Miami’s 2012 season was filled with ups and downs. Head coach Al Golden entered his second season at the ‘U’ and was determined more than ever to put Miami back in the national spotlight. Granted, that would not happen in 2012, but there were plenty of moments worthy of our top ten. Let’s have a look.
10. WR Herb Waters Scores 87-yard Touchdown.
In Coral Gables, 2012 marked the year of the freshmen. Freshman WR Herb Waters gave Miami fans a taste of what is to come when he scored on an 87-yard touchdown reception during the ‘Canes 40-9 win over South Florida. The touchdown marked the longest reception in more than five years and Waters finished the game with 130 receiving yards. Not too bad.
9. S Ray-Ray Armstrong Dismissed From Team
Armstrong was supposed to be the next big thing at Miami, but that was anything but the case. Armstrong was suspended the first four games in 2011 for his involvement with former booster Nevin Shapiro. As if that wasn’t enough, Armstrong tweeted pictures of himself at dinner with a friend who works for a public relations company and was suspended another game for doing so. Golden had enough of his antics and dismissed the talented safety from the team.
8. Freshman Duke Johnson Scores On A 95-yard Kickoff Return
RB/KR Duke Johnson became the heart and soul of the Miami Hurricanes in 2012. The freshman running back scored nearly every possible imaginable, even throwing for a touchdown. It was his 95-yard kickoff return against Bethune-Cookman that impressed. Miami fans remain curious as to how much longer the speedster will return kicks now that senior running back Mike James has graduated.
7. Freshman Duke Johnson Scores 1st Miami Rushing Touchdown
What is a list of top moments in 2012 without featuring Duke Johnson at least twice? Johnson scored his first rushing touchdown in a Miami uniform on a 54-yard scamper against Boston College. Johnson continued to impress in 2012, being named ACC Rookie of the Week a total of four times.
6. RB Mike James Scores Game Winner In Overtime
For the fourth straight year, Miami beat Georgia Tech, doing so in 2012 in overtime. Up 19-0 at the end of the first quarter, Miami found themselves down 17 at the end of the third quarter. In a back-and-forth game, Miami managed to send the game into overtime where senior RB Mike James scored the game winner on a 25-yard run cementing Miami’s win.