Making The All-America Case for Leonard Hankerson
Nov. 15, 2010
On Personal Terms
* Hankerson has scored a touchdown in five straight games, has caught a pass in 23 straight games and had reached the end zone in eight of 10 games in 2010.
* Hankerson has already established personal bests in receptions (51), yards (879), longest reception (79) and touchdowns (11).
On Miami Terms
* Hankerson has tied Miami legend and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin for the most receiving touchdowns in a season with 11. Irvin established the record in 1986.
* Hankerson is one of only three Miami players – Irvin and Houston Texan All-Pro Andre Johnson are the others – to have back-to-back seasons with 800 receiving yards or more.
* Hankerson is tied on the Miami career receiving touchdowns list with Johnson and Indianapolis Colts All-Pro Reggie Wayne with 20.
* “Hank” is among the best deep threats in Miami history. His average yards per reception of 16.7 ranks behind only Johnson (19.9), Santana Moss (17.8) and Irvin (16.9).
* Hankerson is seventh on the Miami career receptions list with 113. He needs just seven more catches to move up to fifth place.
* His 879 receiving yards this season ranks sixth in program history for a single season. Only three Hurricanes have ever recorded 900 receiving yards in a season while only two have reached the 1,000-yard mark (Eddie Brown – 1,114 in 1984; Andre Johnson – 1,092 in 2002).
On ACC Terms
* Hankerson leads the ACC in receiving yards (879), yards per game (87.9) and touchdowns (11). In ACC games only, he also leads the ACC in receiving yards (638), yards per game (91.1) and touchdowns (8). In both categories, he ranks second in receptions (overall with 51 and ACC only with 35).
On National Terms
* Hankerson ranks 17th nationally with an average of 87.9 yards per game despite playing in the 44th ranked passing offense in America. Of the players ranked above Hankerson, only three come from a passing offense ranked below Miami’s and none have double digit touchdowns.
* Hankerson’s touchdown total of 11 is the fourth highest in NCAA FBS. Only nine players in the FBS have 11 receiving TDs or more.
* Hankerson is 47th in receptions per game, yet 17th in yards per game…which illustrates the point that he is one of the best deep threats in college football. He has eight receptions of 25 yards or more and four of 40 yards or more.