1991 Miami Hurricanes football
Miami Hurricanes logo.svg
AP Poll national champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 22–0 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceBig East Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 1
1991 record12–0 (2–0 Big East)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBob Bratkowski (3rd season)
Offensive schemeOne-Back Spread
Defensive coordinatorSonny Lubick (3rd season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumMiami Orange Bowl
(Capacity: 74,712)
Seasons
← 1990
1992 →
1991 Big East Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 11 Syracuse 5 0 0 10 2 0
No. 1 Miami (FL) 2 0 0 12 0 0
Virginia Tech 1 0 0 5 6 0
Pittsburgh 3 2 0 6 5 0
West Virginia 3 4 0 6 5 0
Rutgers 2 3 0 6 5 0
Boston College 2 4 0 4 7 0
Temple 0 5 0 2 9 0
  • The Big East did not crown an official champion until 1993 when full league play began.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1991 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Hurricanes' 66th season of football and first as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hurricanes were led by third-year head coach Dennis Erickson and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 12–0 overall and 2–0 in the Big East while playing a partial conference schedule. They were invited to the Orange Bowl where they defeated Nebraska, 22–0. The Hurricanes were named as national champions by the AP Poll, the program's fourth national championship. The Washington Huskies, who also finished 12–0 overall, were named as champions by the Coaches Poll.

Personnel

Coaching staff

Name Position Seasons Alma Mater
Dennis Erickson Head coach 3rd Montana State (1969)
Bob Bratkowski Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers 3rd Washington State (1978)
Sonny Lubick Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs 3rd Western Montana (1960)
Gregg Smith Offensive Line 3rd Idaho (1969)
Dave Arnold Special Teams/Tight Ends 3rd
Bob Karmelowicz Defensive Line 3rd Bridgeport (1972)
Art Kehoe Assistant Offensive Line 7th Miami (1982)
Ed Orgeron Defensive Line 3rd Northwestern State (1984)
Tommy Tuberville Linebackers 3rd Southern Arkansas (1976)
Alex Wood Running Backs 3rd Iowa (1978)

Support staff

Name Position Seasons Alma Mater
Brad Roll Strength & Conditioning 3rd Stephen F. Austin (1980)
Scott Auker Graduate Assistant
Eddie Gran Graduate Assistant
Jim Michalczik Graduate Assistant 2nd Washington State (1989)
Randy Shannon Graduate Assistant 1st Miami (1989)
Carmen Grosso Volunteer Assistant

Roster

1991 Miami Hurricanes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 17 Coleman Bell Jr
WR 88 Horace Copeland Jr
TE 82 Carlos Etheredge Jr
T 72 Mario Cristobal Jr
RB 30 Stephen McGuire Jr
RB 33 Russell Sapp Sr
T 73 Leon Searcy Sr
WR 35 Darryl Spencer Jr
WR 36 Lamar Thomas Jr
QB 13 Gino Torretta Jr
G 78 Kipp Vickers Jr
WR 5 Kevin Williams So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 1 Jessie Armstead Jr
LB 56 Michael Barrow Jr
DT 94 Dwayne Johnson So
CB 47 Ryan McNeil Jr
DE 93 Robert J Davis So
LB 45 Darrin Smith Jr
DB 31 Darryl Williams Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 27 Carlos Huerta Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt

Roster

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
August 3112:00 pmat Arkansas*No. 3W 31–346,308
September 128:00 pmNo. 10 Houston*No. 2W 40–1071,842
September 282:00 pmat Tulsa*No. 2W 34–1035,689
October 512:00 pmOklahoma State*No. 2
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 40–342,751
October 1212:00 pmNo. 9 Penn State*No. 2
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 26–2075,723
October 194:00 pmLong Beach State*No. 2
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 55–040,498
October 2610:00 pmat Arizona*No. 2W 36–953,349
November 94:00 pmWest VirginiadaggerNo. 3
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 27–360,250
November 1612:00 pmat No. 1 Florida State*No. 2W 17–1663,442
November 237:30 pmat Boston CollegeNo. 1W 19–1432,071
November 307:30 pmSan Diego State*No. 1
  • Miami Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 39–1256,721
January 18:00 pmvs. No. 11 Nebraska*No. 1
W 22–077,747
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Rankings

Further information: 1991 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final
AP3 (2)3 (1)2 (2)2 (8)2 (8)2 (2)2 (1)2 (1)2 (2)2 (3)2 т (3)2 (3)1 (46)1 (37 12)1 (37)1 (32)
Coaches2 (3)2 (3)2 (3)2 (6)2 (5)2 (3)2 (3)2 (3)2 (4)2 (4)2 (4)2 (4)1 (44)1 (32)2 (30)2 (25 12)

Season summary

Arkansas

#3 Miami (FL) at Arkansas
1 234Total
Hurricanes 7 7710 31
Razorbacks 0 300 3

See also: 1991 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

[1]

Houston

See also: 1991 Houston Cougars football team

[2]

Tulsa

#2 Miami (FL) at Tulsa
1 234Total
Hurricanes 0 2176 34
Golden Hurricane 0 307 10

See also: 1991 Tulsa Golden Hurricane football team

[3]

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State at #2 Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Cowboys 0 030 3
Hurricanes 17 1337 40
  • Date: October 5
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Game attendance: 42,751

See also: 1991 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team

[4]

Penn State

#9 Penn State at #2 Miami (FL)
1 234Total
Nittany Lions 3 377 20
Hurricanes 3 3146 26
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Game attendance: 75,723
  • Television network: ABC

See also: 1991 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

[5]

Long Beach State

Long Beach State at #2 Miami (FL)
1 234Total
49ers 0 000 0
Hurricanes 7 28713 55
  • Date: October 19
  • Location: Orange Bowl
  • Game attendance: 40,498

See also: 1991 Long Beach State 49ers football team

[6]

Arizona

See also: 1991 Arizona Wildcats football team

West Virginia

See also: 1991 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

Florida State

#2 Miami (FL) at #1 Florida State
1 234Total
Hurricanes 7 0010 17
Seminoles 3 733 16
   

Main article: Wide Right I

See also: 1991 Florida State Seminoles football team and Florida State–Miami football rivalry

Boston College

See also: 1991 Boston College Eagles football team

San Diego State

See also: 1991 San Diego State Aztecs football team

vs. Nebraska (Orange Bowl)

#1 Miami (FL) vs. #11 Nebraska
1 234Total
Hurricanes 13 090 22
Cornhuskers 0 000 0

Main article: 1992 Orange Bowl

See also: 1991 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

Awards and honors

First Team All-Americans

Awards Finalists

Bold indicates winners

Russell Sapp, RB/KR/PR -Big East Co-Special Teams Player of the Year

Jack Harding University of Miami MVP Award

Other notable players

1992 NFL Draft

Main article: 1992 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Pick Team
Leon Searcy Tackle 1 11 Pittsburgh Steelers
Darryl Williams Defensive Back 1 28 Cincinnati Bengals
Craig Erickson Quarterback 4 86 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Anthony Hamlet Defensive End 10 263 Seattle Seahawks
Kelvin Harris Center 12 312 Los Angeles Rams
Carlos Huerta Kicker 12 315 San Diego Chargers

[7]

References

  1. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1991 Sep 01. Retrieved 2017-Jan-01.
  2. ^ "Miami bad boys humble Houston in 40-10 win". The Baltimore Sun. September 13, 1991. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Miami shakes off rust, blasts Tulsa." Gainesville Sun. 1991 Sep 29. Retrieved 2017-Jan-07.
  4. ^ "Miami jumps on OSU early." Gainesville Sun. 1991 Oct 6. Retrieved 2017-Jan-08.
  5. ^ "With TV distracted, UM whips Penn St." Gainesville Sun. 1991 Oct 13. Retrieved 2017-Jan-14.
  6. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1991 Oct 20. Retrieved 2017-Jan-15.
  7. ^ "1992 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Archived from the original on 2007-12-21.