The Miami Hurricanes were on top of the college football world at the turn of the century. But in a few short years, they fell off and had yet to return to dominance until this season. On Tuesday, Miami quarterback Malik Rosier spoke about what’s different with the Hurricanes program and enabled the program to finally get to the ACC Championship.
“This team … we are worried about getting rings more than we are about our NFL draft stock,” he said according to Christopher Stock of InsideTheU.com.
Malik Rosier on changes in program: "I felt a couple years ago more people were worried about going to the NFL & more worried about themselves & how they performed instead of the team…This team…we are worried about getting rings more than we are about our NFL draft stock."
— Christopher Stock (@InsideTheU) November 28, 2017
From 2001-04, Miami produced 19 players that went in the first round of the NFL draft alone. In total, the Hurricanes had 35 NFL draft picks in that 4-year span.
Since then, Miami has continued to produce plenty of NFL caliber players, but they haven’t consistently won since joining the ACC in 2004. Rosier would argue that perhaps recruits began looking at Miami as a stepping stone to the NFL rather than a place to win a national championship.
That’s certainly not the case this year. The Hurricanes won the Coastal division for the first time ever and will aim to win the ACC championship this Saturday against the defending national champion Clemson Tigers. A bid to the College Football Playoffs is likely on the line as well.