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25 Days to Miami Hurricanes Football: Top Canes to Wear #25

Matt Bosher, Dallas Crawford, and Alfonso Marshall brought pride to #25 and Derrick Smith inherits it in 2017

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Matt Bosher #25 Kicker/Punter (2006-2010)

Matt Bosher came to Miami as’s #1 rated placekicker and redshirted in 2006. As a redshirt freshman, he served first as the starting punter in 2007 and handling both kicking and punting duties over his final three seasons. Bosher is one of Miami’s most decorated specialists in a long line of great kickers and punters in Hurricanes lore.

Bosher, a native of Jupiter in Florida, came to Miami after being named first team all-state and playing in the Army All-America Game. Bosher’s RS Freshman season saw him average 40.2 yards per punt. As a sophomore Bosher took off. He was a Groza semifinalist and a 2nd team All-ACC PK and Punter. Bosher was named the Jack Harding team MVP averaging 40.3 yards per punt and scoring 94 points with 18/20 on field goals and a perfect 40/40 on PAT’s.

As a junior, Bosher made first team All-ACC PK and 2nd team Punter. He finished the season going 14/16 on FG’s, and 50/50 on PATs. He averaged 42.5 yards per punt on top of that. For his senior year, Bosher was named All-ACC 2nd team punter. He finished 13/17 on FG’s and 37/40 on PAT’s. He averaged 44 yards per punt.

Bosher was then drafted in the 6th round by the Falcons in the 2011 NFL Draft. Bosher immediately became the Falcons’ starting punter and has put together a stellar 6 year career. Bosher has played in 95 of 96 possible regular season games for Atlanta averaging 45.9 yards per punt over his career.

Dallas Crawford RB/DB (2011-2015)

Dallas Crawford came to The U from South Fort Myers HS in Florida. Crawford ended his high school career as a QB/DB and a 4* rating from ESPN and a 3* rating from Rivals. Crawford threw for 2400+ yards and ran for 400+ more while scoring a combined 41 TD’s. Crawford also logged 9 interceptions his senior year and 23 career interceptions in high school.

Crawford, a 5-10 190 pounder, came to Miami with high expectations. He redshirted in 2011 before being a kicking game player in 2012. In 2013, he had six starts at running back rushing for 558 yards and 12 TD’s. He made the switch to safety for his junior season under Al Golden. Crawford had 35 tackles as a junior and 36 as a senior. He was voted one of three team captains for the 2015 season. Dallas started 20 games, playing in 51 total in his #Canes career.

Dallas was hired in March of 2017 by the Georgia Bulldogs in a support staff role. The UGA Offensive Coordinator is James Coley, who was Crawford’s coach at Miami.

Alfonso Marshall Defensive Back (2000-2003)

Alfonso Marshall wore #25 during the ‘Canes comeback run into prominence in the early 2000’s. Marshall signed with Miami out of Clewiston, Florida after an All-State senior season as a DB, and state titles in the 200 and 400 meters.

Marshall, recruited by Butch Davis, played right away as a freshman corner in nickel and dime packages. Marshall played in 45 games for the Hurricanes getting playing time and even starting in defensive backfields alongside legends like Antrel Rolle, Sean Taylor, Phillip Buchannon, Mike Rumph and Ed Reed. A national champion in 2001, Marshall recorded 2 interceptions his senior season in 2003. Miami only lost 4 games during Marshall’s four year tenure with the #Canes.

Marshall helped to seal the win against the Gators during the insane Brock Berlin inspired comeback victory in 2003. The ‘Canes scored the final 28 points to beat Florida 38-33. Marshall’s interception can be seen in the GIF below:

Al was drafted in the 7th round by the Chicago Bears and hung around the league for two seasons with the Bears.

Chicago Bears v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Greg Cox Placekicker (1984-1987)

Greg Cox kicked his way to a national championship ring for our beloved #Canes in 1987. Along the way, he scored 161 PAT’s and was part of a dominant run in Miami history. Cox also made 44 field goals over the four year span and took part in some of Miami’s most important games in program history.

In the 1988 Orange Bowl agains the Sooners- Cox made a 56 yard field goal. In 1984 against the hated Gators- he booted four field goals. Cox added 47 and 48 yarders against the Irish in the 1985 route that saw Gerry Faust fired. He kicked a game decider against Auburn and Bo Jackson in ‘84 as well. It seemed like whenever Miami needed that clutch field goal, Cox was there and deadly accurate.

A South Floridian, Cox kicked at St. Thomas Aquinas and was even featured in a Sun Sentinel article back in 1985. Cox wrapped up his playing career (that I can find, anyway) with a free agent tryout with the Dolphins in 1988.

Derrick Smith Defensive Back (Current)

Derrick Smith signed with Miami this spring and will play defensive back. The 6-2 200 pounder is a consensus 3* recruit from Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy a powerhouse in Florida football. There’s not much to say about his Miami career so I’ve posted his highlights below.