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79 Days to Miami Hurricanes Football: Top Canes to wear #79

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We’re getting there guys! We’re almost through the offseason. Only 79 more days to go!!


For this breakdown of the Miami Hurricanes with the Jersey number 79 we’ll take a look at past player and Hall of Famer Mike Sullivan and current offensive lineman, bar Milo. Let’s get to it!

Sullivan was an all-time great Miami Hurricanes and arguably an even better student. Sullivan was recruited out of the Chicago, Illinois area and once he stepped foot on campus for Howard Schnellenberger and the Canes he immediately became a starter. I do mean immediately, too. Sullivan started all four years of his college career as a Cane which was 48 games. During his first two years in the trenches he was used as a guard and then he was moved one spot outside and played tackle for his last two season. Over his four year tenure as a starter the Canes went 44-4.

He averaged 11-1 each season on the roster. Damn

After winning two National titles at Miami, winning the “Leadership Award” twice which is given out nationally, Sullivan decided to head to the pro ranks. He was drafted in the sixth round by the Dallas Cowboys in 1991. Dallas cut Sullivan in the early part of training camp (in August) but later resigned him for the 1991 season to the practice squad.

After his one season on the Cowboys, Sullivan was picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played four seasons for Tampa where he served primarily as a backup and saw the field on the special teams unit. After his four year stint in Tampa (1992 - 1995) Sullivan was again released and picked up by the Chicago Bears. Unfortunately, Sullivan was released before the 1996 season started.

Once his playing days were over Sullivan took a few years off of Football but returned in 2000 as a position coach with a focus on the offensive line (naturally). Since coming back as a position coach, Sullivan has bounced around the college circuit and even the pro level teaching the art of blocking. Since 2014 Sullivan has called the Tennessee Titans organization home.

Lastly on Sullivan, due to his sterling career as both a student and athlete he was inducted into the Miami hurricane Hall of Fame in 2009.

The current Cane that wears the jersey number “79” is Bar Milo. Milo was a three-to-four-star rated offensive lineman coming out of California. Interestingly enough, he was teammates with Cane great and now pro Brad Kaaya.

Even though both came from the same high school, the production on the field by both players has gone/went in different directions. Kaaya is now in the pro’s backing up Matthew Stafford in Detroit and Milo is still a back-of-the-rotation offensive lineman for the Canes.

Looking forward to 2017-2018 Milo may crack the mid-tier of the offensive line rotation but, from what I’ve read (or not read?) that may be his ceiling. He could potentially get on the field as a key special teams blocker but again, I haven’t read or seen any depth charts with Milo’s name penciled in as a threat to start.

Well, there you have it. Jersey 79 is in the books. What did you think? Leave your comments below.