Revisited: EOTH’s Top 25 Players (4-1)
#4– Tommy Streeter: Recipient of the Nick Chickillo Most Improved Player of the Year Award in 2011, Streeter gave us the break-out season of which we all knew he was capable. Playing in all 12 games and earning seven starts, Streeter lead the team in both receptions (46) and yards (811), good for fifth-best in the ACC. Tommy finished the season with a team-high 8 TD receptions and led the ‘Canes and finished fifth in the ACC with an average of 67.6 receiving yards per game. Streeter’s 17.6 average yards per catch led ACC receivers with at least 40 receptions. Tommy recorded career-bests in catches (7) and yards (176) against Virginia, including a season-long 57-yard reception, 96 receiving yards on three catches against Georgia Tech, and 89 yards on 4catches, including 1 TD reception, against North Carolina. I can only imagine what Streeter could have done if he played in 2009 and 2010 and if he was sticking around for 2012. Nonetheless, I am so proud of his accomplishments this year and I wish my 2008 NSD “crush” the best of luck in the NFL.
Preseason EOTH Top 25 Rank: 24
Top 25 Change: Plus 20
#3– Jacory Harris: Oh, Jacory. Where do I begin? I, like many fans, have had a rollercoaster relationship with this QB. Instead of rehashing all of the sordid details, I will just refer you all to my public thank you note to Jacory after the VA Tech game. Love him or hate him, or somewhere in between, Jacory ends his career at the University of Miami with the second-most passing yardage in Hurricanes’ history (8,826) behind Ken Dorsey (9,486), and the ‘Canes threw for 70 TDs in his career, also good for second behind Dorsey’s 86. In 2011, J12 played and started in 11 games, finishing the year with a single-season ‘Canes record for passing accuracy with a 65 percent success rate (195/300), throwing for 20 touchdowns and 9 INTs. Jacory was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for his 202-yard, 3 TD performance against Duke, passed for a season-high 311 yards and 3 TDs against Virginia, and threw for 267 yards and 3 TDs against North Carolina. I hurts my heart to imagine what Jacory could have done had he been given the same tutelage that he enjoyed this year under Fisch. Despite my frustrations with Jacory sometimes, I think he is a true ‘Cane, bleeds orange and green, and showed amazing resiliency considering all of the obstacles he faced. I know that whatever he does in the future, he will be a tremendous success.
Preseason EOTH Top 25 Rank: 11
Top 25 Change: Plus 8
#2– Lamar Miller: We knew Lamar Miller was going to be something special from the moment he committed to the University of Miami. This is one of those great stories about everyone in our crazy fan base being right, and maybe even having our unrealistic expectations exceeded. Earning starts in all 12 games, Lamar Miller recorded the third best single season total in program history with 1,272 rushing yards, and finished second in the ACC with an average of 106 rushing yards per game. Miller recorded seven 100 yard games in 2011, including a career-best 184 yard production against then-No. 17 Ohio State. Lamar led the ‘Canes and finished tied for 4th in the ACC with 9 rushing TDs. Miller’s best performances came against then-No. 21 VA Tech, where he rushed for 166 yards on 18 carries, including his lone receiving TD of the season, against Duke and Bethune Cookman where he scored a season high two rushing TDs, and against Boston College where he registered a career-best 79 yard run for a TD. This is another player, like Streeter, that I think needs another year to develop, but I won’t judge. I look forward to seeing Lamar Miller make us proud and continue the new touchdown streak for the ‘Canes on Sundays.
Preseason EOTH Top 25 Rank: 2
Top 25 Change: No change.
#1– Sean Spence: ‘Canes fans, meet our 2011 defense. His name is Sean Spence. Named the 2011 Defensive Most Outstanding Player at the annual awards banquet, Spence played and started in 11 games in 2011. Sean led the team and tied for 5th in the ACC with 106 tackles, finishing his career at UM with 47 tackles for a loss (including 14 this season), which ranked 2nd among active NCAA players. Spence recorded a season-high 14 tackles in 3 games (KState, UNC, and BC), led the team with 10 tackles against then-No. 21 GA Tech, and recorded 13 tackles and 2 tackles for a loss against then-No. 21 VA Tech. Spence was named ACC Linebacker of the Week three times this season, was a Butkus semi-finalist, and was named to the All-ACC First Team. Sean, we will miss you dearly but I look forward to following your long and prosperous career in the NFL.
Preseason EOTH Top 25 Rank: 1
Top 25 Change: No change.
The Pre-Season Top 25:
(25) Jermaine Johnson, (24) Tommy Streeter, (23) Malcolm Bunche, (22) Jordan Futch, (21) Brandon Linder, (20) Marcus Robinson, (19) Curtis Porter, (18) Asante Cleveland, (17) Stephen Morris, (16) Ramon Buchanon, (15) Adewale Ojomo, (14) Tyler Horn, (13) Micanor Regis, (12) Vaughn Telemaque, (11) Jacory Harris, (10) Laron Byrd, (9) Mike James, (8) Olivier Vernon, (7) Ray Ray Armstrong, (6) Seantrel Henderson, (5) Travis Benjamin, (4) Brandon Washington, (3) Lamar Miller, (2) Marcus Forston. Note, the difference between #2 and #3 came down to .05.
Others Receiving Votes:
Brandon McGee, Allen Hurns, Jo Jo Nicolas, Harland Gunn, Andrew Smith, Aldarius Johnson, Jimmy Gaines, Kelvin Cain, Chase Ford
The Post-Season Top 25:
(25) Eduardo Clements, (24) Phillip Dorsett, (23) Clive Walford, (22) Andrew Smith, (21) Micanor Regis, (20) Jake Wieclaw, (19) Jo Jo Nicolas, (18) Joel Figueroa, (17) Seantrel Henderson, (16) Allen Hurns, (15) Denzel Perryman, (14) Ray Ray Armstrong, (13) Olivier Vernon, (12) Marcus Robinson, (11) Mike James, (10) Vaughn Telemaque, (9) Tyler Horn, (8) Anthony Chickillo, (7) Adewale Ojomo, (6) Brandon Washington, (5) Travis Benjamin.
Others Receiving Votes:
Frankly, we had a hard enough time ranking 25 players post-season.