93 Days to Miami football: contributors on offense and defense

15 Sep 1990: Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport
15 Sep 1990: Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport /

Defensive tackle Dan Sileo and tight end Randy Bethel were solid contributors to the Miami football program in the 1980s.

The Miami football program rose to elite status with the 1983 National Championship and subsequent titles in 1987, 89, 91 and 2001. The Hurricanes were built with stars players, but hard-working players are what led Miami to become one of the blue-chip programs in college football.

Randy Bethel was a solid contributor at tight end for the Miami football program from 1988-90. In three seasons, Bethel caught 44 passes for 541 yards and 10 touchdowns. One of those TDs came in the 33-25 1990 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama that led to the Hurricanes 1989 National Championship.

Bethel’s best season was as a senior when he recorded 18 receptions for 175 yards and two TDs. Bethel capped his Miami career with a TD reception in the 46-3 1991 Cotton Bowl victory over Texas. Following his career with the Hurricanes Bethel was a selected 251st overall in the 10th round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the N.E. Patriots.

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Bethel’s son Patrick just concluded his Miami football career last season. Patrick was a two-year starter at defensive tackle for Miami. The consistent play by Pat Bethel on the Hurricanes defensive line over the past two years provided Miami with an anchor at defensive tackle.

Dan Sileo transferred to Miami from Cincinnati after beginning his collegiate career at Maryland. Sileo was part of a legendary Miami defensive line with Jerome Brown, Bill Hawkins and Danny Stubbs. In 1986, Sileo led the Miami DL with 97 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and eight fumbles recoveries and added six sacks

The 1986 Miami team went 11-0 in the regular season before suffering a shocking upset loss to Penn State in Miami’s personal house of horrors the Fiesta Bowl. The Hurricanes are 0-4 all-time in Tempe. Of the New Year’s Day six bowl games, the Fiesta Bowl is the only one Miami has failed to win.

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No players are currently on the Miami roster who is assigned the number 93. Defensive ends Elijah Roberts and Quentin Williams have yet to be assigned a number. It is possible that one of them could win up wearing number 93. Next up will be a profile of a pair of 92s anchoring the interior of the Miami defensive line.