Miami Hurricanes 2001: Flashback of the Best College Football Team Ever

David MayerCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2011

1 Dec 2001:  Quarterback Ken Dorsey #11 of the Miami Hurricanes calls a play as his teammate Brett Romberg #66 prepares to snap the ball during the NCAA game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Miami defeated Virginia Tech 26-24.  Mandatory Credit:  Criag Jones/Getty Images
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The 2011 season has officially started with spring practice in Coral Gables on Saturday.

The young Hurricanes were about 10 years old when the best team in college history took the field, in 2001.

Many people will talk about the 2005 USC Trojans, while others will talk about the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers, and some even saying the 1971 Cornhuskers, but none of them are comparable to how good the 2001 Hurricanes were.

It usually starts out with the coach, in this case Larry Coker was not the reason the Hurricanes were so dominate, it was the players that were recruited by the previous head coach, Butch Davis.

Davis, unfortunately, left for the NFL after the 2000 season, but left a team slammed packed with talent.

Overall the 2001 Hurricanes produced 17 first round draft picks, NFL Defensive Player of the Year winner, Defensive Rookie of the Year winner, and multiple NFL Pro Bowl players.

Among some of the superstars were Ken Dorsey, Bryant McKinnie, WIllis Mcgahee, Frank Gore, Clinton Portis, Najeh Davenport, Jeremy Shockey, Andre Johnson, Kellen Winslow Jr, Jerome McDougle, William Joseph, Vince Wilfork, D.J. Williams, Jonathon Vilma, Ed Reed, Mike Rumph, Phillip Buchanon, Sean Taylor, AntrelRolle, Vernon Carey, and Rocky McIntosh.

If the names alone don't make you shake your head in astonishment, maybe the statistics will.

Miami averaged 42.6 points a game while holding opponents to 9.75 points a game. Miami led the country in scoring defense, pass defense, and turnover margin.

Six players were first team All Americans while six players were up for national awards including Dorsey who was up for the Heisman (took third), and McKinnie, who won the Outland Trophy for the being the best Interior Lineman in the country.

Still not convinced?

Miami beat five ranked teams, including an NCAA football record for the largest margin of victory over consecutive ranked teams, 124-7.

Miami played No. 2 Nebraska in the National Championship game and beat them 37-14, a game in which Miami took a 34-0 halftime lead.

So, all in all, there was no better team ever assembled on one football team. Ever.

There were great teams, don't get me wrong, but none with a list of future NFL stars such as the Hurricanes had.

Now, only if the 2011 team were this good, Hurricane fans, such as myself, could stop talking about the past, and talk more about the present.