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Miami Hurricanes Best of 2013: Unsung Performer

SOTU takes a look back at the best performers and moments of last season. Today we will provide the nominees for unsung performer, and let the fans decide the winner

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Everyone knows about Duke Johnson, Denzel Perryman, and Stacey Coley.

But which under the radar performer had the best season for the 'Canes?

Today I will provide 5 nominees and then let you, the readers, decide.

Nominee #1 Maurice Hagens

For the year Hagens carried the ball just 5 times for 22 yards, and chipped in the passing game with 7 catches for 83. But the big man never fretted over lack of touches,

"Oh, no, [the lack of carries] doesn’t disappoint me at all," Hagens said. "I know my role and what I’m supposed to do. I’m supposed to go and make blocks, so I’m not going to be a selfish player and just want the ball every play. I’m going in there and whatever role my coach has given me, that’s what I’m executing."

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And was there a better lead blocker in the ACC? Miami will miss the 5'11 250 pound fullback's leadership as well next year.

Nominee #2 Shayon Green

Green will never be known mistaken for Rusty Medearis or Jerome Brown. His pass rush skills are not explosive. But at the point of attack, there was no 'Cane who held their own better. Green finished the season with 68 tackles, 10.5 TFL, and 3 sacks. He was also a team captain.

"Shayon is an amazing individual with an unparalleled work ethic," - Miami head coach Al Golden

Nominee #3 Pat O'Donnell

It's hard to be unsung when you are as good as O'Donnell was. But nonetheless as a punter we will include him on this list. Set Miami single-season record with 47.1 yards-per-punt average. Second-team All-America by USA TODAY Sports and third-team All-America by Athlon Sports, as well as First-team All-ACC selection by ACSMA.

"Pat’s a great kid, always locked in, very process oriented, always out here working on his game," - Al Golden

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Nominee #4 Thurston Armbrister

Lost in the struggles of the defense was the fact that Armbrister has a very solid if not spectacular season. Recorded 33 tackles, 5.0 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks and one fumble recovery as a sophomore. Recruited as a safety, the 6'3 233 pound LB make great strides in 2013.

"He’s got long legs, long limbs. I think he’s going to be really big. He can play up on the tight end and do a good job in space, and he’s tough and he’s physical. - Miami DC Mark D'Onofrio

Nominee #5 Clive Walford

Is there a more underused weapon on the UM offense? Though he finished with 34 catches for 454 yards and 2 TDs, it seemed like 6'4 259 pound tight end was under the radar and sometimes underused. Look for more production in 2014 from the Mackey Award nominee.

Bonus Nominee - Ereck Flowers

6'6 315 pound tackle started all 13 games this year. Emerging as arguably the best offensive lineman on the team. The talented tackle also played in all 12 games as a freshman, making four starts during the 2012 season.

So who do you think was Miami's most valuable unsung performer this season?

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