The “U” providing motivation to alumni?

Written by Will Spencer on September 21, 2009

With big wins against Florida State and Georgia Tech, the Miami Hurricanes are on quite a roll. Could their new-found confidence be providing alumni of “The U” with motivation to perform on Sunday? If today was any indication, Reggie Wayne is bound to have a huge Monday night. Here’s a look at some top NFL performers who went to the school known as “The U.”

Andre Johnson – WR – Houston Texans
Johnson had a huge day against the Tennessee Titans, finishing with 10 catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns…including a 72 yarder.

Frank Gore – RB – San Fransisco 49ers
Another gigantic performance by a former Hurricane. Gore, or “The Inconvenient Truth,” as Rich Eisen prefers, ran the ball 16 times for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns (79 and 80). Gore also provided 39 receiving yards in the 49ers victory.

Willis McGahee – RB – Baltimore Ravens
McGahee reportedly came into training camp this year in great shape. So far this season, it’s shown. McGahee continued to impress rushing 15 times for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead Baltimore over San Diego.

Antrell Rolle – CB – Arizona Cardinals
While Rolle didn’t have a notable day playing defensive back, he did return a blocked punt 83 yards for a touchdown against the Jaguars.

Kenny Phillips – S – New York Giants
Phillips had an outstanding game against the Dallas Cowboys, recording 5 tackles and two interceptions. One of Phillips interceptions came off the heel of Jason Witten and was returned for a touchdown. The problem is, the refs called it an incomplete pass and blew the whistle. Upon review, the pick counted, but the touchdown didn’t. The Giants won with a last minute field goal.

Ray Lewis – LB – Baltimore Ravens
The second Ravens player on our list, Ray Lewis may have had two of the most important plays of the game against San Diego. First, Lewis blitzed and pressured San Diego QB Philip Rivers, causing an interception. Second, on a 4th and short in the final minutes of the game, the Chargers tried to send Darren Sproles up the middle. Lewis sniffed the play out, tackling Sproles in the backfield as soon as he got the handoff. Ray finished the game with 10 tackles and a forced fumble.

Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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