Happy Fourth Of July: Top Five Miami Hurricanes To Wear #4
July the fourth is a day to celebrate America. Although America has its positives and negatives, there are a few things America does the best. One of which is college football and another is the Miami Hurricanes.
Here we’ll celebrate the best players to wear the number four in the history of the Miami Hurricanes football program with football season steadily approaching.
5. Earl Little
A close friend of the Canes County family and a member of the football community here in South Florida. The North Miami High School graduate was a solid defensive back for the Hurricanes in the early to mid-90s. He played for a national championship in the 1994 Orange Bowl against Nebraska in a losing effort. He finished his collegiate career with six career interceptions.
Little would go on to play in the NFL playing for the New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, and Green Bay Packers, and finished with 18 career interceptions.
Little remains in South Florida as a high school football coach. He coached Cypress Bay, Cooper City, Miami Central, Dr. Krop, American Heritage Plantation, and now with St. Thomas Aquinas as co-defensive coordinator.
4. Phillip Dorsett
One of the fastest players to ever play for “The U.” Rated a three-star prospect out of St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) for the 2011 class, Dorsett would finish his career as one of the most prolific receivers to play at Miami. He finished his career with 121 receptions for 2,132 yards scoring 17 touchdowns.
Dorsett was drafted in the first round of the 2015 draft. Dorsett bounced around to a few teams and currently has 121 receptions for 1,637 yards. He won a super bowl with the New England Patriots in the 2018 season. He is currently on the active Houston Texans roster.
3. Najeh Davenport
The X-factor of the 2001 national championship team that could do it all. Playing at the fullback position he could run the football, catch the ball out of the backfield, serve as lead blocker or block a blitzing linebacker to protect the quarterback. The Miami native totaled 1,211 scrimmage yards scoring 16 touchdowns in his college career. He was named the offensive captain of arguably the best college football team of all time.
Davenport was one of the first great players to come out of Miami Central High School and was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft to the Green Bay Packers. Najeh played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts finishing his career with 13 rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns.
2. Steve Walsh
The Minnesota native led the Hurricanes to the 1987 national championship. Sitting behind Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde, Walsh got his chance to show what he can do at quarterback bringing a second national championship for the storied program.
Walsh passed for 5,369 yards throwing for 48 touchdowns in three seasons at Miami. Walsh holds the record for passing touchdowns in a season (29) for the Hurricanes. Walsh led the Canes to a 23-1 record as the starter.
Walsh would go on to the NFL, drafted by his former college coach Jimmy Johnson to the Dallas Cowboys. Walsh played ten seasons in the NFL throwing for over 7,000 yards and 40 touchdowns.
1. Devin Hester
Was there any doubt who number one would be? The best return man of all time played in all three phases of the game (offense, defense, and special teams). On offense, he totaled 356 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. On defense, he registered five interceptions and a fumble return for a touchdown. On special teams, he totaled 1,657 yards scoring on four punt returns and two kick returns.
In the NFL, Hester really made his mark on this great game. He was drafted in the second round in 2006 by the Chicago Bears and was productive as a receiver over his career catching 255 for 3,311 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns. Hester holds the record for most total returns for touchdowns (19) and most punt returns for touchdowns (14). Hester was selected to the pro bowl as a returner four times.