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54 Days until Miami Hurricanes Football: Top Canes to Wear #54

With 54 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 #54

Jay Brophy

A 1983 national champion for the Miami Hurricanes, Brophy was a star linebacker during his years in Coral Gables. Brophy originally left Miami for another job after his freshman season in 1980, but returned to finish his career with a national title. Brophy was instrumental in Miami’s defensive disruption, and helped turn the ‘Canes into a national power. The linebacker brought down three interceptions during his senior season according to, and went on to play four years in the NFL. Brophy played for the Dolphins and Jets from 1984-1987, and suited up in Super Bowl XIX in 1985 with the fins.

Bill Hawkins

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A 2000 University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Hawkins was an All-American for Miami in the 1980s. Hawkins brought down 8.5 sacks in 1988, and recorded 19 career tackles for loss. Hawkins was a vital part of Miami’s 1987 National Championship defense, and finished his career in the top 10 on the all-time sack list. Hawkins was drafted in the first round of the 1989 draft, and played four years with the Rams in the NFL.

James Burgess Sr.

He finished his career top ten on Miami’s all-time tackles list, and was a dominating force for Miami defensively. James Burgess Sr. produced for the ‘Canes on a weekly basis, and was a fixture in the linebacking corps between 1993-1996. Burgess was second on the team in tackles during all of his final three seasons at Miami, and played alongside Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis in 1995. Burgess finished his Miami career with over 340 total tackles, and played in over 40 games wearing the orange and green..

Teraz McCray

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As a defensive lineman for Miami in the mid-2000s, McCray was a run-stuffer who started eight games for Miami during his junior season. McCray recovered from an ACL injury in the Spring of 2005 to finish his junior year with 25 tackles, 8 quarterback hurries, and two sacks to go along with a forced fumble. Despite only starting eight games after his junior season, McCray played a large role as a backup defensive tackle appearing in 11 games as a freshman. McCray signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2008, and finished his Miami career with 63 tackles.