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65 Days to Miami Hurricanes Football: Top Canes to wear 65

A lot of talent has put on #65 for the Canes

Miami v Boston College
Brandon Linder was solid on the line throughout his career
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Martin Bibla

Hailing from Mountaintop, Pennsylvania, Martin Bibla was a staple of the Miami offensive line at guard all four years he was there. After his redshirt season in 1997, Bibla went on to start 4 contests in 1998 and then every game from 1999 to 2001, totaling 41 starts. He allowed zero sacks during his time at Miami, through 47 games. As a result of his durability and standout talent, Bibla was a first-team All-Big East member and a second-team All-American in 2001 as a senior. After Miami, Bibla was selected in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. His NFL career lasted only a brief 4 seasons (2002-2005), but his football career extended into the Arena Football League, Canadian Football League, and United Football League. He retired from the game in 2010 after winning an UFL Championship in 2009.

Brandon Linder

It has not been long since Linder donned the 65 jersey for the Canes. Before becoming an NFL player for the Jacksonville Jaguars, he was a U.S. Army All-American and then an All-ACC second-team selection at Miami. Linder attended St. Thomas Aquinas and was a star for the local powerhouse school. The 6-6 giant ultimately chose the hometown Hurricanes despite interest from the likes of Florida and Florida State. He finished his Miami career having started an extremely respectable 42 games.

Al Carapella

A New Yoker, Carapella played DT for Miami back in the late 1940’s and into 1950. He was born in 1927 and even served for the U.S. during World War II. He played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1951 to 1955 and went to one Pro Bowl. At the age of 90, he is still rocking along today.

Corey Gaynor

Gaynor is now on campus and will wear the #65 for the next four (maybe five) years. He was not highly touted as a recruit but he is a guy that Coach Richt loves and has great expectations for. He could contend for a starting spot on the line this year, probably at center. Whether starting or not, he should figure to be a part of the line rotation in 2017 and beyond. He is listed at a solid 6-4 285 lbs and has the room to pack more weight. Gaynor has immense potential and in three years should be on NFL radars.