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87 Days to Miami Hurricanes Football: Top Canes to Wear #87

Today’s slate is highlighted by star receivers

Reggie Wayne #87... Getty Images Archive

As we inch closer to college football season, we now sit just 87 days away from Miami Hurricanes football. That’s one day closer than yesterday! Let’s get into the top ‘Canes to ever wear the number 87.

Reggie Wayne #87

Reggie Wayne

The obvious choice for the best ‘Cane do even don the number 87, Reggie Wayne is one of the greatest receivers to ever play football, earning a first round selection in the NFL Draft, notching six Pro Bowl appearances and winning a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts. But before he was a go-to target for Peyton Manning in the NFL, Reggie was a ‘Cane.

A lanky kid from New Orleans, Reggie grew into an future NFL star in his four years at UM, from 1997 to 2000. Over his career at Miami, he hauled in 173 passes for 2,510 and 20 touchdowns, including a massive senior year where he caught 10 touchdowns and averaged better than 17 yards per reception.

Reggie received a well-deserved introduction to the UM Sports Hall of Fame on March 24, 2011. His roommate in college was Ed Reed; that pairing ended up doing alright in the pros.

Yatil Green

Yatil Green

Next in line is Yatil Green, who wore the orange and green just before Wayne did. A Gainesville native, Green spurred his hometown Florida Gators to come down to Coral Gables for a productive three year career from 1994-1996, racking up 1,477 receiving yards on 84 receptions, including 10 touchdowns.

While injuries ended up cutting off nearly all of his chance at an NFL career, Green was actually a more highly touted prospect out of college than Wayne, going 15th overall in the 1997 NFL Draft.

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Michael Irvin II

The current #87 on the ‘Canes certainly doesn’t need to make a name for himself—but he’s doing his best to live up to his name. The son of NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin made his way to UM last season after winning the Florida 7A high school state championship at St. Thomas Aquinas his senior year, selecting Miami over Michigan and Georgia. As a freshman, the tight end saw action in a handful of games on special teams and is looking to work his way into the offensive mix this coming season. He should certainly get playing time 87 days from now against Bethune-Cookman.


Who is the best ‘Cane to ever wear #87?

This poll is closed

  • 80%
    Reggie Wayne
    (161 votes)
  • 19%
    Come on did you really think we’d put a second option?
    (38 votes)
199 votes total Vote Now