedule with a 14-0 record, going undefeated in non-league play for the first time in school history. The lone loss was against conference foe Boston College last month.
James Dews leads Miami in scoring this season, averaging 12.7 points per game. Dews ranks 3rd in the conference from behind the arc, averaging 48.6%, and is 4th among active ACC players with 147 career three-point shots.
Former Hurricanes RB Jarrett Payton has signed to play with the Chicago Slaughter of the Indoor Football League.
Payton will wear his father’s familiar #34 jersey when the Slaughter begins Indoor Football League play on February 27th for coach Steve McMichael, a former teammate of Payton’s father Walter with the Chicago Bears.
Payton last played for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL after stints with the Tennessee Titans of the NFL, the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe and the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.
Hurricanes sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris will have a routine surgical procedure performed on his right thumb today. Supposedly the surgery is very minor, and Harris is expected to miss a portion of spring practice.
Harris completed 242-of-406 passes for 3,352 yards and 24 touchdowns in 13 games for the Hurricanes this season. He became the seventh Miami quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in a single season. He completed 59.6 percent of his passes and had a 140.1 passing efficiency.
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