Hurricanes Football: All-Americans (1990-99)

Miami All-Americans: 1950-79 | 1980-89 | 2000s

Earned first-team All-America status by Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation and The Football News … One of five finalists for 1990 Butkus Award, saluting nation’s top linebacker … Led team in tackles in 1988, 1989 and 1990 … Finished UM career with 354 stops … Played on Hurricanes baseball team for 1.5 seasons … Signed as free agent with Tampa Bay Buccaneers … Native of Tampa, Florida.
Was first UM player to win coveted Outland Trophy as  nation’s top interior lineman … Consensus All-American, recognized as first-team choice by AP, UPI, Kodak, Walter Camp Football Foundation, The Football News and The Sporting News as senior … UPI lineman of the year … Finished Hurricanes career with 279 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks … Iron Arrow recipient … First player chosen in 1991 NFL Draft by Dallas Cowboys … Native of Chicago, Illinois.
Developed from freshman walk-on in 1988 to being named consensus All-America (Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation, The Football News, The Sporting News) and first-team All-BIG EAST as senior in 1991 … Set NCAA record by converting 157 consecutive PATs during career as four-year starter … Ranks among NCAA’s all-time scoring leaders with 397 career points, including 73 field goals … Set 12 school records and tied one … Iron Arrow recipient … 12th-round draftee of San Diego Chargers … Native of Miami, Florida.
Earned first-team All-America honors from Football Writers Association of America, and second-team All-American by The Sporting News, The Football News and Associated Press … First-team All-BIG EAST … Started every game last three seasons … First-round pick (11th overall) of Pittsburgh Steelers … Native of Orlando, Florida.
 DARRIN SMITH, LB (1991, 1992)
Named first-team UPI All-American as senior … Became UM’s first National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete recipient … 1992 first-team All-BIG EAST and semifinalist for Butkus Award for second straight year … As junior was named first-team All-America by The Football News, earned second-team honors by Associated Press and was co-Defensive Player of the Year in the BIG EAST … Finished career as fourth-leading tackler in UM history … Had 18 tackles (10 solo) against Florida State as junior … Second-round draftee of the Dallas Cowboys in 1993 NFL Draft … Native of Miami, Fla.
Earned first-team All-America status by Associated Press, Kodak, and Walter Camp Football Foundation as junior in 1991 … Named second-team All-America by The Sporting News … First-team All-BIG EAST … Led secondary with 84 tackles (49 solo) in 1991 … Had three interceptions, including 27-yard touchdown return against San Diego State … Added 18 tackles (10 solo) against Florida State … First-round draftee (28th overall) of Cincinnati Bengals … Native of Miami, Fla.
Named first-team All-American and Kickoff Returner of the Year by The Sporting News and Punt Returner of the Year by Football Writers Association of America as sophomore … BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year in 1991 and first-team All-BIG EAST … Had three consecutive games with punt returns for TDs, just one shy of NCAA record … Totaled 217 return yards on seven attempts against Penn State, including 91-yard punt return for a TD, longest in Miami history … Had 1,183 all-purpose yards in 1991 … Netted 560 yards on 36 punt returns, 15.6 yard average (fourth-best in the NCAA) … Second-round draft choice of Dallas Cowboys in 1992 … Native of Dallas, Texas.
Named first-team All-America by Walter Camp Football Foundation and The Football News … Unanimous selection as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year … Runner-up for Butkus Award, given annually to nation’s best linebacker … Finished seventh in 1992 Heisman Trophy voting with 64 points … Led team with 136 tackles (80 solo) as senior … Led UM with 19 tackles (14 solo) and three stops for loss against Penn State, including memorable tackle for loss on 4th-and-1 on Miami 5-yard line … Finished career as third-leading tackler in Miami history … Second-round draftee of Houston Oilers … Currently linebackers and special teams coach for Hurricanes … Native of Homestead, Fla.
Named first-team All-American by Kodak, Walter Camp and The Football News … Named All-BIG EAST by coaches two consecutive years … Semifinalist for Jim Thorpe Award, given to nation’s best defensive back … Recorded 36 tackles (23 solo) and two interceptions as senior, returning one for 36-yard TD against San Diego State … Second-round draftee of Detroit Lions … Native of Fort Pierce, Fla.
Second UM player to win Heisman Trophy … Most honored player in UM history … Walter Camp Player of the Year … AP, Kodak, Walter Camp and Football News All-American … Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Maxwell Trophy and Davey O’Brien Award winner … Unanimous selection as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year in 1991, 1992 … NCAA Today’s Top Six Award winner, CFA Scholar Athlete Award winner, Toyota Leadership Award winner and Chevrolet Offensive Player of the Year … Finished career with 11 records, including career attempts (991), completions (555), yards (7,690), total offense (7,772), longest pass and longest pass for a TD (99 yards to Horace Copeland, also NCAA record) … Seventh-round draftee of Minnesota Vikings … Native of Pinole, Calif.
Earned first-team All-American honors from both Associated Press and Kodak … Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year as senior and was first-team All-BIG EAST selection as both junior and senior … Started 19 consecutive regular-season games and totaled 30 career starts … Recorded 23 career sacks for 175 yards … Led Miami in final year in both sacks (10 for loss of 70 yards) and tackles for loss (11 for loss of 21 yards) … Signed as free agent by Los Angeles Rams … Native of Lake Worth, Fla.
 C.J. RICHARDSON, S (1994)
Named first-team All-America by Associated Press and first-team All-BIG EAST … Semifinalist for Jim Thorpe Award … Leader of UM defensive backs that ranked No. 1 in NCAA for pass defense … Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week vs. Syracuse and BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Arizona State … Instrumental in streak of 18 straight quarters in which UM defense did not give up TD … Finished season with 85 total tackles, including 48 solo … Seventh-round draft pick of Houston Oilers … Native of Dallas, Texas.
Consensus All-American and first UM player to win Lombardi Award (given annually to nation’s top lineman) and Bronco Nagurski Trophy (given to nation’s top defensive player) … One of six finalists invited to Heisman Trophy presentation … Named Defensive Player of the Year by ABC Sports, Sports Illustrated, FWAA, Football News, Touchdown Club of Atlanta, Touchdown Club of Columbus and BIG EAST … Led UM defense that ranked No. 1 in NCAA in total defense, scoring defense and pass defense … Earned Player of the Game honors three times as senior … Had 84 tackles junior year and led Canes in sacks (10.5), tackles for loss (9), fumbles caused (4), fumble recoveries (3), and QB pressures (25) … First-round draft pick of Tampa Bay Buccaneers … Native of Plymouth, Fla.
 RAY LEWIS, LB (1995)
Named first-team All-American by AP … One three finalists for Butkus Award (came within one vote of tying Illinois senior Kevin Hardy for the trophy) … Entered 1995 season as member of Playboy All-America Team … Unanimous selection as first-team All-BIG EAST … Started all three seasons at UM … Led defense in tackles as sophomore and junior, setting consecutive records for solo tackles by MLB with 91 in 1994 and 95 in 1995 … Total tackle numbers of 152 in 1994 and 160 in 1995 rank fourth and second, respectively, for tackles in season at all positions … Led UM in tackles for incredible 22 consecutive games … First-round draft pick of Baltimore Ravens, leading team to Super Bowl title in 2000 … Native of Lakeland, Fla.
 K.C. JONES, C (1996)
Garnered Associated Press first-team All-America honors … Three-time first-team All-BIG EAST selection … Semifinalist for Lombardi Award, presented annually to nation’s top offensive or defensive lineman or linebacker … Outland Trophy semifinalist, given to nation’s best interior lineman … One of most talented offensive linemen to ever play at Miami … Four-year starter at center … Battled through knee injuries to start 41 games during career … Performance and effort grades are unprecedented in UM history … Intense competitor who once ripped face mask off helmet of defensive teammate during practice … Signed as free agent with Denver Broncos … Native of Midland, Texas.
Earned first-team All-America honors from The Sporting News … Two-time All-BIG EAST first-team selection … One of most dominating offensive linemen in Miami history … Was team leader in pancake blocks during both junior and senior campaigns … Tied Mike Sullivan for UM record in career starts (48) … Played every down for Miami over final two seasons … Invited to play in Senior Bowl, Hula Bowl, East-West Shrine Game and Florida Citrus All-Star Gridiron Classic … Fifth-round draft choice of Baltimore Ravens … Native of Montreal, Quebec.
Was named first-team All-American by both The Football News and The Sporting News … Two-time first-team All-BIG EAST selection … Won Compaq Play of the Week for TD catch against Syracuse on Nov. 27, 1999 … Recorded 77 career receptions for 1,038 yards and 12 touchdowns … Started 30 of 34 career games at UM … Also voted Associated Press second-team All-America … First-round draft pick of Green Bay Packers (14th overall) … Native of Big Spring, Texas.