5 National Championships don’t come to Miami if the Canes don’t have a stellar defense, and you don’t have a stellar defense unless you have outstanding defensive ends.
1983, 2001, any of the 5 championship seasons, the Hurricanes had a dominant defensive ends.
So, who’s the top 5 in school history?
Honorable Mention: Jamaal Green
A forgotten player in the dynasty of the early 2000’s for Miami, Green is one of the most underrated players in UM history.
Starting 28 games in his Cane career, Green was initially recruited by Butch Davis, and later served as integral part in Larry Coker’s 01 championship team.
Green ranks fourth in school history with 24 sacks, and was a second-team all-Big-East selection in 2002.
5. Calais Campbell (2005-2007)
One of the largest d-ends, and really players in school history, Campbell was a force to be reckoned with in the troubling Miami years of the mid 2000’s.
A first time All-ACC player in 2006, Campbell played from 2005 to 2007, and dominated in the backfield with his giant 6”8 300lb frame. His 2006 season was one of the finest in school history, recording 10.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss.
4. Kenny Holmes (1992-1996)
If there was a player that looked like a 90’s Canes defensive player, Kenny Holmes fit it like a glove.
Holmes was a two-time first team All-Big East selection, and included 10 sacks during his final season with Miami. Holmes ranks third all time in Canes history in the sacks department.
3. Greg Mark (1986-1989)
Mark is the first player on this list that’s a member of the UM Sports Hall of Fame, and rightfully so. As a member of two national championship teams, Mark anchored one of the most dominating defensive lines in UM history.
In 1989, Mark had his finest season. In helping Miami to its third title, Mark was a first-team All-American.
He finished career, and still ranks second in UM history with 34.5 sacks. Mark later returned to Miami as the defensive-line coach, helping the Canes win another championship in 2001.
2. Daniel Stubbs (1984-1987)
In terms of statistical performers, nobody was better than Stubbs. To this day, he still holds the UM all-time record with 39.5 sacks.
Recruited initially by Howard Schnellenberger, Stubbs arrived on campus in 1984, Jimmy Johnson’s first season at Miami. Stubbs was a crucial part in the 1987 National Championship team, as a consensus All-American, and finalist for the Outland Trophy.
His 1986 season still remains as one of the greatest single-season performances by a player in school history. His 17 sacks that year still stands as a school record.
1. Ted Hendricks (1966-1968)
Y’all must have known this was coming. The first superstar in UM history, the “Mad Stork” was a 6”8 monster, that took dominance for a defensive player to another level.
As a three-time All-American, Hendricks is the only Hurricane to ever accomplish that feat, and ended his Miami career in 1968 as the schools all-time leading tackler. That same season, Hendricks finished fifth in the Heisman voting.
In 1987, Hendricks was named to the College Football Hall of Fame, followed in 1990 when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Those are my top 5 Canes Defensive Ends. Tell me yours down in the comments.