DT Vince Wilfork

2002 Statistics

Coach: Larry Coker
24-1, 2 years
2002 Record: 12-1
at Florida WON 41-16
at Temple WON 44-21
at West Virginia WON 40-23
at Rutgers WON 42-17
at Tennessee WON 26-3
at Syracuse WON 49-7
Ohio State LOST 24-31 (2OT)

2002 Final Rankings
AP-2, Coaches-2, BCS-1

2003 Outlook

With the taste of sour defeat still in their mouths, one wonders if the Hurricanes will have that same fire and intensity they showed in the 2000 season after losing to the Washington Huskies. If that is indeed the case, we can expect another National Championship run. But it won't be easy. Coach Coker will have to deal with replacing the following - two all-conference DEs, Heisman candidates at RB and QB, and a first round draft pick at WR. If that wasn't enough, the 'Canes also have to manage a schedule that includes games at Boston College, Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Pittsburgh. So one has to ask: Is this too much to ask of a team with a first year starter at QB?

Maybe, but then again this is Miami we're discussing. A team crowded with so many weapons, one must wonder why the U.N. arms-inspectors aren't investigating Coral Gables. If the running game can give the pass-attack the room needed to develop, the new QB will flourish and all cylinders of this potentially potent offense can hit. But, as we saw last year, all that talent has to be coordinated and coached properly. Pitfalls such as complacency and lack of focus haunted the Hurricanes all of last year so vocal leaders Kellen Winslow Jr. and Jonathan Vilma know they have to help the team avoid the difficulties that come with being almost too talented.

Fortunately for the 'Canes, the team with the best players more often than not win the games, which is why no one should be surprised when Miami is in the thick of the National championship race deep into the 2003 season.

Projected 2003 record: 11-1
TE Kellen Winslow II
LB Jonathan Vilma
DE Baraka Atkins
QB - 4 DL - 4
RB - 4.5 LB - 5
WR - 5 DB - 5
OL - 5 ..

Passing: Derrick Crudup, 26-15-0, 226 yds., 2 TD's

Rushing: Jason Geathers, 68 att., 398 yds., 3 TD's

Receiving: Kellen Winslow, 57 rec., 726 yds., 8 TD's

Scoring: Kellen Winslow, 8 TD's, 48 pts.

Punting: Jon Peattie, 3 punts, 44.3 avg.

Kicking: none

Tackles: Jonathan Vilma, 133 tot., 75 solo

Sacks: Vince Wilfork, 7 sacks

Interceptions: Sean Taylor, 4 for 122 yds.

Kickoff returns: Jason Geathers, 24 ret., 21.7 avg.

Punt returns: Roscoe Parrish, 27 ret., 14.5 avg.


FS Sean Taylor
OFFENSE: Ken Dorsey-QB, Ethenic Sands-WR, Sherko Haji-Rasouli-OG, Brett Romberg-C, Todd Sievers-K, Willis McGahee-RB (NFL), Andre Johnson-WR (NFL)
DEFENSE: Jamaal Green-DE, William Joseph-DT, Matt Walters-DT, Jerome McDougle-DE, Cornelius Green-DE, Andrew Williams-DE, Howard Clark-SLB, Freddie Capshaw-P

written by Ricky Sixx

To reach the national championship game in as many years as he has coached Miami, Larry Coker will have to do it with a handful of fresh faces and the help of some familiar ones. Headlining as one of those new faces will be former University of Florida quarterback Brock Berlin. His spotlight of experience drifts back to the 2002 Orange Bowl, where he played the entire first half and had a Maryland defense on their heels. Although the former Gator appears to have all the talent needed to run this high-powered Hurricane offense, he will still have to compete with Mark Guillion and Derrick Crudup for the position. This group will produce a winner, regardless. Any of them could do well, and the soon-to-be competition will push their collective envelope so that whoever emerges to start will be that much better. SPRING UPDATE: University of Miami head football coach Larry Coker announced that junior Brock Berlin has been named Miami's starting quarterback heading into the summer and will be the likely man at the helm when Miami opens its season August 28 in Shreveport against Louisiana Tech, a game to be televised by ESPN.

With a healthy knee and a year's worth of built up frustration, Frank Gore now has his shot to prove he is capable of replicating that same success as predecessor McGahee. Recall that Gore's freshman year of 2001 was an eye-opener to many viewers. His explosiveness should translate into your typical Miami production that most opponents are used to by now. Jarrett Payton (son of NFL great Walter) returns for his senior season as option number two. Depth could become a concern at TB because Miami too often bars young, talented rushers from playing early in their college careers, opting for present success instead of seasoning some backs for the future. These two seem to be it for experience at the position. But the FB spot has some quality competition with Hill and Cobia.

All American TE, Kellen Winslow Jr., will lead one of the deepest receiving units in the country. Anyone that has watched Winslow play in clutch situations knows he arguably is the best possession receiver, period. While the loss of Andre Johnson leaves a vacancy for a big name WR, Kevin Beard, Jason Geathers, and Roscoe Parrish bring an array of experience and athleticism to both spots. Future top-flight wide outs Akieem Jolla and Ryan Moore both have the ability to be starters if touted. With the new QB not set or experienced, coaches are hoping they show reason sooner than later.

Both run- and pass-blocking are a counted strength for one of the nation's best OLs. Though the interior part of Miami's line took a hit with the loss of Brett Romberg and Sherko Haji-Rosouli, many familiar names still emerge. Fans should become accustomed to the same attributes up front …a dominating unit in every athletic sense and fundamentally sound blockers. Those praises can be directed toward OL Coach Art Kehoe, who has been with the program for 21 years as he transcends the knowledge of ex-coaches such as Schnellenberger, Johnson, Erickson, and Davis. On the outside, Vernon Carey opted to stay for another year rather than turning pro while his counterpart, Carlos Joseph, will be protecting the quarterback's blind side at left tackle. Both are returning veterans, which will provide a big key for a new QB. The interior may not be familiar names to the rest of the college football world, but they are to people in the know. Guys like Chris Myers and Joel Rodriguez will soon be receiving the recognition Miami linemen are used to sharing.

Since the Butch Davis era, the Hurricanes have put great emphasis on offensive balance by setting up the pass with the run. Its clear the offense will only go as far as the QB can take them, but don't expect coaches to put too much pressure on Ken Dorsey's predecessor. We expect, as with so many of the Hurricane legends, that Berlin will be asked to do more than just not lose, and accordingly achieve whatever is needed. However, much like the 2000 season (Dorsey's first year as a starter), look for Miami to limit the responsibility given to the quarterback and allow their talented athletes at the skill positions to do most of the work. That part is simple logic when you have the personnel that Miami recruits.


TE Kellen Winslow


Returning Starters in bold
QB Brock Berlin-Jr (6-1, 213) Derrick Crudup-Jr (6-1, 206)
FB Quadtrine Hill-So (6-2, 212) Talib Humphrey-Sr (6-2, 238) / Kyle Cobia-Jr
RB Frank Gore-So (5-10, 215) Jarrett Payton-Sr (6-2, 224)
WR Roscoe Parrish-So (5-9, 163) Darnell Jenkins-Fr (5-10, 183)
WR Kevin Beard-Sr (6-2, 180) Jason Geathers-Sr (6-3, 208)
TE Kellen Winslow-So (6-5, 243) Kevin Everett-Jr (6-6, 242)
OT Eric Winston-So (6-7, 290) Rashad Butler-So (6-5, 274)
OG Vernon Carey-Sr (6-5, 350) Joe McGrath-Sr (6-5, 297)
C Joel Rodriguez-Jr (6-3, 289) Anthony Wollschlager-Fr (6-6, 300)
OG Chris Myers-Jr (6-5, 283) Alex Pou-Fr (6-4, 278)
OT Carlos Joseph-Sr (6-6, 342) Tony Tella-So (6-5, 290)
K Mark Gent-So (6-1, 179) Jon Peattie-Fr (6-3, 185)



written by Ricky Sixx

The DL is perhaps where Miami was hit the hardest. Six future NFL players have moved on, including All-Americans Jerome McDougle and William Joseph. Still, if there is a team in the country that has proven it can absorb that kind of loss, it is the Hurricanes. This situation is not much different from what predictors were saying with the new 2002 DBs, whom evolved into the nation's best unit. Anchoring the middle of the DL will be unanimous All-American tackle Vince Wilfork. His size (see top photo) and power were almost enough to draw him away to that next level. Other names looking to contribute are Santonio Thomas and sophomore standout Orien Harris (best defensive linemen in the history of Delaware HS football). SPRING UPDATE: DE Baraka Atkins has been making waves at defensive end and should compete for a starting spot there. He emerged as a burgeoning star after Miami's spring game (CanesFest), stripping the ball and returning 21 yards for a touchdown on one occasion while recording two sacks. He reminds me of Jevon Kearse; he's going to be a freak of nature, Miami defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said. He came in saying, 'I'm going to break up the offense today.' That may sound arrogant, but then he went out and did it.

While there may be some experience at tackle, the same cannot be said for the ends. JUCO-transfer Alton Wright, the most talented of the bunch, will vie for a starting job, but do not count out speed-rush specialist John Square. Square posses uncanny outside speed, but will need to gain some more weight if he wishes to compete for first team honors.

The back-seven are as dominating as they come, having seasoned the 2002 newbies into the nation's best. Leading the way will be the undersized, yet hard-hitting MLB Jonathan Vilma, who deceptively led the team in tackles. Most recall his vicious hits from the Rose Bowl Championship Game. Taking care of the weak-side will be the physically gifted and multi-talented linebacker D.J. Williams. Keep a close eye on Roger McIntosh - the strong-side is in the capable hands of this future star.

CB Antrel Rolle is one of the best in the country and should get plenty of looks as a preseason All-American. Complimenting him on the other side will be Kelly Jennings, an athletic corner who will look to raise his game to another level after being forced to play with a cast for most of last season. Quite possibly the nation's best at free safety, Sean Taylor cannot only lay the wood but also cover like a corner. Taylor will lead the Hurricane secondary along side strong safety Maurice Sikes, who possesses the skills, but needs to show more consistency in his senior season.

Last year's defense did not play up to potential until the month of November. If the Hurricanes want to be National Championship contenders well into the 2003 season, any improvement has to carry over. Having the luxury of an experienced QB is not an early option in terms of keeping the defense off the field. Coordinator Randy Shannon will have to force more turnovers and play run-defense much as they did to end the 2002 season. If his squad can hold up their end of the bargain, the Sugar Bowl is an achievable goal.


LB DJ Williams


Returning Starters in bold
DE John Square-Jr (6-5, 202) Alton Wright-Jr (6-4, 251) / John Wood-Fr
DT Vince Wilfork-Jr (6-2, 344) Larry Anderson-Sr (6-4, 258)
DT Orien Harris-Fr (6-4, 298) Santonio Thomas-Jr (6-4, 308)
DE Thomas Carroll-So (6-5, 235) Baraka Atkins-Fr (6-4, 258)
SLB Roger McIntosh-So (6-3, 231) Jarrell Weaver-Sr (6-3, 206)
MLB Jonathan Vilma-Sr (6-2, 220) Leon Williams-So (6-4, 236)
WLB D.J. Williams-Sr (6-2, 249) Darrell McClover-Sr (6-2, 223)
CB Antrel Rolle-Jr (6-1, 197) Glenn Sharpe-So (5-11, 168)
CB Kelly Jennings-So (6-0, 175) Alfonso Marshall-Sr (6-1, 183)
SS Maurice Sikes-Sr (5-11, 193) Greg Threat-So (6-2, 188)
FS Sean Taylor-Jr (6-3, 225) Brandon Meriweather-Fr (6-1, 173)
P Jon Peattie-Fr (6-3, 200) Brian Monroe-Fr (6-2, 190)




For the first time this decade the Hurricanes will have to break in two new special teams kickers. Replacing Freddie Capshaw will be incoming freshman Brian Monroe. The 6'2'' 185 pound punter was one of the most talented at the high school level. Another critical replacement will be locating someone who can put the ball through the uprights. It will be either the accurate foot of Mark Gent and/or the strong leg of Jon Peattie.

Only at Miami would a punt returner of Roscoe Parrish's ability have his starting job threatened. Because Darnell Jenkins has shown ability to make things happen in open spaces, he has caught the eye of the coaching staff. Both Jarret Payton and Jason Geathers are mainstays as KRs, but a possibility of replacement exists with high school superstar Devin Hester. An academic snag prevented Hester from participating in 2002. Now with that behind him, he could find his way on the field as more than just a special-teams contributor. The teams' net punting results fell short. Battles for field position have to be won with a new QB.


Eric Winston's move from TE to LT has proved effective, leaving spring ball listed as the starter, protecting Berlin's blind side. The move also allows Carlos Joseph to move to RT, and Vernon Carey shifts inside to LG. This move gives the Canes a bit more of an athletic front, paving the way for Frank Gore. Speak of the devil, Gore spent most of the spring nursing injury. He is expected to be the feature back, but if he is not 100 percent, a second back will have to share the load with him. There is speculation that Quadtrine Hill would be moved to tailback to help out Payton and incoming freshman Tyrone Moss handle the load that Gore may leave. Losing Hill at FB is not as dire as many might assume, especially with the emergence of Talib Humphrey. Humphrey is a prototypical FB and teams with Kyle Cobia to give the Canes a great pair of blockers... Darnell Jenkins had the most impressive spring of any receiver. He should cash in big on the double (and even triple)-teaming that will be done on Winslow.

DE John Wood has been suspended and it remains a question as to whether he will return. Larry Coker says the coaching staff will make a decision this summer. Vying to take some spots along the front this fall are two incoming freshman. One of them is Bryan Pata. He is an agile pass-rusher, who, once he adds some weight, should be next in the great line of Hurricane DEs. The other is Nate Robinson. Robinson is a big body who will add some girth to the already thick defensive front… Def. Coordinator Randy Shannon says he will utilize more creative blitz packages, meaning we will see more heat coming from the secondary. FS Sean Taylor is prompted to have a big season once the leaves start turning… The LBs may have their best group since Armstead, Barrow, and Smith. Coker and Shannon have exalted the talents of McIntosh, Vilma, and Williams this spring, as their play, both individually and collectively, has improved, making them the best linebacking trio in the country… ATH Devin Hester has Canes fans foaming at the mouth, and is touted as the best athlete to ever wear a Hurricane uniform. He is extremely fast and doubly elusive- not even Steve Irwin could get his hands on this guy. He will most likely get a first look at receiver, but don't be surprised if he ends up in the defensive backfield.

Incoming freshman Brian Monroe is expected to win the punting job and, in doing so, invites teams to come after him in a variety of aggressive punt-blocking schemes. For this reason, it is imperative that the Miami blockers follow fundamentals and not let tricks tangle their schemes