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Miami Hurricane Football: The 10 Best Quarterbacks in School History

David MayerCorrespondent IApril 3, 2012

Miami Hurricane Football: The 10 Best Quarterbacks in School History

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    The Hurricanes had so many great quarterbacks that came through Miami they were given the nickname "Quarterback U" by the media.

    My current list of top 10 quarterbacks that have ever played at Miami include all, but Jacory Harris (he is up this upcoming draft), of them being drafted in the NFL, leaders of five national championships, two Heisman Trophy winners and multiple other award winners.

    There perhaps isn't a better list of top 10 college quarterbacks at any other school in NCAA history. 

    Note: This list is only based on their play while at Miami. NFL success has nothing to due with my rankings.

No. 10: Brock Berlin (2003-2004)

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    Brock Berlin will not go into Miami's hall of fame, but that doesn't mean he wasn't a good quarterback. The Florida Gator came into Miami and had two very successful years at quarterback.

    One of the most exciting games I have seen actually came from Berlin when he brought Miami back from the dead against his former team.

    Down 10-33 against Florida, Berlin decided to finally start playing and brought Miami back to win the game 38-33. He threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.

    Berlin ended his career at Miami completing 406 out of 700 passes for 5,099 yards, 34 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. He threw 22 touchdowns and just six interceptions in his senior year at Miami.

No. 9: Jacory Harris (2008-2011)

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    I know that Jacory Harris has been one of the most unreliable quarterbacks that Miami has ever had, but stat's prove that he still was one of the best quarterbacks to ever wear orange and green.

    Harris played four years at Miami, rotating starts his freshman year, and ended his career as one of the most prolific passer in Hurricane history.

    Harris ended his career first in pass completions (703) and pass attempts (1,170). And he ended second in passing yards (8,826), total offense (8,823) and touchdowns thrown (70).

    The only reason Harris is not higher on the list is because he lacked leadership and threw way too many interceptions (48) in his career.

    He just completed his senior year at Miami and is awaiting the 2012 NFL Draft. Many publications list him as a free agent pickup.

No. 8: George Mira (1961-1964)

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    George "The Matador" Mira Sr. was the founding father of "Quarterback U," a name given to the elite quarterbacks Miami has produced in its history.

    Mira played in the early 60's and was arguably the Hurricanes first true star football player. Mira was a good passer but also a very elusive quarterback.

    He ended his Hurricane career with completing 368 of 746 passes for 4,623 yards, 28 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. Mira also ran the ball 189 times for 502 yards.

    He was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1973.

No. 7: Craig Erickson (1987-1990)

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    Craig Erickson also statistically ranks as one of Miami's all-time best quarterbacks although having only one truly successful season.

    Erickson was a backup in his freshman season only throwing 37 passes all year. He was the starter in his second season throwing for over 2,000 yards and 16 touchdowns.

    It wasn't until his senior season when he shined throwing for 3,363 yards, 22 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

    In his career, Erickson completed 420 of 752 passes for 6,021 yards, 46 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

    Erickson finished his career in the top five in every major passing category in the Hurricanes record book except touchdown passes in which he is ranked six.

    He is also the only starting quarterback to have two national championship rings—one as a backup in 1987 and one as a starter in 1989.

    Erickson was inducted into the Miami Hurricanes Hall of Fame in 2001.

No. 6: Jim Kelly (1979-1982)

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    Many people will list Jim Kelly as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play at Miami and for good reason—he was part of the first class that turned around the Hurricane program.

    Kelly came to Miami in 1979 and was on a team that was just starting to rebuild. He turned the program from a poor one to a great one in just three years.

    In his senior season at Miami, Kelly was on pace to become the best quarterback in Hurricanes history, but a shoulder injury cut his senior season short after just two and a half games.

    Kelly would finish his career at Miami completing 376 of 676 passes for 5,228 yards, 32 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.

    I would have had him higher if he wouldn't have got hurt that senior season. Kelly was inducted into Miami's Hall of Fame in 1992.

No. 5: Bernie Kosar (1983-1984)

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    Although Bernie Kosar only played two years at Miami (redshirted his freshman year), he will go down as the starting quarterback for the first of five Miami Hurricanes national championships in 1983.

    His 1984 season is statistically the greatest single-season performance by a quarterback in Hurricane history when Kosar completed 262 of 416 passes for 3,642 yards and 25 touchdowns. All but the touchdowns are still number one in Miami's single-season record books.

    He also was on the second-team All American team and took fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

    Kosar finished his career completing 463 out of 743 passes for 5,971 yards, 40 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. He was inducted into Miami's Hall of Fame in 1995.

No. 4: Steve Walsh (1986-1988)

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    Steve Walsh got a late start in Miami as he was redshirted behind Vinny Testaverde in 1986, but it still  didn't stop him from being one of the most successful quarterbacks in Miami history.

    Walsh played just two years at Miami and went on to have an amazing 23-1 as a starter, leading the Hurricanes to their third national championship in 1987.

    After the 1988 season Walsh took fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting and was a first-team All American.

    Walsh ended his career at Miami completing 410 out of 690 passes for 5,369 yards, 48 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

    He is listed in the top 10 in every Hurricanes passing category to this day. He was also inducted into Miami's Hall of Fame in 1999.

No. 3: Vinny Testaverde (1982-1986)

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    Vinny Testaverde was personally one of my favorite Hurricane quarterbacks ever. He had great leadership skills, and he was a great pure passer.

    Testaverde started two years for the Hurricanes and finished with 6,058 yards passing, 48 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.

    Along with the great career stats he also took home several awards in his senior season (1986) including becoming the first Miami Hurricane to win the Heisman Trophy.

    Testaverde ended up being the No. 1 draft pick in the 1987 NFL draft. He was also enshrined in Miami's Hall of Fame in 1998.

No. 2: Gino Toretta (1989-1992)

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    Gino Torretta had a spectacular career at Miami finishing with 7,722 yards passing, 47 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

    The reason why he is so high on the list isn't just because of the top five ranking in almost every passing category in Miami history, it's because he was a winner ending his career 26-1 as a starter.

    The 1991 season was one of his finest leading the Hurricanes to their fourth national championship as they beat Alabama 22-0 in the 1992 Orange Bowl.

    Torretta was showered with awards in his senior season which included becoming Miami's second Heisman Trophy winner.

    With the amazing record and great stats it was hard not to put Toretta as the No. 2 quarterback in Miami Hurricane history.

    He was inducted to the Miami Hall of Fame in 2003 and is currently the only Miami quarterback to be inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame.*

    * Note: According to the College Football Hall of Fame website, Arnold Tucker was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame under the University of Miami and Army. He played one year at Miami in 1943.

No. 1: Ken Dorsey (1999-2002)

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    Not only was Ken Dorsey the No. 1 quarterback in Hurricanes history, he will go down as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play college football.

    Dorsey didn't have the greatest arm in the country and wasn't the most accurate, but he was the total package. He was a field general that was in total control in each and every game he played in.

    Dorsey ended his career No. 1 in almost every single Hurricane passing category. He finished his career completing 668 out of 1,153 passes (both, second in school history) for 9,565 yards (first), 86 touchdowns (first) and 28 interceptions.

    Although he never broke 30 touchdowns in a single season, he is the only Hurricane quarterback to have three straight seasons of 20 or more touchdown passes.

    He won multiple awards throughout his career including the Maxwell Award which is given to the best collegiate player in the country.

    Dorsey finished up at Miami with the most wins as a starting quarterback going 38-2 as a starter. He also led the 2001 Hurricanes to the national championship in which they easily defeated Nebraska 37-14.

    He will soon to be inducted into Miami's Hall of Fame and most likely the College Football Hall of Fame.

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