College football is in the air! Media days are in the rearview mirror, Paradise Camp has quite literally taken over campus (I’m sitting at the Rat gliders on campus typing this after checking out some of the camp and there are hundreds of recruits walking by), and we are just over a month out from kickoff against Bethune-Cookman at Hard Rock Stadium. Let’s talk about some former ‘Canes who donned the number 41.
A local product out of Miami Southridge, Talib Humphrey was named to the Miami Herald 6A All-State First Team after rushing for over 1,000 yards his senior year of high school in 1998. He went the junior college route for two years before wearing the orange and green for his hometown ‘Canes, putting up numbers along the way, including 400 rushing yards his second year of JuCo.
He joined Miami with three years of eligibility remaining before the 2002 season. While injuries and, to state it plainly, a stacked roster ahead of him kept Humphrey from getting too much playing time, he did see action in all 12 of Miami’s games in 2004 as a fullback, even racking up over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown with an impressive 14.6 yards per reception. He tallied 162 all-purpose yards in his UM career.
While Humphrey didn’t put up monster stats, he was the consummate teammate and, eventually, a senior leader for the Hurricanes, who won plenty of games between 2002 and 2004 with Humphrey on the squad.
A reserve defensive back, Wyatt Chickillo continued the tradition of Chickillos running through the smoke for the Miami Hurricanes. Wyatt’s grandfather Nick Chickillo, uncle Tony Chickillo, and, most recently, his cousin Anthony Chickillo all played football for Miami. Wyatt played quarterback at Miami Palmetto in high school and served on the scout team at UM.