Miami Hurricanes All-Time Players: Defense

Danny DolphinAnalyst IJuly 5, 2010

MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 21:  Defensive back Sean Taylor #26 and linebacker Darrell McClover #49 of the Miami Hurricanes stand on the field during the Big East Conference football game against the Boston College Eagles on September 21, 2002 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.  Miami won 38-6. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Note: This list does not take into account the NFL career of these players. It is purely based on their time at the University of Miami.

Defensive End

Ted Hendricks (1966 – 1968)

Hendricks is a football legend.

He was voted into both the NCAA and NFL Hall of Fames. He was a two-time All American at Miami and finished his career with 327 tackles.

Jerome McDougle (2000 – 2002)

McDougle played in two national championships with Miami in 2001 and 2002. And was a two-time All-Big East selection during his tenure with 'Canes.

Defensive Tackle

Warren Sapp (1992 – 1994)

There may never be a more dominant tackle at the college level than Sapp.

He had an extremely rare blend of quickness and strength. Opposing coaches had to design game-plans revolving around containing the former All-American and Lombardi Award winner.

Jerome Brown (1983 – 1986)

Big Jerome was one bad dude.

He was on one of the most talented and ruthless teams in 'Canes history. He was an intimidator with his size and swagger.


Ray Lewis (1993 – 1995)

The former All-American had incredible range for a man of his size and it allowed him to lead the Big East in tackles for two straight seasons.

Dan Morgan (1997 – 2000)

Another steady linebacker who simply did not miss tackles.

Morgan was a machine and finished his career with 532 tackles and a Big East Record.

Jon Vilma (2000 – 2003)

Vilma was a mini-version of Ray Lewis.

He was the leader of a couple of superb defenses when Miami went to two national championships.


Antrel Rolle (2001 – 2004)

Rolle, besides having one of the best names in Hurricane’s history, was a physical, shutdown corner.

Phillip Buchanon (1999 – 2001)

Another gem on that incredible 2001 defense.


Ed Reed (1998 – 2001)

One of the best safeties in the history of football, college or pro.

He led the nation in interceptions in 2001 with nine. Opposing quarterbacks rarely threw deep on Reed and when they did it had a good chance of getting picked for six.

Sean Taylor (2001 – 2003)

Like Ed Reed he was a monster in the secondary with amazing ball skills.

The thing that separated Taylor from most safeties was his surreal combination of power and speed.

Most wideouts who went over the middle on Taylor knew it was likely going to end up with them on their backs.

Check out the Miami Hurricanes All-Time Offense HERE .