60 Days to Miami football: Harry Ghaul multi-dimensional player

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Harry Ghaul was a multi-dimensional player as fullback, punter and kicker and record holder for the Miami football program from 1945-48.

Harry Ghaul played for the Miami football program from 1945-48 as a fullback, punter and kicker. Ghaul averaged 55.3 yards per punt in a game against Ohio in 1946 in a record that still stands. Ghaul was the Miami co-captain as a sophomore. The versatile player is most well known for a play that happened against Florida.

The Gators blocked the Hurricanes’ point after touchdown. Inky Mazekja picked up the blocked PAT out of the air and flipped it to Ghaul while being tackled. Ghaul ran the PAT in for the game-winning point. Ghaul was a multi-sport athlete who also played baseball for Miami. Ghaul held multiple records for Miami.

In addition to the single-game punting record, Ghaul led Miami with 310 yards rushing in 1947, in 1948, Ghaul ran for 175 yards on 25 carries for an average of seven yards per attempt that is still eighth all-time in Miami history, Ghaul scored 13 rushing TDs in 1945 that is fifth in Miami history and has the sixth-longest play.

Ghaul is a Miami football legend that has been lost to the modern era. His versatility was impressive. In the 1947 game against Florida, Ghaul had an 82-yard touchdown run and a 77-yard punt. The versatility that Ghaul had is mostly missing in modern football with the era of the two-way player nearly six decades removed.

Punters and kickers have become specialists in modern football. The closest we see in the current game are players that return kicks and play either offense or defense. In recent years, running back DeeJay Dallas and wide receiver Jeff Thomas were big-play players for Miami on offense and in the return game.

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Dallas and Thomas who left for the NFL following their junior seasons in 2019 had kick returns and multiple TDs from scrimmage during their Miami careers. Harry Ghaul was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1972 and is the best player to wear number 60 in Hurricanes history.