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1983 Miami Hurricanes football
National Champions
Orange Bowl, W, 31-30 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceNCAA Division I-A independent schools
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1983 record11-1 ( Independent)
Head coachHoward Schnellenberger
Offensive coordinatorGary Stevens
Offensive schemePro Style
Defensive coordinatorTom Olivadotti
Base defense5-2
Home stadiumMiami Orange Bowl
(Capacity: 75,500)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Miami           11 1 0
Virginia Tech           9 2 0
No. 19 Boston College           9 3 0
No. 16 West Virginia           9 3 0
No. 20 East Carolina           8 3 0
No. 18 Pittsburgh           8 3 1
Penn State           8 4 1
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Memphis           6 4 1
Florida State           8 4 0
Notre Dame           7 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
William & Mary           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 6 0
Cincinnati           4 6 1
Southwestern Louisiana           4 6 0
Temple           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Louisville           3 8 0
Navy           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Rutgers           3 8 0
Army           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983 Miami Hurricanes were declared the national champions of the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season. The national championship was the first of five won by the University of Miami.

Starting lineupEdit

OffenseEdit

Position Name
QB Bernie Kosar
FB Albert Bentley
HB Keith Griffin
TE Glenn Dennison
WR Eddie Brown
WR Stanley Shakespeare
OT Paul Bertucelli
OG Juan Comendeiro
C Ian Sinclair
OG Alvin Ward
OT Dave Heffernan

DefenseEdit

Position Name
DE Danny Brown
RDT Kevin Fagan
MG Tony Fitzpatrick
LDT Fred Robinson
DE Julio Cortes
LB Jay Brophy
LB Ken Sisk
SC Rodney Bellinger
QC Reggie Sutton
ROV Kenny Calhoun
FS Troy White

Special teamsEdit

Position Name
K Jeff Davis
P Rick Tuten
KR Reggie Sutton
PR Eddie Brown

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Years at UM
Howard Schnellenberger Head Coach 5th
Tom Olivadotti Defensive Coordinator 4th
Gary Stevens Offensive Coordinator 4th
Hubbard Alexander Tight Ends 5th
Harold Allen Defensive Line 19th
Mike Archer Defensive Backs 8th
Joe Brodsky Running Backs 5th
Marc Trestman Quarterbacks 3rd
Bill Trout Defensive Ends 8th
Chris Vagotis Offensive Line 4th
Mike Rodriguez Volunteer Assistant 5th

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 at Florida Florida FieldGainesville, FL (Seminole War Canoe) L 3–28   73,907
September 10 at Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX W 29–7   25,000
September 17 Purdue Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL W 35–0   37,150
September 24 #13 Notre Dame Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL W 20–0   52,480
October 1 at Duke #15 Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC W 56–17   28,750
October 8 Louisville #12 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL W 42–14   30,073
October 15 at Mississippi State #10 Scott FieldStarkville, MS W 31–7   29,456
October 22† Cincinnati #8 Riverfront StadiumCincinnati, OH W 17–7   14,163
October 29† #12 West Virginia #7 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL W 20–3   63,881
November 5 East Carolina #5 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL W 12–7   39,225
November 12 at Florida State #6 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL (Florida State–Miami rivalry) W 17–16   57,333
January 1 vs. #1 Nebraska #5 Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 31–30   72,596
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Awards and honorsEdit

All-AmericansEdit

  • Jay Brophy, LB

Jack Harding University of Miami MVP AwardEdit

  • Glenn Dennison, TE

TriviaEdit

  • The 1983 Miami Hurricanes were only the second national champion to gain more yards passing than rushing.[1]
  • The latest team (of four total in NCAA history) to win the National Championship after losing its opening game

ReferencesEdit

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