Running back Lamar Miller and linebacker Sean Spence were honorable mentions on Sports Illustrated’s annual All-America list.
Miller became the first Hurricanes running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season since Willis McGahee set the school record with 1,753 yards in 2002. Miller’s 1,272 yards were the third-highest single-season total in school history. He averaged 106.0 yards per game, which was 19th in the nation. He scored nine touchdowns on the ground.
It was announced yesterday that Miller would leave his remaining collegiate eligibility on the table and enter the NFL Draft next April. He is currently considered a mid-first to second round prospect, and many consider him the second best running back prospect behind Alabama’s Trent Richardson, who has not yet declared that he will enter the NFL Draft.
Spence led the team with 106 total tackles and 14 tackles for loss. He moved to middle linebacker about midway through the season beginning in the Georgia Tech game, where he continued to excel. Spence was named the team’s defensive MVP at the awards banquet on Saturday.
Linebacker Denzyl Perryman was named a first-team freshman All-American by CBSSports.com and Yahoo! Sports, while defensive end Anthony Chickillo was named a second team freshman All-American by Yahoo! Sports.