As has been the tradition here for the last five years or so, before each football season bloggers select their own personal "Legends of the Fall", or players who they think will excel in the upcoming season. After the season is over the specific players who achieved legendary status are selected based on their actual performance on the field that year.
Today we are proud to announce the Legends of the Fall for 2012:
Offense: QB Stephen Morris. Morris improved significantly in his first full year as a starter under the tutelage of UM offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. He threw for 3,345 yards while maintaining a 21:7 TD to INT ratio in leading the team to seven wins and a share of the ACC Coastal Division title. Morris completed 245 of 421 attempts for a 58% completion ratio and 278 yards per game. Not only did he play well but he also demonstrated excellent leadership on and off of the field.
Honorable Mention on offense: RB Mike James and WR Phillip Dorsett.
Defense: CB Brandon McGee. McGee was a solid contributor this season and started all 11 games at cornerback for the Hurricanes in 2012. McGee's coverage and tackling skills improved dramatically and his consistent play was unique among players on the defensive side of the ball. McGee, who is a Senior and has played his last game as a Hurricane, is projected by some to be a third round NFL draft pick due to his speed, athletic ability and performance at Miami.
Honorable Mention on defense: DL Shayon Green and LB Denzel Perryman.
Freshman: Duke Johnson and Deon Bush. Duke and Deon, Deon and Duke. What more can be said that hasn't already been written about this dynamic duo who both single-handedly propelled the UM offense and defense as true freshman in 2012. Johnson ignited a Hurricane offense in desparate need of a spark and Bush helped bring back memories of Hurricane greats of the past at the safety position as he brought his hard-hitting presence to the middle of the field for the Canes in 2012.
Honorable Mention for freshman: Herb Waters and Tyriq McCord.
Coach: Jedd Fisch. Coach Fisch led a prolific UM offense in 2012 that set several school and ACC records. The Hurricans amassed 5,292 yards on the season, an average or 441 yards/game and 6.5 yards per play. Miami scored 377 points this season, averaging just over 31 points/game and had an 87% production rate in the Red Zone. The UM offense was by far the more successful and productive unit in 2012 as QB Stephen Morris, running back Mike James and wide receivers Phillip Dorsett and Allen Hurns all had solid seasons. Fisch also helped develop young players like WR Rashawn Scott, WR Malcom Lewis, WR Herb Waters and running back Duke Johnson during the 2012 campaign. At the end of the season we even saw a TE catch a pass while wearing "The U" on their helmet as TE Clive Walford flashed onto the scene.
Honorable Mention as coaches: Art Kehoe and Terry Richardson.