As we inch another day closer to September 2nd, we will highlight players who have worn number 48.
Bubba McDowell, from Fort Gaines, GA was a standout safety in his four years at Miami. McDowell was part of the 1987 National Championship team, and two years later in the 1989 NFL Draft selected by the Houston Oilers in the third round. McDowell went on to play with the Oilers for six years, then finished his career with the Carolina Panthers.
Like Bubba, Chris Campbell was a champion (2001). Campbell had been a starter for the Hurricanes at strongside linebacker since midway through the 1999 season, starting 30 consecutive games before missing the 2002 Rose Bowl after suffering an infection to his left knee following minor surgery. Campbell finished third on the team with 68 tackles in 2001. Campbell had so much promise as a prototypical NFL Linebacker, but unfortunately, his career and life were cut short by a car crash.
Spencer Adkins' road to the NFL was very rare, but not unheard of. As a Freshman at Naples High School, Adkins was pressured into playing football by his friends. At first, he played Defensive End, but by his Junior year, he made 80 tackles and 12 sacks at Linebacker. By the end of his Senior season, Adkins was a four-star recruit and signed with Miami. Like in high school, Adkins saw very little play time as an underclassmen at Miami, but in his senior year recorded 52 tackles. In the 2009 NFL Draft, Adkins was selected in the Sixth Round by the Atlanta Falcons. Adkins went on to play for the Falcons for three seasons, then carried on his career in short stints with the Ravens and Giants.
Calvin Carrie may not be as decorated as the three players above him, nor is he known by most, if not all, Hurricane fans. Calvin Carrie, from local Westminster Academy (Fort Lauderdale, FL), was very underrated and overlooked in high school. Playing wide receiver and cornerback, Carrie caught 16 passes for 369 yards and five touchdowns as a senior last year. With a solid 6-1, 170 lb build and speed, Carrie could make an impact on special teams as early as this year and certainly for the next four years.