94 Days to Miami football: DE Greg Mark sackmaster

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Mandatory Credit: Allen Steele /Allsport /

Greg Mark was a stalwart at defensive end for the Miami football team from 1986-89. Mark remains second all-time in Hurricanes history with 34.5 sacks behind Daniel Stubbs’ 39.

Greg Mark was an anchor on the defensive line for the Miami football team from 1986-88 and Dennis Erickson in 1989. In the four seasons with Mark recording 34.5 sacks, the Hurricanes were 55-5. Mark grew up in affluent Cherry Hill, New Jersey outside of Philadelphia. Mark won national championships in 1987 and ’89.

Mark was a part of Miami senior class in 1989 that included defensive end Willis Peguese, linebacker Bernard Clark, wide receiver Dale Dawkins and defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy. Consensus First-team All-America honors after registering 15.5 sacks in 1989 capped off Mark’s legendary career.

Mark left Miami with 253 tackles, 95 quarterback pressures and 34.5 sacks in 35 starts. Greg Rousseau had 15.5 sacks as a redshirt freshman in 2019 to equal the number Mark had in 1989 for second in Miami history. Stubbs also holds the Miami season record of 17 set in 1987.

Mark was a third-round pick of the New York Giants in the 1990 NFL Draft. Injuries and position changes from defensive end in college to nose tackle and middle linebacker in the NFL led to Mark playing in only 10 games combined as a rookie with the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles in 1990.

Mark spent time with the Los Angeles Raiders and Cleveland Brown where Bill Bellicheck was in his first position as a head coach before his legendary career with the New England Patriots. Mark retired after a short stint in the NFL and returned to the Miami football program to become a graduate assistant coach.

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Mark was the defensive line coach at Utah State in 1995 before accepting the same position at Miami for the 1996 season. Mark remained in that position until he was part of multiple firings following the 2005 season. Following his legendary career as a Hurricanes player and coach, Mark is the best number 94 in Miami history.