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72 Days to Miami Hurricanes Football: Top Canes to Wear #72

Take a look at some of the best to wear 72 for the Canes

Miami v Ohio State
Gifted linemen have donned number 72 over the years
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Mario Cristobal

Mario Cristobal from his Miami days

Currently the OL coach at Oregon and the co-offensive coordinator, Cristobal has gone on to have a successful coaching career after his time in Coral Gables. During his time in pads, he was a talented member of the offensive line at tackle from 1989 to 1992. He earned two national championships as a member of team in both 1989 and 1991. Additionally, on an individual level, he was a All-Big East first teamer in 1992. As a coach, he started as a graduate assistant at Miami from 1998 to 2000 before heading up to Rutgers in 2001. He returned to Miami in 2004 but left for the Head Coach job at FIU in 2007. From 2007 to 2012, Cristobal amassed 27 wins with 47 losses at the helm of the program. He has since returned to lower ranks with bigger programs, such as Alabama and now Oregon. He is known to be a gifted recruiter and will look to continue his success in that field at Oregon.

Alvin Ward

Ward was a part of a magical 1983 season that saw the Hurricanes finish 11-1 in route to their first National Championship. Alvin Ward started at Guard that year for what was considered to be a top-notch offensive line, despite no first-team All-American selections. Miami went on to win 11 straight games after initially faltering against number 7 ranked Florida on the road. Talent did not jump off the page when looking at Ward and the rest of the line, but they were a testament to Schnellenberger’s gritty approach to football and group effort.

Brandon Washington

A local player who starred at Miami (FL) Northwestern, Washington played for 3 years along Miami’s offensive line. Earning All-ACC honors in 2010, Washington was a stalwart at Guard for the Canes. After his All-ACC season, Washington declared early for the NFL Draft, where he was selected by the Philadephia Eagles. Washington struggled to catch on in the NFL, bouncing between 3 teams before continuing his career north of the border in the CFL. Washington presently plays for the Toronto Argonauts.

No one has claimed the 72 jersey as of now for the upcoming season, but with such a talented group of OL freshmen coming in this year, whoever dons it next could walk out as the best.