As our countdown to kickoff reaches 57 days, we look at a couple of the top players to sport #57 for the Canes.
The cover athlete for today’s story, DL Allen Bailey came to Miami from Sapelo Island, GA. Bailey came to Miami after having starred at linebacker in HS, but his frame always made people think he would add weight and move down to the defensive line.
Bailey was a special teams and depth player for his first year at Miami. After gaining size (As many had predicted) and moving down to DL, Bailey had 103 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, and 19 sacks over his next 3 seasons.
Bailey earned All-ACC honors in 2009 and 2010, being named to the first team and second team, respectively.
After his college career, Bailey was selected in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Bailey has played his entire 6 year NFL career with the Chiefs. In that time, he has played in 72 games and started 35 of them.
Bailey was placed on Injured Reserve after 5 games of the 2016 season, missing the rest of that year with a shoulder injury. He looks to bounce back for a Chiefs team that will hopefully challenge for a playoff spot in 2017.
A Tampa, FL native, Bernard “Tiger” Clark played at Miami from 1985-1989. In his time at Miami, Clark was a fierce defender who made plays all over the field.
Clark’s big break came in the 1987 National Championship game — a game that Miami would win 20-14 over Oklahoma. In that game, Clark replaced a suspended George Mira Jr at middle linebacker and dominated the game. Clark was named MVP of the Orange Bowl, and helped Miami cap off an undefeated National Championship season.
After another couple years, and the 1989 National Championship to boot, Clark was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Clark’s collegiate success did not follow him to the NFL, however. He played in parts of 2 seasons with the Bengals and Seattle Seahawks before playing 2 years in the arena football league and ultimately retiring from Football.
Upon his retirement from the League, Clark did what many players do: transitioned into the world of coaching. Clark has had stops at James Madison, FIU, USF, Hampton, and Pittsburgh as everything from special teams coordinator, to linebackers coach, to defensive coordinator.
Clark is currently the Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/DL coach at the University of Albany in upstate New York. This will be Clark’s 4th year on staff at UAlbany.
A local standout and sack specialist from Miami Springs, FL, Javon Nanton played for the hometown Canes from 2002-2005.
Nanton burst onto the scene in 2003, leading the Canes with 8 sacks on the year, despite only starting 3 games. Nanton’s biggest game came against Rutgers, where he had 4 sacks and was a continual foil to the Scarlet Knights’ offense.
That’s it for today’s number. The countdown continues tomorrow.