June 25, 2012

Check Out My Canes: QB Edition - Toughness and Determination

Brock Berlin

Cards from left to right:  2005 SAGE Hit #37, 2005 Bowman #177 (RC), 2005 Topps #368 (RC)

One of the most hyped quarterbacks ever to come out of high school, Brock Berlin led Evangel Christian Academy to 3 consecutive Louisiana state titles and he earned multiple accolades as a high school senior including being named a Parade All-American and the Gatorade National Player of the Year.  Heavily recruited by most of the major schools in America, Berlin chose to sign on with the Florida Gators in 2000.

Berlin was a member of the Florida Gators for the 2000 and 2001 seasons but he felt he would be unable to receive much playing time while Rex Grossman was ahead of him on the depth chart.  Following the 2001 season, Berlin decided to transfer to Miami and was forced to sit out the 2002 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

With the departure of Ken Dorsey prior to 2003, Berlin had very big shoes to fill as the quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes.  He experienced an up-and-down season in which we saw him falter against Virginia Tech and Tennessee but also emerge victorious against instate rivals Florida and Florida State (twice).  Berlin finished the 2003 season with 2,419 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

Berlin enjoyed a better statistical season in 2004, although the Hurricanes suffered 3 losses that season.  Berlin passed for 2,680 yards with 22 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions for the season.  He engineered a comeback win against Louisville and once again beat his former Gators in the 2004 Peach Bowl.

Brock did not get drafted in the 2005 NFL Draft but he did sign a free-agent contract with the Miami Dolphins prior to the 2005 season.  Brock is currently out of football after being a member of the Dolphins, Cowboys, Rams, and Lions.  He only started 1 game in his NFL career.

Brock Berlin may not be considered the greatest quarterback to don a Hurricanes jersey but he is beloved among Canes nation because he showed toughness and determination especially when the odds seemed stacked against him.  Plus it doesn't hurt when you go 5-0 against the Gators and Seminoles.

Berlin is best remembered for the game he played on September 6th, 2003.  Miami was facing Berlin's former team the Florida Gators in the Orange Bowl.  The Gators held a commanding 33-10 lead with only 6:00 minutes left in the third quarter.  Berlin then helped lead the Canes on 4 touchdown drives to win the game 38-33 for the largest comeback in Miami Hurricanes history.

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