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5 former players from Hurricanes history Miami needs in 2018

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The 2018 ‘Canes are going to be good, but they could use help

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The 2018 Miami Hurricanes are going to be good, but they could use help. Miami has moved into the “blue blood” echelon of college football. With five national championships and two Heisman Trophy winners in Miami’s media guide- here are the five players could the ‘Canes use the most heading into year three of the Mark Richt era.

5 Matt Bosher, Placekicker/Punter

National championships are won or lost in the kicking game. Just ask the Florida State Seminoles, Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, and many more. From 1988-1991 the Hurricanes had kicker Carlos Huerta and subsequently only lost four games while winning two national titles. If Miami only needed a kicker, Huerta would get the nod. But after losing kicker Michael Badgley to graduation and the struggles of Zach Feagles on punting duty Miami could use Matt Bosher back in Coral Gables.

Bosher handled only punting duty in 2007, but placekicking and punting duty for Miami from 2008-2010. Over four years in Miami Bosher averaged 41.7 yards per punt including wrapping up his career with a 44 yards per punt average as a senior. Bosher also made 97.7% of his extra points and finished 45-of-53 on field goals.

The Jupiter, FL native was a two-time first-team All-ACC selection (2009, 2010) and a second team All-ACC pick in 2008. Bosher has spent the last seven years handling punting and kickoff duty for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. Known as much for his strong leg as his physicality, Bosher has logged 29 tackles in the NFL in addition to his 45.8 yards per punt average.

4 Jeremy Shockey, Tight End

While many ‘Canes fans are excited about incoming true freshmen Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory- it’s undeniable that Miami could use a veteran tight end to create mismatches for Malik Rosier in the passing game. Miami has been Tight End U over the years putting out a number of Y’s including Glen Dennison back in the early championship years, to Rob Chudzinski and Willie Smith, as well as Bubba Franks, Shockey, Winslow II and Jimmy Graham. Shockey gets the nod because he’s not only a national champion, but a Super Bowl champion and had the ego that the current ‘Canes just don’t seem to carry around.

Shockey’s confidence was there as even a back-up in 2000. Shockey demanded that Ken Dorsey get him the ball during “The Drive” against the ‘Noles in 2000 and he delivered the go-ahead touchdown catch. While Shockey was only on campus for two seasons, he was a major part of the 2001 national title team, a first-team All-American in 2001, and caught 10 touchdowns while averaging 13.4 yards per catch. The 6’5 and 250 pound Shockey was the 14th overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. Shockey was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time Super Bowl Champion. The current ‘Canes could use a tight end that caught 37 career NFL touchdowns and has that sort of penchant for being around championships.

3 Jerome Brown, Defensive Tackle

I’m fairly excited about the potential of Gerald Willis III, Pat Bethel and John Ford with graduate transfer Tito Odenigbo and freshman Nesta Silvera adding depth. However, the Hurricanes national championship always had elite and dependable defensive tackles and the 2018 squad could use one. Jerome Brown is the most elite of the bunch that includes Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy and number one overall draft pick Russell Maryland. Brown was not only a dominant performer but also a locker room leader that was feared around college football.

Brown, a native of Brooksville, FL, was a member of the 1983 national championship team and guided the ‘Canes to three national title games in four seasons. Brown was a consensus All-American in 1986 and a finalist for the Outland and Lombardi Trophies. Over four seasons as a starter in a run-happy college football world, Brown managed 21 career sacks in orange and green. In the NFL, he was the 9th overall pick of the 1987 NFL Draft and was a two-time All-Pro before his tragic passing before the 1992 season. Brown was on his way to an NFL Hall of Fame career and is in the Miami HOF.

2 Bryant McKinnie, Offensive Tackle

Bryant “Mount” McKinnie came to the University of Miami from Lackawanna College in Scranton, PA. While at Miami, McKinnie won the Outland Trophy in 2001, not to mention he was a two-time first-team All-American in 2000 and 2001. McKinnie dominated highly touted defensive ends from Florida State, Virginia Tech, Florida, and even Dwight Freeney from Syracuse. Remember all of that non-sense about the Seminoles defensive line having “at least six first rounders” in the 2000 season? McKinnie didn’t allow a sack against them, or anyone else.

Miami’s two largest holes are offensive tackle and quarterback and with McKinnie at left tackle Tyree St. Louis could return to right tackle and the Miami offensive line would look more in tact with Navaughn Donaldson at right guard, and Tyler Gauthier at center and Corey Gaynor or Jahir Jones at left guard.

McKinnie went on to be the 7th overall draft pick of the 2002 NFL Draft. His pro career spanned eleven season including a 2009 Pro Bowl appearance and he was a starter in Super Bowl XLVII for the world champion Baltimore Ravens.

1 Gino Torretta, Quarterback

Gino Torretta, Miami’s starting quarterback for the 1991 and 1992 seasons, guided the ‘Canes to a 25-2 record as a starter (including three starts in 1989) and the 1991 national title. Torretta gets the nod because Miami’s scheme under Mark Richt needs more mobility than Ken Dorsey or Bernie Kosar could provide and while Vinny Testaverde could scramble and move extend plays he couldn’t manage a victory in the national championship game in his two attempts (1985, 1986).

Torretta had his flaws, such as seemingly always nailing the ref with a pass and throwing untimely interceptions, but he was the 1992 Heisman Trophy winner. Torretta also had the admiration of his teammates as they loved Torretta and saw him as a leader. During his four seasons in Coral Gables, Torretta won the Maxwell, Walter Camp, O’Brien, and Unitas Awards while also being named a consensus All-American.

As a pro, Torretta was a 7th round pick of the 1993 NFL Draft and hung around the league through the 1997 season. After throwing 47 touchdowns in college, Torretta only threw one in the NFL. The ‘Canes need the leadership and championship mentality that Gino Torretta possesses at the quarterback position.