Throughout the years, the quarterbacks that come through the University of Miami are a part of the reason why this storied program has captured 5 National Championships.
Once upon a time called “Quarterback U” the Canes gunslingers have excelled during their time with the Orange and Green, and several have gone on to have Hall of Fame careers in the NFL.
Though, when you’re building “the perfect Cane” what goes into the most important position on the field?
Overall Talent: Vinny Testaverde
When it comes to talent, the perfect Cane quarterback would hope to have the skills set of Vinny Testaverde. From 1983 to 1986, Vinny was one of the most talented QB’s that ever played for the Canes.
In 1986, Testeverde led one of the most talented teams in school history all the way to the National Championship game against Penn State. During that season, Vinny threw for 26 touchdowns, on his way to becoming the first ever Hurricane to win the Heisman Trophy.
You’d also hope to have the talent of Gino Toretta. Not only did Toretta help the Hurricanes win the National Championship in 1991, Gino was also a Heisman Trophy winner the next season in ‘92.
Clutch Performance: Brock Berlin
When it comes to playing in the clutch, so many Hurricanes quarterbacks comes to mind, and when you’re building the perfect Cane, coming to win from behind must fit into the category.
There’s Brock Berlin in 2003, coming down from 23 points down to overcome the Gators in the Orange Bowl. Jacory Harris made our hearts pound in 2009, leading a game-winning touchdown drive to down the Seminoles in Tallahassee.
Who could forget Kenny Kelly, remember him? 1999, down 28-3 in Chestnut Hill to Boston College, Kelly rallied the Canes to a 31-28 victory.
Heck, you can even put Malik Rosier in there. Not many people can lead a 75-yard-drive, and throw a go-ahead touchdown with seconds to play to beat FSU.
Also, playing in the clutch doesn’t necessarily mean you’re coming from behind either. It took clutch play for Steve Walsh in 1987, to defeat the Sooners in the National Championship.
Leadership: Bernie Kosar
When it comes to being a leader, how about being a freshman and leading a team to a National Championship? Well, thats exactly what Bernie Kosar did in the historic year of 1983. It takes true leadership to defeat Nebraska in that title game, who had won 22 straight games.
Winning Pedigree: Ken Dorsey
The most important category for a quarterback, and the most important thing in Miami, winning. To save the best for last, we turn to Ken Dorsey.
Starting as a sophomore in 2000, to his final game in 2002, Dorsey compiled a 38-2 record during his time at the U. If it wasn’t for a five point loss at Washington and a blown call against Ohio State, Dorsey could’ve won three-straight national championships, and been perfect as a Hurricane.
Whether its coming back against FSU in 2000 or 2002, defeating the Gators in Gainesville, or scorching the Cornhuskers in the National Championship game in 2001, Dorsey just flat out won. Also, number 11 was 3-0 against Florida State during his time as the starter.
The golden child of the University of Miami, orchestrated the offense for, what some call, the greatest team in college football history, the 2001 Hurricanes.
So, there you have it. Your “Perfect Cane” Quarterback.
WANTED IN MIAMI: A quarterback who can win in Tallahassee, win the Heisman, isn’t afraid of Hokies or Tigers, win the National Championship, and bring The U all the way “back”.
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