With the regular season in the rearview and the first bowl game in three years approaching, what better time to dish out some awards to the 2013 Miami Hurricanes football team? Vishnu Parasuraman (@VRP2003) and Josh Baumgard (@JoshBaumgard) have the envelopes.
Pictures of the Year
1. Duke Johnson hugs it out with coach Michael Barrow after beating Florida.
2. Miami upsets Florida
3. Herb Waters and Rashawn Scott before the spring game.
Highlighter of the Year
Winner: Stacy Coley
Josh: A real freshman (Sorry, Jameis), he was the only player in college football to score a touchdown off a run, catch, punt return, and kick return. He finished with 10 touchdowns this season.
Winner: Pat O’Donnell
Vishnu: He is the one Cane who is elite at his position on a national level. No one else on this team can stake a claim to that. I can understand the absurdity of calling a punter the MVP, but he surely earned the accolades this year for that season-long awesome performance. No one else was consistently great.
Winner: Allen Hurns
Vishnu: He had a fantastic season and one of the best for a Miami wide receiver in program history with 1,138 yards and six touchdowns. He also made several massive catches, that are now forgotten, including a long score against Georgia Tech on 3rd and long when the Canes were in trouble.
Vishnu: No one on this defense played well.
Uniforms of the Year
Josh: Stormtrooper white.
— Cam Underwood (@UnderwoodSports) December 12, 2013
Special Teams MVP
Winner: Pat O’Donnell
Vishnu: See above, fantastic season.
Assistant Coach of the Year
Winner: Receiver Coach Brennan Carroll
Vishnu: He switched over from Tight End Coach, and had the most consistent unit on the team, despite missing key players Phillip Dorsett and Rashawn Scott for large portions of the season. Yes, he is working with a lot of talent, but he is also maximizing it.
Sam Shields Award (for playing wrong position)
Winner: Luther Robinson
Vishnu: Yes, he played a majority of time at DT, which is his natural position. But in the Pitt game, the Canes decided to drop him into coverage repeatedly, while the Panthers gratefully claimed their 500+ yards.
The Patrick Nix Clock Management Award
Winner: Carl Pelini, FAU
Vishnu: I know, I know…I had plenty of Canes’ clock blunders to choose from. But FAU spiked the ball on fourth down in the opener. That shouldn’t be forgotten.
The Jeff Bowden Award (for retaining employment because of connections)
Winner: Mark D’Onofrio
Vishnu: If this man did not go way back with Golden, there is no way he still has a job. Can you imagine if Jedd Fisch came in back in 2011 and had the last three years that D’Onofrio has had? He wouldn’t have made it to Year 3.
Winner: Al Golden’s hair
Josh: At this point, I’m convinced it’s made of wax. It may not even be real. It even has a Twitter account.
— Chris Hacker (@PurpleCane41) July 29, 2013
The Brock Berlin Award (for underappreciation)
Winner: Stephen Morris
Vishnu: He was up and down, but was constantly expected to overcome an abhorrent defense, which greatly clouds the perception. Canes fans will miss him when he is gone.