College Football Countdown: No. 96 Danny Stubbs

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The U founded much of its tradition in the 1980s through the 2000s on outstanding defensive line play. Danny Stubbs set the precedent for Hurricanes to follow like Warren Sapp, Jerome McDougle and Dwayne Johnson with his intimidating presence and unrelenting activity.

Danny Stubbs represents Day 96 on the CFB Huddle College Football Countdown 2016, edging fellow Miami Hurricane product Cortez Kennedy, who also wore the No. 96.

 

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL COUNTDOWN: NO. 96 DANNY STUBBS, DE, MIAMI

Danny Stubbs left Miami one of its most celebrated players ever. In his own time, however, he may have been overlooked, as one opponent described in 1986.

“The one thing I remember most is that everyone was talking about Jerome Brown and [George] Mira,” former Florida quarterback Kerwin Bell told the Sun-Sentinel. “But the man who made their defense, the most dominating force on their defense, was Stubbs.”

Stubbs was a wrecking machine that 1986 campaign, tearing off 17 sacks. That would have led the nation in 2015. His ’86 season set the pace for a career with 39.5 sacks, Miami’s all-time record.

No one should be surprised The U’s all-time sack leader is a University of Miami Hall of Fame inductee.

Everyone should be a bit shocked to learn the top pass-rusher in the illustrious history of Hurricane football isn’t in the College Football Hall of Fame.

His exclusion from the collegiate version of the Hall of Fame ranks among the more egregious, but has seemingly fallen through the cracks. He came from the same era as Brian Bosworth, for example; played for a similarly notorious program and head coach; and Stubbs was no less dominant.

Statistically, Danny Stubbs’ 1986 stacks up with Brian Bosworth’s All-American seasons of ’85 and ’86, and Stubbs earned consensus All-American recognition of his own in 1987. But Bosworth’s longtime exclusion generated yearly controversy until his induction in 2015. That’s nary a peep about Stubbs.

It’s certainly not a Miami thing keeping Stubbs out of the College Football Hall. His coach, Jimmy Johnson, was inducted in 2012. Russell Maryland succeeded Stubbs on the Hurricanes defensive line in the late ’80s, and became a member of the Hall of the Fame in 2011.

Danny Stubbs is simply overlooked. That’s something of a theme in his career; Kerwin Bell detailed it in the quote above, and a 1995 comment from Eagles coach Ray Rhodes that depicted Philly’s defensive line as carrying “a truck driver and liquor store clerk” completely neglected Stubbs’ business success.

The time to recognize Stubbs is here. He played an integral role in the Hurricanes winning their second national championship of the ’80s, which solidified Miami as The U. He relished getting his degree, as described to HurricaneSports.com in 2003.

You don’t realize how great it is to be in an academic environment, and even better, a private university setting. I look at the costs of going to school and the cost of providing the services and programs-the tutoring, the academic counseling and support, the whole infrastructure in place-and I can’t imagine how an athlete coming here could ever not earn their degree.

His accomplishments scream Hall of Fame. That can’t be overlooked much longer.