There is less than three weeks remaining before we finally see the Miami Hurricanes take to the field in a game. Until then, we will continue our countdown of ’Canes greats. Today, we shine the spotlight on players who have worn number 20, which is the same amount of days remaining until the season commences.
Before swagger became a buzzword for Hurricanes fans, QB Bernie Kosar possessed bravado at a position where other quarterbacks took a more modest approach. From Bortman, Ohio, Kosar came to Miami to not only compete for the starting QB position but also secure a solid education. He went on to beat out Vinny Testaverde and others for the starting position.
After losing the opening game of the 1983 season, Kosar promised the team he would be better moving forward. The Hurricanes did not lose another game that season. They went to the Orange Bowl and secured the school’s first national championship. To add to his lore, Kosar accomplished the feat as a redshirt freshman.
Kosar played for the ’Canes for only two seasons, from 1983 to 1984, yet left the school with multiple school records, including for passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense, and passes completed in a career by a UM quarterback. Even though all of those records have since fallen, Kosar was a dynamic talent at football’s most important position.
Kosar was a first-round pick in the 1984 supplemental draft by the Cleveland Browns. He spent nine seasons with the Browns, which given the current state of that franchise is an astonishing feat. In 1993 Kosar reunited with his 1984 UM coach, Jimmie Johnson, as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Kosar earned a Super Bowl 27 ring with the team. He finished his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins and had 23,301 passing yards and 124 touchdowns in his illustrious NFL career.
Kosar was inducted into the University of Miami’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1995 and its Ring of Honor in 1998.
We now get the chance to pay homage to Edward Earl Reed Jr., one of the greatest ’Canes ever. A multi-sport star in his home state of Louisiana, Reed excelled in basketball, football, and track and field.
With Ed Reed, the University of Miami had a true leader. He displayed leadership in various ways, by giving pep talks and leading by example. He also served as a dynamic playmaker when he stepped between the lines. He could roam the deep part of the field as a traditional safety or field the ball as a returner.
While Reed was physically gifted, his instincts set him apart from other players. His ability to track and locate the ball, know where the QB was going to throw it, enabled him to make momentum=shifting plays. Getting an interception is great, but every time Reed snagged one, he had the vision and ability to take the ball back for the six. Miami fans will remember when he won the game by “politely asking for the ball from Matt Walter," taking it for a touchdown to seal a victory over Boston College.
Reed set school records in career interceptions (21), career interception return yards (389), and interception return yards in a single season (206).
While Ray Lewis is known for giving impassioned speeches, even he couldn’t top the gem that Reed dropped on his 2001 Hurricane teammates as they left the locker room, up at halftime against rival Florida State.
Reed was named a consensus All-American and All-Big East team member in 2000 and 2001. He was named co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year along with Syracuse’s Dwight Freeney in 2001. He was also a freshman All-American in 1998.
After the 2001 season, Reed took his talents to the NFL, where he was drafted 24th overall in 2002 by the Baltimore Ravens. Reed played on the same defense as another alpha-personality Hurricane, Ray Lewis; both men kept offensive coordinators up at night.
In a Hall of Fame–worthy career, Reed’s NFL accomplishments included being named a first-team All-Pro (five times), leading the NFL in interceptions in three different seasons (2004, 2008, 2010), being named NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2004), and winning Super Bowl 47. And if it were not for Ed Reed attending UM, the world would have been robbed of this gem of a story involving Reed, Reggie Wayne, and Law.
RB Shannon Crowell
Crowell averaged 4.1 yards per carry as a running back for the Hurricanes. Crowell totaled 4 career rushing touchdowns in career that seen him fight for carries with Melvin Bratton, Leonard Conley and Stephen McGuire among others. He would add 24 receptions for 266 receiving yards and a touchdown in collegiate career that spanned from 1987 to 1990.
From Alexandria, Virginia, Anthony Lovett Belk, better known as “Rocky”, played wide receiver for the Miami Hurricanes from 1979 to 1982. During his collegiate career Belk caught 58 passes, 1,271 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns. Belk was selected in the seventh round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, where he played one season. Belk passed away in 2010 after battling with a long-term illness.
S Chris Gibson (1992–1996)
WR Terrell Walden (2003–2006) Also a member of UM’s track and field team
DB Robert Knowles (2015–present)