This past decade ended in a disappointing fashion for the Miami Hurricanes as the team was shut out by Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl days before the start of 2020. Miami's decade prior to that point was similarly filled with ups and downs.
The Hurricanes started the 2010s with Randy Shannon as head coach. From there, the program ran through four coaches in charge as Al Golden, Mark Richt, and Manny Diaz all had their chance to lead the Canes. Two of their best seasons came under Richt, including their magical 2017 season when Miami won the ACC Coastal for the first time and lost to Clemson in the conference championship game.
Here's a list of the best players for the Hurricanes during the last decade.
QB: Brad Kaaya (2014-16)
RB: Duke Johnson (2012-14)
RB: Lamar Miller (2010-12)
AP: Mark Walton (2016-18)
WR: Stacy Coley (2013-16)
WR: Allen Hurns (2010-13)
WR: Phillip Dorsett II (2011-14)
TE: David Njoku (2015-16)
C: Shane McDermott (2010-14)
OL: Jon Feliciano (2010-14)
OL: Brandon Linder (2010-13)
OL: Danny Isidora (2013-16)
OL: Ereck Flowers (2012-14)
DL: Joe Jackson (2016-18)
DL: Gerald Willis III (2016-18)
DL: RJ McIntosh (2015-17)
DL: Gregory Rousseau (2019-present)
LB: Denzel Perryman (2011-14)
LB: Shaquille Quarterman (2016-19)
LB: Sean Spence (2008-2011)
CB: Artie Burns (2013-15)
CB: Corn Elder (2013-16)
S: Deon Bush (2012-15)
S: Jaquan Johnson (2015-18)
K: Michael Badgley (2014-17)
P: Pat O'Donnell (2013)
RS: Corn Elder (2013-16)
Toughest Position: Defensive Line
The Hurricanes' defensive line provided the toughest choices out of any group by far. They're a number of worthy players who could have made the list including Kendrick Norton, Allen Bailey, and Jonathan Garvin. But it was difficult to not go with Rousseau, Willis, McIntosh, and Jackson.
Weakest Position: Offensive Line
The offensive line has been a problem for the Hurricanes for years. The four players that ultimately made it stood out among the rest. Seantrel Henderson, who has made his round in the NFL, had a case to make the list, but that's probably about it.
Key Stat: Duke Johnson's Career
Lamar Miller had an outstanding career as a Hurricane, but Duke Johnson was arguably the university's best player during the 2010s. In just three seasons, Johnson rushed for 3,519 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also caught 69 receptions for 719 yards and four touchdowns for the Hurricanes.
— Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams. Staley has written for Bleacher Report, the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post and is a reporter for Pro Player Insiders. Follow him on Twitter @antwanstaley.