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53 Days to Miami Hurricanes Football: The future is now at #53

Continuing the countdown with some ballers

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at Miami
LB Zach McCloud is a baller and his best days are ahead of him.
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The 53 jersey doesn’t have the quantity of players who have starred in it as do other numbers, but the quality is just as high as any, trust me.

Harold “Hal” Sears

Harold Sears
UM Sports Hall of Fame

A Glendale, California native, Sears transferred to Miami from junior college and played for the Hurricanes in 1971 and 1972. A talented Middle Linebacker, Sears starred in a 1971 game at Notre Dame with 26 tackles (21 solo) which earned him Associated Press lineman of the week honors.

On top of that, Sears had 117 tackles as a senior in 1972, which helped him earn 1st team All-American Honors from the Associated Press as well.

Following his career at Miami, Sears served in the United States Navy as a radio operator for 15 months during the Vietnam War.

Currently residing in Miami and working as a Fire Captain, Sears was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

Zach McCloud

One of 3 freshmen to start for the Hurricanes at LB in 2017, McCloud is a prototypical LB. He has great size at 6’2” 230lbs, and will continue to develop his game.

As a freshman in 2016, McCloud had 37 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 pass breakups, 4 QB hurries, and a blocked kick.

McCloud’s statistics picked up as the season wore on, with his best game coming in the Russell Athletic Bowl against West Virginia. McCloud had 6 tackles, a TFL, and a pass breakup (1 step from being a pick-6) in the victory over the overmatched Moutaineers.

A 4-star recruit from Lantana (FL) Santaluces HS, McCloud game to Miami with a great deal of fanfare. He along with fellow LBs Shaq Quarterman and Mike Pinckney form a trio at the position that is among the best in the country.

As he moves forward in his career, look for McCloud to make more plays, and eventually be a high round NFL draft pick. There has been talk this summer that McCloud has made a large leap forward. I, for one, can’t wait to see that born out on the field at Hard Rock Stadium come September 2nd.

Go Canes