Miami football top 10 scariest defensive players of all time

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9. Micheal Barrow, LB, 1989-92

Barrow had one of the most iconic tackles in the history of the Miami football program. On an attempted screen to Florida State wide receiver Tamarick Vanover, Barrow timed his tackle perfectly and separated the Seminoles’ star from the ball, causing an incomplete pass. Barrow served notice to Vanover.

In a nationally televised game that was must-see television for college football fans in the early nineties, future opponents knew what could happen if they attempted to come across the middle versus Barrow. That 1992 Miami defense was fifth nationally, allowing 13.4 points per game.

Barrow was on the 1989 and 1991 Miami national championship teams. In 1992, Barrow was named an All-American. Miami finished the 1992 regular season undefeated for the fourth time in seven years. Barrow was a part of arguably the greatest linebacking corps in school history, with Jessie Armstead and Darrin Smith.

Barrow finished second in the Butkus Award voting behind Marvin Jones of Florida State in 1992, and was seventh in the Heisman Trophy balloting that season. Miami Quarterback Gino Torretta earned the second Heisman Trophy in Miami history in 1992. Barrow had 136 tackles with 80 solos as a Senior in 1992.

Barrow finished his Miami career with 423 career tackles. Only Dan Morgan, George Mira Jr. and Scott Nicolas had more tackles during their Miami football careers than Barrow. Barrow spent 12 seasons in the NFL following his collegiate career. Following retirement, Barrow has coached at Miami and with the Seattle Seahawks.