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Miami Football: 9 'Canes Who Deserve to Be in the College Football Hall of Fame

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2013

Miami Football: 9 'Canes Who Deserve to Be in the College Football Hall of Fame

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    In the spirit of Vinny Testaverde, the Miami Hurricanes' first Heisman Trophy winner, being elected into the College Football Hall of Fame, it is time to take a look at former 'Canes who also deserve a place in the Hall.

    Testaverde is the 10th Hurricane to be inducted to the Hall of Fame and the sixth in eight years.

    According to the National Football Foundation website, the criteria for eligible Hall of Fame inductees are rather stringent.

    -1. FIRST AND FOREMOST, A PLAYER MUST HAVE RECEIVED FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICA RECOGNITION BY A SELECTOR RECOGNIZED BY THE NCAA AND UTILIZED TO COMPRISE THEIR CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICA TEAMS.

    -2. A player becomes eligible for consideration by the NFF's Honors Court ten years after his last year of intercollegiate football played.

    -3. While each nominee's football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post-football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether or not the candidate earned a college degree.

    -4. In accordance to the 50-year rule*, players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years. For example, to be eligible for the 2013 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1961 or thereafter. In addition, current professional players and / or coaches are not eligible until retirement.

    Notice that the first rule is in all capital letters. The foundation really means it.

    Each of the following players definitely meets the first, second and fourth criteria, and they have passed the eye test of the third rule in my mind.

    Here are nine Hurricanes who deserve to be in the College Football Hall of Fame.

    Did I miss someone? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

    Notes: The playing years listed for each player include January bowl games. All collegiate statistics, records and All-American years from UM media guide.

Jerome Brown, DT, 1983-1987

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    Jerome Brown was a terror for the University of Miami's opponents for four seasons, compiling 183 tackles, 21 sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

    He started four consecutive January bowl games, was a consensus 1986 All-American and a finalist for the 1986 Lombardi and Outland trophies.

    Brown is also famous for his "Did the Japanese go sit down and have dinner with Pearl Harbor before they bombed them?" quote as he led the walkout of the 1987 'Canes before the Fiesta Bowl against Penn State.

    Brown went on to have a successful NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles before he died at the age of 27 in a fatal car accident.

    He was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

Daniel Stubbs, DE, 1984-1988

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    Daniel Stubbs was an absolute menace on the defensive line for the 'Canes in the mid-'80s.

    Stubbs finished his collegiate career with 267 total tackles and multiple school records, including sacks in a season (17 in 1986) and 39.5 sacks overall.

    He was a 1987 All-American and a finalist for both the Lombardi and Outland trophies.

    Stubbs totaled 51.5 sacks in an 11-year NFL career with five different teams before being inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Carlos Huerta, K, 1988-1992

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    Carlos Huerta came to Miami as a walk-on, but he left Coral Gables as a kicking legend.

    A four-year starter and 1991 All-American, Huerta set a then-NCAA record making 157 consecutive extra points and finished his Miami career with 397 points.

    The College Football Hall of Fame currently holds a single kicker inductee in Kevin Butler, but Huerta's numbers are better than Butler's in many major categories.

    Huerta made 57 field goals for the Canadian Football League's Baltimore Stallions in 1995 which ranks second in the CFL's all-time records.

    He was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

Michael Barrow, LB, 1989-1993

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    A two-time national champion and someone who remains near the top of the school's record book, Michael Barrow was one of best Miami linebackers.

    Barrow has the fourth-most tackles (423) in UM history and led the team with 136 tackles in his fantastic 1992 All-American season.

    Barrow even finished seventh in the 1992 Heisman Trophy voting as he was the unanimous Big East Defensive Player of the Year and Butkus Award runner-up. Fellow 'Cane and College Hall of Fame member Gino Torretta won the Heisman that season.

    He played 13 seasons in the NFL most notably with the New York Giants amassing 798 total tackles with 43 sacks.

    Barrow was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 before returning to his alma mater in 2008 to be the linebackers coach.

Dan Morgan, LB, 1997-2001

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    Dan Morgan was flat-out scary looking.

    But he was scary good, too.

    A unanimous 2000 All-American and Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Morgan was the first player ever to win each of the Butkus, Nagurski and Bednarik awards in a single season.

    Morgan's 532 tackles still ranks as the top mark in school history, and he started a then-school-best 45 consecutive games.

    Morgan played seven injury-riddled, yet productive seasons in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers before he was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

    Bonus: Totally irrelevant, but Morgan is still the champion in my personal list of "Scariest UM Headshots."

Santana Moss, WR, 1997-2001

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    Santana Moss is well-known for his 13-year NFL career with the Washington Redskins and New York Jets, but he was an absolute terror for the Hurricanes.

    A 2000 All-American, Moss holds career records at Miami in receiving yards (2,546), all-purpose yards (4,402), punt return yards (1,196) and punt return touchdowns (six). He accounted for 29 total touchdowns throughout his stellar collegiate career.

    Moss is also the only player to win the Big East Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Year awards in the same season as he accomplished the feat in 2000.

    Moss was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Ed Reed, FS, 1997-2002

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    Similar to Moss, Ed Reed is a widely-recognized name among the NFL ranks, but he was one of the best players in Miami Hurricanes' history, too.

    Bleacher Report's Andrew Kulha considers Reed the ultimate "diamond in the rough" recruit.

    Reed was a consensus All-American pick in both 2000 and 2001 and set school records for career interceptions (21) and INT return yards (389).

    He was also a key member on the 'Canes 2001 national championship defense, one that allowed an unreal 9.8 points per game. Reed is also famous for a unique touchdown to seal the game against Boston College to keep the 'Canes undefeated late in the season.

    Reed started 48 consecutive games for Miami, and he was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Joaquin Gonzalez, OL, 1998-2002

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    A very valid argument can be made for Joaquin Gonzalez being the best player to ever step on to the Orange Bowl field for the 'Canes.

    Gonzalez, a four-year starter, was an All-American in both 2000 and 2001, but his most significant accomplishments are what led him to Coral Gables.

    He originally came to the university on an academic scholarship and walked on to the football team. Gonzalez earned the 2001 Draddy Award, otherwise known as the Academic Heisman.

    Gonzalez is also the only offensive lineman to win the Big East Rookie of the Year award.

    He started 49 consecutive games for Miami, and he will undoubtedly enter the UM Sports Hall of Fame in the near future.

Ken Dorsey, QB, 1999-2003

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    Ken Dorsey.

    I think the point has been made, so can I stop there?

    Anyway, Dorsey had an uncharacteristic motion that affected him in the NFL, but for Miami, he was a phenomenal quarterback.

    A 2002 All-American, he set eight school records including career marks of 9,565 passing yards and 86 touchdown passes. Dorsey completed the second-most passes (668) in school history.

    He finished his illustrious collegiate career with a 38-2 record (including a 34-game winning streak), three BCS bowl appearances and was one Terry Porter away from winning two national championships.

    Dorsey won the 2001 Maxwell Award, was MVP of the 2000 Sugar Bowl and 2001 Rose Bowl, and was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

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