2001 Miami Hurricanes football team

2001 Miami Hurricanes football team

Team=Miami Hurricanes

Conference=Big East
ShortConference=Big East
HeadCoach=Larry Coker
OffCoach=Rob Chudzinski
DefCoach=Randy Shannon
OScheme=Pro Style
DScheme=4-3 Cover 2
StadiumArena=Miami Orange Bowl
Champion=National Champions
Big East Champions
BowlTourney=2002 Rose Bowl BCS National Championship Game
BowlTourneyResult= W 37-14 v. Nebraska

The 2001 Miami Hurricanes football team were the national champions of the 2001 college football season.

Pre-season motivation

In 2000, Miami was shut out of the Orange Bowl BCS National Championship Game by the BCS computers. Despite Miami beating Florida State head-to-head that season and being higher ranked in both human polls, it was Florida State, and not Miami, that BCS computers selected to challenge the Oklahoma Sooners for the national championship (Oklahoma would win, 13-2). The experience led to alterations in the BCS rankings system to ensure that the situation would not repeat itself in the future. Nevertheless, Miami was left with a bitter sense of disappointment, believing they had been deprived of a national championship, and stewed over an early-season loss at Washington, 34-29, that was their only slipup in an 11-1 campaign. Ironically, Washington "also" had a one loss season. Miami's argument that the head-to-head matchup should have decided which team went to the Orange Bowl simultaneously argues that Washington would have been more deserving of the opportunity than Miami, making Miami's claim somewhat less convincing. That off-season, the team resolved to take the matter entirely out of the discretion of the computers by going a perfect 12-0. However, they had to do so under a new head coach, Larry Coker, who was named to the post after Butch Davis left to become head coach of the NFL's Cleveland Browns.

chedule & Results

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* QB Ken Dorsey: 207/354 (58.47%) for 3,029 yards (8.56) with 26 TD vs. 10 INT (2.82%).
* RB Clinton Portis: 240 carries for 1,304 yards (5.43) with 11 TD. 16 catches for 151 yards and 1 TD.
* RB Frank Gore: 64 carries for 565 yards (8.83) with 5 TD. 1 catch for 14 yards and 0 TD.
* RB Willis McGahee: 69 carries for 321 yards (4.65) with 3 TD.
* WR Andre Johnson: 44 catches for 881 yards (20.02) and 12 TD.
* TE Jeremy Shockey: 45 catches for 604 yards (13.42) and 8 TD.
* WR Kevin Beard: 29 catches for 450 yards (15.52) and 2 TD.
* K Todd Sievers: 22 FGM and 60 XPM.

Awards & Honors

=First Team All-Americans=

* Phillip Buchanon, PR
* Joaquin Gonzalez, RT
* Bryant McKinnie, LT (consensus)
* Ed Reed, SS (consensus)
* Jeremy Shockey, TE
* Todd Sievers, K

All-Conference Selections (First Team)

* Martin Bibla, LG
* Phillip Buchanon, CB
* Freddie Capshaw, P
* Ken Dorsey, QB
* Joaquin Gonzalez, RT
* Jerome McDougle, DE
* Bryant McKinnie, LT
* Clinton Portis, RB
* Ed Reed, SS
* Brett Romberg, C
* Jeremy Shockey, TE
* Todd Sievers, K
* Jonathan Vilma, MLB

Awards Finalists

Bold indicates winners
* Larry Coker, Coach - Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
* Phillip Buchanon, PR - Mosi Tatupu Award
* Freddie Capshaw, P - Ray Guy Award
* Ken Dorsey, QB - Maxwell Award, Heisman Trophy (3rd), Big East Offensive Player of the Year
* Joaquin Gonzalez, RT - Academic Heisman
* Bryant McKinnie, LT - Outland Trophy, Heisman Trophy (8th)
* Ed Reed, SS - Jim Thorpe Award
* Brett Romberg, C - Rimington Trophy
* Jeremy Shockey, TE - John Mackey Award
* Todd Sievers, K - Lou Groza Award (4th)

Jack Harding University of Miami MVP Award

* Ken Dorsey, QB and Ed Reed, SS

External links

* [http://hurricanesports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/043002aaf.html 2001 Miami Hurricanes Profile at University of Miami Athletics Official Web Site] .
* [http://www.victorypennants.com/mihu20nachfo.html Miami Hurricanes 2001 National Champions Football Pennant]

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