They are considered one of the greatest teams ever, winning three National Championships in four years and finishing ranked number 1 or 2 for five straight seasons. The 2001 Miami Hurricanes have been lauded as being another team that changed college football forever, but how does this hold up through time?
The “2001 miami hurricanes schedule” is a list of the games that the Miami Hurricanes played during their 2001 football season. The team went undefeated and won the national championship.
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The 2001 Miami Hurricanes had one goal in mind when it came to their summer workouts: make them as difficult as possible.
Nobody wants to work out at 1 p.m. in South Florida’s sweltering heat and excessive humidity. Nobody, on the other hand, wanted to squander the chance in front of them: A chance to win the school’s first national title in ten years.
“They were the most difficult workouts we’ve ever done,” said cornerback Mike Rumph. “It was critical, however, that we never showed how much anguish we were in. We used to declare it was the simplest exercise and suck our fingers as if it were a piece of cake. It began out as a joke, but it quickly evolved into something along the lines of, “No matter what you put us through, we can’t be wounded.” We’re more resilient than you realize.”
The 2001 Miami Hurricanes are largely recognized as one of the finest college football teams of all time twenty years later. From Andre Johnson to Jeremy Shockey to Vince Wilfork, and at least one NFL Hall of Famer in Ed Reed, their roster was stacked with potential first-round choices. They crushed practically everyone on their schedule, culminating in a rout of Nebraska in the BCS National Championship Game in the Rose Bowl, 37-14.
What made this squad distinct, according to players and coaches, was their togetherness, accountability, and determination to go to any length to win a title, particularly during afternoon exercises. “It wasn’t about the elite, starters, pecking hierarchies, or anything like that,” center Brett Romberg said. “It seemed as though you were doing exactly what I was doing. There was no jealousy as you were sweating, bleeding, and putting everything on the line for the man next to you.” They were motivated by the snub they all felt the year before, when Florida State beat Miami in the BCS national championship game despite the Hurricanes winning their regular-season battle. From then, this legendary squad began their ascent to stardom. Here is the tale of the 2001 season as recounted by more than two dozen players, coaches, and opposition coaches in their own words.
When coach Butch Davis resigned to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, the team faced adversity immediately after the year flipped to 2001. Former athletic director Paul Dee was persuaded by players to promote offensive coordinator Larry Coker to head coach.
Butch Davis, a former coach, I’d signed a contract before Thanksgiving with the intention of staying at the University of Miami for the rest of my life. However, there were a few points in the contract on which we couldn’t agree…. [My family and I] finally made the choice to leave at the end of January. I wanted to be present. We’d gone through a lot of hardships. On campus, we had a guy [backup LB Marlin Barnes] killed. We lost 31 scholarships. In 1995, we stopped using the bowl. We’d just gone 11-1 after defeating Florida in the Sugar Bowl. The deck was stacked high. We’d signed up for a fantastic class. This is going to be fantastic for the next three, four, or five years, it seemed.
OC Chudzinski, Rob Butch did an outstanding job of hiring, developing, and establishing the culture. And, although you can name all the outstanding players on the squad, they weren’t the biggest recruiters or five-star players at the time. Butch deserves credit for a lot of what we accomplished. It was a competitive culture with a high level of responsibility, and he created a family atmosphere.
CB Mike Rumph is a writer and a musician. We were stranded after Butch departed, so we all went upstairs to speak to Mr. Dee, myself, Bryant McKinnie, Ed Reed, Ken Dorsey, and a few other men. There was a report that we were going to hire Barry Alvarez, the Wisconsin coach, and we were like, “Wait a minute.” “We don’t want him in our midst. Coach Coker is someone from inside the organization who is familiar with us.” They paid attention to what we had to say.
Larry Coker is the head coach. I wasn’t sure whether I’d obtain the job in my head. The fact that the players rallied to my cause helped me get the job. Because I knew the players, it was a seamless adjustment.
Davis It was possible that Greg Schiano would have gotten the job if he hadn’t quit and gone to Rutgers, but I was relieved that there wouldn’t be a meltdown for the staff and players. Because they altered the entire program when Jimmy [Johnson] departed after winning two national championships, and I didn’t want that to happen to those kids.
Brett Romberg, C Larry Coker understood he couldn’t change anything after the baton was passed. We have the formula, the tools, and everything we need to succeed. All we can do now is pray that this train does not derail.
QB Dorsey, Ken He was the ideal instructor for our group, and his personality fit right in.
OT McKinnie, Bryant We didn’t want to adapt or learn a new offense, defense, or anything else. We enjoyed what we had, and we truly wanted to maintain it. Many of us were approaching senior year and didn’t want to chance having to play a bit slower while still attempting to learn anything.
Chudzinski Larry wasn’t exactly a glamorous choice at the time, and it’s not often that the players have that much say in who gets hired. There were a lot of concerns with Larry’s arrival and the addition of two new coordinators. Larry, on the other hand, was a wonderful match for that group. There were a lot of expectations, and Larry relieved the stress. It gave the players and coaching staff a common cause to unite around.
S Ed Reed is a writer who lives in New York We were a true team. Individuals have been placed on hold for your brothers. I attempted to show it during my senior year, since I might have dropped out during my junior year. I would have been selected higher in the draft and everything. This was something I was aware of. But I wasn’t going anywhere with these men. I wanted to win the national title, and so did the rest of the team. And I felt like a chess piece in the process.
Romberg We all knew we should have been contending for a national championship in the Sugar Bowl game versus Florida.
Davis The disappointment and disappointment that motivated us to go to the Sugar Bowl and do what we did versus Florida to make a statement that we probably should’ve been the champions played a big influence in our going there and doing what we did. The New York Times is the only newspaper I still read since they named us national winners at the conclusion of the season.
Romberg So the next year was a salt-in-the-wound, chip-on-the-shoulder season in which we intended to take no prisoners and make up for what had transpired the year before.
Markese Fitzgerald, CB “If you come back to school, I’m not going to promise you anything, but there’s a decent possibility you’ll never lose another college football game,” Randy Shannon told me.
The Hurricanes understood what they were up against with Coker as head coach and important players like Reed and McKinnie returning for their senior seasons. They made sure that their offseason training were the most challenging they’d ever done.
Dorsey It motivates you during workouts and the offseason, and it was a huge motivator for me because guys like Reggie Wayne and Santana Moss put their heart and soul into the program, and not being able to give them a national championship when you thought you could was one of those things that sticks with you. We had the perspective the next year that no matter what happened, we had to take care of business. There wasn’t much else to say. We knew we had to live up to the expectations that the folks before us had established for how hard you had to work and what the level was.
Don Soldinger, the RBs’ coach They were all in charge of themselves. They pushed each other to their limits, and the one thing that set them apart was their fierce competitiveness. They despised losing. They would challenge each other to sprints or anything else they could think of, and they held each other responsible and refused to tolerate mediocrity.
D.J. Williams, LB Andreu Swasey, our strength coach, was the team’s heart and soul. He was the kind of man who knew how to get under our skin and test us. He was the kind of father figure we didn’t want to disappoint.
Andreu Swasey, a strength coach I had to confront them because if I didn’t, they’d be staring at you, as if to say, “What is this?” I had to make things as difficult as possible. They accepted it, and it was then that I realized the great ones like to be pushed. You’ll be in big trouble if you don’t drive them.
OT Gonzalez, Joaquin It was a program designed to test men’s ability to swim or sink. When I reflect back on our exercises and the strain we placed on each other to not let each other down, there was so much pressure that I would think twice about missing a session, skipping a rep, or letting my brother down because there was so much involved in it.
DC Shannon, Randy The most amazing aspect of the squad was the fact that a younger player may take your place at any moment. It wasn’t something that came naturally. You have to put up some effort. Take, for example, Ed Reed. Sean Taylor was just behind him. You had Phillip Buchanon and Mike Rumph in front of you, as well as Antrel Rolle. You had Willis McGahee and Frank Gore, and everyone recognized [Clinton] Portis. Someone was waiting to take your place if you didn’t put in the effort.
Fitzgerald People were terrified of disappointing the person next to them. You might easily get kicked out if you weren’t doing everything correctly, like coming to class, making your grades, or showing up to work out.
Williams I’m all grins as a first-year student. I’m glad to be here, and I’d want to give everyone a high-five, because it was clear from the minute I came into the locker room that you’re going to work. You’re going to have a battle. You’re either going to communicate and remain together, or you’re going to have to go. We have a single aim in mind. The goal is to win the national title. And if you don’t agree with this, you must go.
Matt Walters, DT Because Vince Wilfork is my backup, I wouldn’t be able to play as much if I slacked off. This is true for everyone. Does this imply that I didn’t support Vince? No. We were all huge supporters of each other, but we also understood that if you went into the week and slacked or wanted to stay out late on a Tuesday night and didn’t put in the effort in practice, you weren’t going to receive the repetitions.
Antrel Rolle, CB As one of the team’s younger players, the competition only served to improve me. The elder men took us under their wing and offered assistance. It was always like being part of a family.
Najeh Davenport, RB For us, it was the ideal storm. We knew we were excellent, and when we went out on Saturdays to play, the opponents we faced were not as good as the men on our scout squad.
Chudzinski It seemed as though the 2001 season had already been scripted. We simply had a feeling we’d take it all. They didn’t have a chance against us, no matter who stood in our way.
Coker It was my first game as a head coach, and it was a matchup versus Joe Paterno. It was a thrilling experience to win the game. It definitely set the tone for us to not just win, but to be a dominating team. It drew a lot of interest.
Dorsey The scenery was really breathtaking. It was significant how well we were able to play and come out blazing on all cylinders. We passed the ball around to a lot of different players because Andre Johnson, Ethenic Sands, and Kevin Beard weren’t established commodities at the time. We had fresh players walking in who weren’t first-round draft selections yet, and Shockey had been there and done that. We felt we had a good crew, but you never know until the gunshots start.
Williams We felt belittled just because we were highly rated before the season and they were playing a White Out game. And you feel you’re going to win when you do things like that. Not only that, but they were commemorating one of their former players who had been crippled and had regained his ability to walk, so they had him run out. I believe they erected more bleachers, making it the largest stadium in college football. We were made to feel insulted by a slew of these things.
McKinnie In Scranton, Pennsylvania, I attended a JUCO. [Paterno] wasn’t accepting JUCO transfers at the time, and that was one of the schools I wanted to go, so when I had the opportunity to play against them, I told myself, “I’m going to show him.”
Rumph We understood what we had on paper, but seeing how we were dominating and producing energy in such a difficult atmosphere made us realize, “Wow, we are who we believe we are.”
Gonzalez I recall thinking it was going to be a tough game, but we had prepared so well that it was a breeze.
Williams We were just too huge, powerful, and swift, as well as much too physically demanding. We made it clear to the rest of the nation what the focus of the season would be. From start to end, we trounced those men, and Happy Valley was not pleased.
The events of September 11th forced a halt in college football, with games canceled or postponed that weekend, and Miami’s game versus Washington was rescheduled until later in the season.
Miami returned to Pitt on Sept. 27 with a goal to keep moving ahead, winning 43-21. After the events of 2000, the game against Florida State on Oct. 13 took on considerably more significance. At halftime, Reed gave his now-famous “I’m injured, dog” outburst, which was recorded on tape by a documentary team working on an ESPN all-access program. Reed can be heard yelling at his teammates “I’m in pain, dog! Don’t bother asking whether I’m okay. No way, no how. We’re not going to do what Joaquin says! This (crap) dog has my heart. Let’s get this party started, dude!”
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Gonzalez “Dominated” the squad the year before, breaking them down before walking into the locker room immediately before the game. We’ll be OK if you take charge of your responsibilities and enough other men do the same. Many individuals are unaware of the background. Most people assume that UM was losing, but this is not the case. We were winning, but we were squandering a lot of points. We let them drive just before halftime, and Ed Reed was out of that drive due to a shoulder injury. We’re getting ready to walk out in an extremely tight locker room, and I remember it like it was yesterday, and I remember getting shivers from hearing his war cry, exactly like when we came out in the second half, and we’re putting this away.
Fitzgerald Everything is included. Ed was hell-bent on destroying Florida State for a variety of reasons. We redshirted our freshman year, but we would go on road trips with our jerseys and sweats on the sidelines. They trounced us 47-0, and as I walked off the field, everyone was rejoicing, and he remarked to me, “As long as I’m involved, I’ll never be humiliated by Florida State again.” And it made an impression on me. So many times when I hear his voice, I can feel his regret at the fact that it was his last chance. He didn’t want anything to get too near. He didn’t want it to get too near.
Coker The crew sat up and took notice as he talked. And the coaches paid attention when he talked.
Davis It was during a basketball game when I first saw him in person when we recruited him in high school. With the ball in his hands, he was leading everything, directing players what to do, and you could see this kid had that magical instinct for how to play team games. Then he had that voice on the practice field. Ed was a player who took the time to chat to them. He seemed unconcerned about reprimanding athletes who failed to do their duties. That’s one of the things you admire about excellent leaders: they respect and love their colleagues, but they also hold them responsible.
Reed Prior to this game, I was injured. Everyone came up to me and inquired if I was harmed since my AC [joint] was sprained. Yes, I’ve been injured. Despite the fact that I’m injured, we allowed them to score two touchdowns. This squad, who knocked us out of the national championship game our freshman year, defeated us… pushed the quarterback into the goal post… that was it.
Rumph In my four years there, we always played them close for whatever reason. They’ve always had a solid running back and offensive line, and it’s a difficult atmosphere to play in. The crowd were standing directly above the bench, shouting at our coaches and tossing Skittles at us, as far as I recall. They kept reminding us that if we didn’t listen to our instructors, we’d get our butts kicked.
Romberg On offense, we were terrible. We’re no longer alive. That was an awful day for us. Nothing we did was correct. We didn’t communicate well. Our physical condition was poor. I guess they dubbed us Michelin men because some of the guys looked like Michelin tire salesmen when they initially put their garments on because they were packing up like they were heading into a freakin’ snowstorm. “How are you going to function and play football?” the coaches wondered as they wore hoodies, sweatshirts, and coats over their shoulder pads. That’s how ridiculous it became.
Dorsey One of those games, I suppose. However, I believe that every team that has won a national championship has had a game like that, when it comes down to the final second and if you lose, your season is finished. Every team needs to go through it because it’s the only way to develop the mental toughness to know that no matter what happens, you’ll find a way to win. It’s one of those strange situations that you can’t describe, but you have to get through it.
Chudzinski Kenny was the ideal gentleman. He had intangibles. He possessed a lot of intellect. The people in charge. The ability to deal with difficulties and circumstances. The mental toughness, the tenacity. Guys came out in support of him. I’ll never forget the year before when we won Florida State and everyone was rejoicing when Ed Reed instructed Ken Dorsey to get up and urged everyone to start clapping for him. “This is our man,” he practically said to everyone.
Coker “You don’t really know what you’re getting,” his coach warned me when I recruited him. He was absolutely correct. Kenny didn’t have the most powerful arm in football, but he was a fantastic leader and playmaker. He was the one who made things happen. He made wise judgments and improved the lives of others around him. Those players looked up to him. He was the straw that swirled the wine, they knew.
Shannon We all adored Dorsey, but we understood we had other players with different skill sets and abilities on the squad. Let’s go win it on defense if that’s what we need to do. They were sure of themselves. But there was never any pressure on anybody since they were confident in their ability to do the task.
With less than a minute remaining, Miami led 12-7, but BC had first-and-goal at the Miami 9-yard line.
Reed They’re on their way to victory, and the whole crowd felt they were on their way to victory. That was always going to be a difficult game for us. It was never easy.
Rumph On that play, we knew what route was coming. It wasn’t unexpected. We form a line, and Ed says, “Here comes the slant, Mike. Take a look inside. I was able to push you over the edge.” They run a slant, so I move in to take it up with my fingers splayed and my hands below my knee. My knee got caught between my palms and whacked the ball’s tip, which flipped to Matt Walters.
Walters I remember the offensive lineman trying to cut my knees on that play, and I remember ultimately getting it correct. Coach had been teaching me for four years to put my hands down, put on his helmet, and shove his head down on the ground so he wouldn’t get to my legs. And as I finished, I thought to myself, “Oh, man, that felt amazing.” I turned around, and the next thing I knew, the ball is drifting slowly toward me. “Oh my my, don’t drop this,” I thought to myself. I wasn’t thinking about returning it for a touchdown when I caught it. I was exhausted. In my head, I was thinking, “There isn’t much time left in the game. I’m about to step out of boundaries.” I began sprinting with my back to the sideline. I recall Ed approaching me from behind. Ed was unmistakably calling out my name “Matt, Matt, Matt! Ed is calling!”
Rumph Whether you watch the movie, as he’s falling to the ground, he glances up to check if it’s Ed, and then he lets go of the ball.
Reed That shows how much trust we had in each other, since he heard my voice and handed me the ball. That’s how much time we’ve spent together.
Walters Four or five people swarmed on me, and the next thing I know, I’m gazing at the ground, and when I turn over and look up, Ed is gone.
Rumph I was following Ed, and he played some backyard football by running zigzags to avoid being caught, and then spiking the ball to emphasize that particular move.
Walters Euphoric adrenaline washes through you at that time. I couldn’t get off the ground quickly enough to embrace him. It wasn’t until later that it struck me. When you look back on it, you realize that Mike, myself, and Ed put up a fantastic performance. That season has an asterisk next to it because they could have scored a touchdown or kicked a field goal.
Soldinger I told Mike that they should bronze your knee and induct it into the Hall of Fame since we wouldn’t have been able to compete for a national title if it hadn’t happened.
Coker You have to win certain games that you aren’t expected to win in order to win a national championship. BC was an excellent team, and it seemed like we were not meant to win, yet we did.
Coker You don’t want to speak about it too much as a coach or as a player, but it’s impossible not to.
Walters We were furious. There wasn’t a single person I knew who wasn’t upset going into the game.
Rumph That game cemented our desire to be the best. That environment was insane. There’s something magical about playing a night game at the Orange Bowl. Many of us returned only for this game.
Coach Rick Neuheisel of the Washington Redskins Our squad was battered and fatigued, and the youngsters wanted to go home for Thanksgiving, but now we had to go to Miami, where I knew they’d be out for vengeance. “Let’s postpone the game until next year,” I said to our athletic director Barbara Hodges, but she insisted, “No, we have to go.” I’m not sure how General Custer felt, but I was in his shoes.
Williams Isn’t it true that we wanted to defeat them for two reasons? We had been eliminated from the national championship game the previous year due to a loss. We knew when we brought them out here that they wouldn’t be prepared for the cold and the physicality. It was one of those games when the score simply kept getting higher and higher. They should have returned to high school and done the running clock there. We could have easily scored 80 points. They couldn’t handle the environment. They’ve never experienced anything like that. I’m referring to the energy, or heat. You could sense the energy of the audience, as well as our rage and desire to defeat them.
Miami needed one more victory to complete a perfect regular season and earn a berth in the BCS national championship game: against Big East opponent Virginia Tech on the road. The No. 14 Virginia Tech Hokies proved to be a strong opponent. Virginia Tech lined up for a 2-point conversion to tie the game after a blocked punt recovered for a touchdown trimmed Miami’s advantage to 26-24. Ernest Wilford, on the other hand, dropped it.
Dorsey Many people are unaware of the rivalry that exists between Miami and Virginia Tech. Every single one of those games was a physical battle. When you went to play those men, you were going into a street brawl. There will be some incredible 3- or 4-yard rushes. Blitzes will be picked up by unheralded heroes. In those games, that’s how it works. Many people speak on Florida State’s troubles, but we experienced our own setbacks versus Virginia Tech.
OL Rodriguez, Joel Oh, yes, I was terrified. At that point, it was like, “All right, we’re going to ship after the final game.” That was the first time, at least for a part of the game, we diverted our attention away from the work at hand and toward the horizon.
Rumph It was a tense situation. The game with the most noise. It was terrifying. We had no idea it would come down to a two-point convert, but the football Gods were on our side that day, and that kid dropped the ball.
Fitzgerald He was, after all, almost automatic for them. I was thinking, “I need some prayer right now,” after he missed the two-point conversion. He was definitely the most despised person in Blacksburg that night, but thank you so much for saving us some grief.
Walters We thought we deserved to win those tight games during that season because we had outworked those opponents over the preseason. You must have known we were going to rip it out deep down in your bones. We had that extra whatever because we had that extra whatever. That additional X Factor was required. We knew we had it in us, and we knew it. We were certain. We were never concerned.
Frank Beamer is the head coach of Virginia Tech. That day, we blocked a kick, a punt, and a field goal. That provided us with an opportunity. But you can’t give the ball over against a squad like them, and I believe we threw four interceptions. Ed Reed was the one who made the [final] interception. This year, we were both inducted into the Hall of Fame. He mentioned he liked our squad, something I’ll never forget. He admired anybody who could deflect kicks like that.
Chudzinski I’m not sure whether this was ever made public, but Kenny [Dorsey] was struck and took a heavy blow to the ribs. He was on the verge of having to leave the game. I recall the doctor stating he couldn’t throw the ball very far. They also had a strong defense. It was difficult to find out how to complete the remainder of the game. Many people don’t realize how close it was, but he was a great leader for us, and he wasn’t going to leave that game without a fight. He needed tenacity and guts, and he needed to be in there the whole time.
Dorsey It felt amazing entering the locker room following the victory against Virginia Tech. When you go into the changing room, everyone is ecstatic. It was incredible to be able to travel to a national championship without having to worry about someone else losing. At the end, I believe it was a weight lifted off everyone’s shoulders.
Rumph We caught a couple men in the stadium attempting to videotape our practices to see how we were going to thwart the triple option. We saw a man lying down with a camera in the 55th row, so we began pointing him out, and he got up and ran to one of the doors. In the Coliseum, it occurred twice.
Chudzinski Bowl game practices may seem monotonous or exhausting at times. But I recall a two-minute drill we ran a few days before the game, pitting our No. 1 attack against the No. 1 defense. I’ll never forget the frantic pace and fierce competition. Ed Reed was coming up full-speed and full-tackle as Shockey was diving for balls. And as a coach, you virtually never want your players to be on the ground only days before the game. But these players were as focused on winning the two-minute drill as they were on winning the Rose Bowl. That had always been the essence of Miami, and that was what set it different in my opinion.
Jonathan Vilma, LB Randy Shannon is showing us every possible scenario for this choice, and I was becoming upset since it was difficult to digest everything. And when we’re in Pasadena, he comes up to me and says, “Look, don’t worry, it’ll be easier in the game.”
Reed We created “Ballin Boys” before we even got to the game. “We’re going to whoop y’all,” we said in a tune akin to the Super Bowl Shuffle. Years later, I hear individuals in the NFL say things like, “Man, I listened to that song.”
Romberg Richie Incognito, who I played with with the Rams, informed me that when they saw us get off the bus at Disney [during the week], they began laughing. We seemed to them to be a high school squad. They were all large lads, not just on the offensive line. They were making fun of us and laughing at us, as if they were going to take us all over the football field and pound us.
Chudzinski Everyone is pumped up. We’re pumped as we board the buses. And I’ll never forget witnessing the sea of crimson that appeared to stretch for miles as Nebraska supporters arrived. And we’re on the buses, speeding through this wave of red, and they all appeared to be yelling at us at the same time. And I’ll never forget Larry getting up in front of the bus, all worked up, and saying, “Men, don’t be concerned. They’re simply letting us know that we’re number one.”
Shannon We’d always claimed that once we got the option’s pace down, we’d have it done in the first quarter.
Vilma The first series, we line up, they run their option, and it was as if they were running through sand for us in practice. We get to the sideline, and Randy Shannon says, “Hey, how do they look?” after the first series. “Coach, call it whatever you want, we’re going to win,” I said. “Are you serious?” he asked. “Coach, they’re as slow as hell,” I remarked.
Coker For years, I had been at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and we had never defeated [Nebraska]. It was meaningful to me, and I knew it would be a difficult game. I didn’t anticipate it to be such a rout. They worked well together. However, we worked well together.
Romberg Their entire sideline s—- their pants when Vince Wilfork threw their All-American guard Toniu Fonoti five yards into the backfield and made a tackle for a loss, and then Vilma started decapitating tight ends, and it became a whole different animal, and they weren’t aware, used to, privy to, and they literally thought they were going to come in and mop the floor with us. At halftime, Incognito informed me, their coach simply stated, “Guys, let’s just try to keep this thing close,” right in front of the athletic director.
Williams They didn’t stand a chance in the game. Like, none at all. I don’t want to be disrespectful, but we were five steps quicker, ten pounds heavier, and considerably more ferocious than they were, which is a different kind of game. I believe that what shook them was how much fun we were having while being rough and intense. Many people questioned whether they should have qualified for the tournament. They knew they were going to be overwhelmed and outmatched five minutes into the game, if not sooner.
Walters The fourth quarter was exciting for us since the game was almost over, and everyone got to enjoy and be a part of it: first, second, and third string players were all going in and playing. That made us all feel fantastic.
Miami led 34-0 at halftime and went on to win 37-14, claiming the school’s sixth national title.
Rumph Just seeing the trophy emerge was surreal.
Dorsey For me, being from California, playing in the Rose Bowl was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I had a lot of high school pals who were always there for me, people I grew up with and liked and who had always been there for me. You grew up watching the Rose Bowl, the procession, and the games. And it was extra amazing to stand on the platform alongside individuals like Andre Johnson, who had been my suite mate since freshman year, and hold up that trophy.
Fitzgerald It was one of those things that seemed to be destined for us, if you know what I mean. Everything that we put into this came together when it was supposed to.
Williams We were completely spent. Because our minds were fixed on one objective for the whole season, and you don’t realize how tiresome something can be until you’re pursuing it.
Gonzalez We win, and we’re in the locker room, and there’s a melancholy that comes with achieving something you’ve worked so hard for. We all went on to have successful jobs, but I was left wondering, “What now?” I was itching to play some more.
Vilma I really wanted to remain in the locker room since it was the first time I had ever won anything. I’ve never had that experience, just to sit there and say, “I’m the greatest, and it was the result of all of our hard work.” “Damn,” I recalled thinking as I sat there.
Chudzinski I had no idea at the time that this squad would go on to be regarded as one of the finest in college football. I believed we’d have a talented squad, but the coaching changes had raised a lot of worries. We hadn’t gone to the location. It wasn’t like we lived at the top of the Associated Press poll. But I had the idea that we were going to win the national championship and that we would go to any length to do it.
Dorsey Against anybody, I’d be confident in our squad. It’s an entertaining argument, but the competitive in you knows exactly where we stand.
Beamer It’s possible to argue that this is the most talented squad in history. Last year, maybe Alabama. However, the amount of outstanding players, first-round draft picks, and guys that were selected is really astounding. Vince Wilfork, Frank Gore, Kellen Winslow, and Sean Taylor were all first-round picks in the NFL, yet they were all backups on that squad. How fantastic is that?
Davis You know you have a championship culture when the team takes responsibility of its achievement. We knew that while I was there, but it became a reality in 2001. Ed Reed and Kenny Dorsey took charge of everything: lifting, summer training, and coming in to review video.
Chudzinski What set those individuals unique was what was going on inside of them, both in their thoughts and in their hearts, in terms of how they competed and prepared, as well as how much they loved and cared about the game. Individual skill isn’t the issue. These were unique individuals. As I progressed through the NFL, we’d always find those Miami players on the other side, and you knew they’d be the most competitive. When I saw them before the game, I’d always grin and say, “Yeah, we’re going to go at it.”
The “2001 Miami Hurricanes are one of college football’s greatest teams ever” is a statement that has been made by many people. The 2001 Miami Hurricanes are the only team to have won three consecutive national championships. They also hold the record for most wins in a single season. Reference: 2001 miami hurricanes national championship.
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