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76 Days until Miami Hurricanes Football: Top Canes to Wear #76

With 76 days until Miami’s first game of the season, SOTU continues to count down the greatest players to wear a Miami uniform.

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Famous Hurricanes to Wear #76

Warren Sapp

As one of the most notable University of Miami football alumni, Warren Sapp has left an imprint on the number 76. Sapp made the shortlist for the Heisman trophy during his junior year at Miami, and became a consensus All-American for the ‘Canes. Sapp recorded 10 and a half sacks during his final season at Miami in 1994, and retired with both an NCAA Championship football ring and a Super Bowl Championship ring. Sapp finished his UM career with 176 tackles and 19.5 sacks, becoming a first round draft pick in 1995. Sapp went on to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1999, and is both a Pro Football and University of Miami hall of famer.

- Picture Courtesy: University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame

Don Smith

While Sapp proved to be one of the most dominant University of Miami defensive lineman in the 1990s, Don Smith dominated in the Orange and Green for Miami two decades earlier. Smith was one of Miami’s first great defensive lineman, and was an AP All-American honorable mention. Smith brought down 10 sacks during his junior year to go along with 90 tackles, and won team MVP during that same year. After a senior season in which Smith was selected captain, the lineman was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 1979 draft. Smith remained in the NFL until 1985 where he finished his career with the Buffalo Bills, and was inducted into the University of Miami Hall of Fame in 1996.

- Picture Courtesy: University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame

Rubin Carter

Predating both Smith and Sapp, Rubin Carter sported “The U” between 1971 and 1974. Carter ran a 4.75 40 yard dash time according to former Miami defensive line coach Harold Allen, and was one of the most sought after recruits in the state out of high school. Carter was a key member of the Miami team that defeated the #1 Texas Longhorns at the Orange Bowl in 1973, and became a first team All-American during his senior season. Carter went on to achieve success in the NFL once he graduated, and had a 12 year career with the Denver Broncos before retiring in 1986. Carter was inducted into the University of Miami Hall of Fame in 1992, and has coached for Florida A&M and Purdue university in recent years.

- Picture Courtesy: University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame

Current Number 76: Tre Johnson -- Class of 2016 three star recruit who was redshirted last season. Johnson will look for snaps behind a revamped offensive line in 2017, as Stacy Searels continues to develop players in the trenches.