By way of comparison, the Florida Gators have only had 18 players in the Pro Bowl all-time.
WR Andre Johnson (Houston Texans), WR Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts), DL Vince Wilfork (New England Patriots), LB Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens), S Ed Reed (Baltimore Ravens), S Brandon Meriweather (New England Patriots), OL Bryant McKinnie (Minnesota Vikings), LB Jonathan Vilma (New Orleans Saints), RB Frank Gore (San Francisco 49ers), S Antrel Rolle (Arizona Cardinals) and LB Jon Beason (Carolina Panthers) will represent “The U” on the Pro Bowl roster.
McKinnie was kicked off the squad due to too many missed practices. Reed will not play due to injury. Wayne and Vilma will not play as they are in next week’s Super Bowl.
“The U has turned out some great players,” Rolle said. “We’re amongst the best of the best in the league and it shows out there each and every Sunday.”
Every recruit should take notice of this roster, or the poster the marketing department issued a few years ago or the cereal box from last year and learn that success in the NFL often flows through Coral Gables.
Former Hurricanes and former San Francisco 49ers defensive back Mike Rumph will hold a youth football camp tomorrow, January 30, from 9am to 3pm on the practice fields behind the Tom Oxley Athletic Center on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Former ‘Canes stars Santana Moss and Duane Starks are also scheduled to appear.
The ‘Canes will be led by preseason All-America catcher Yasmani Grandal. Grandal emerged last season as one of the top power hitters in the ACC, leading Miami and all ACC catchers with 16 home runs. The Miami native led the ‘Canes with a 1.081 OPS in 2009 en route to earning All-ACC second team honors. He finished his sophomore season ranking second on the team in slugging percentage (.599) and total bases (118), while collecting 45 RBI and 48 runs scored in 59 games.
In his two seasons in Coral Gables, Grandal has 23 home runs, 73 RBI and a .978 fielding percentage in 97 career games. After hitting .234 as a freshman in 2008, he improved his average by 65 points last year to .299. Over the summer, Grandal was a key member of Team USA during its championship run at the 2009 World Baseball Challenge.
Miami’s Danielle Mills clinched match point for the Hurricanes with a 6-1, 6-0 win over the Owls’ Cassie Bergeson and the ‘Canes extended their all-time record against FAU to 27-0 with a 7-0 victory on Saturday in Coral Gables.
Behind Riquna Williams’ two three-pointers in the final minute, including the game-winner with 2.4 seconds left, and Shenise Johnson’s 17 points, the Hurricanes snapped the Maryland Terrapins’ 48 game home winning streak 80-77 on Thursday. The streak was the second longest active home winning streak in the nation, behind only Connecticut’s current 58 game streak.
Former Hurricanes and current New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is behind a new T-Shirt entitled, “Department of Domeland Defense,” a play on words merging the Department of Homeland Defense and the New Orleans Superdome, the Saints home.
A portion of the proceeds will be directed to a Haiti charity of Jonathan’s choice.
Vilma’s parents immigrated to the United States from Haiti in the 1970s.
Fans can order the shirt online here.