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National Award Winners: No. 44 Dan Morgan

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2000 BEDNARIK AWARD WINNER
2000 NAGURSKI TROPHY WINNER
2000 BUTKUS AWARD WINNER

• As a junior in 1999, produced one of the greatest seasons any defensive player has had at the University of Miami as he made 139 tackles. 

• A starter since his true freshman season, came to Miami as a fullback, but during freshman two-a-days in 1997 shined at linebacker. 

• Team’s leading tackler in 2000 (his third time to lead UM in tackles) with 138.

• Set a school record with 42 consecutive starts and became the first player in the school’s history to have 100 or more tackles in each of his four seasons.

• All-time career tackles leader at Miami with 512, breaking the BIG EAST record along the way.

• Named a consensus first-team All-American and became the first player in college football history to win the Butkus, Nagurski and Bednarik awards in the same season.

• Named Football News National Defensive Player of the Year, an honor he also won on the conference level as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Morgan’s 2000 Game-By-Game Stats

Opponent UT AT TT TFL QBS FF FR Int QBH PBU
McNeese St. 3 4 7 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0
at Washington 13 7 20 2-3 0-0 0 1-0 1-11 0 3
at W. Virginia 9 7 16 2-5 2-5 0 0-0 0-0 4 0
at Rutgers 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Florida State 14 3 17 2-6 0-0 1 0-0 1-23 1 1
at Temple 13 4 17 2-9 1-7 0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Louisiana Tech 2 2 4 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 1
Virginia Tech 7 4 11 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Pittsburgh 11 9 20 2-3 0-0 0 1-0 0-0 0 0
at Syracuse 6 4 10 2-4 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Boston College 11 4 15 3-12 3-12 0 0-0 0-0 0 0
TOTALS 90 48 138 15-42 15-42 1 2-0 2-34 5 5

MIAMI HURRICANES IN BUTKUS AWARD VOTING

Year Player Place
2000 Dan Morgan, MLB 1st
1995 Ray Lewis, MLB 2nd
1992 Micheal Barrow, MLB finalist
1990 Maurice Crum, MLB finalist