Michael Pinckney earns honor no Miami Hurricane has since 2004; UM has longest win streak in 15 years

Michael Pinckney (pictured) and fellow linebackers Shaq Quarterman and Zach McCloud have their sights set on winning titles and earning a place among Miami's all-time greats. (Getty Images)
Michael Pinckney, shown during a 2016 game. (Getty Images)

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The Hurricanes haven’t won like this since Brock Berlin was their quarterback. Which is appropriate, since Berlin was the last player to do what Michael Pinckney did this week.

Pinckney, the Hurricanes’ sophomore Will linebacker, earned a Walter Camp Player of the Week award for his work against Syracuse, the team UM beat to improve to 6-0 (4-0 ACC). The Jacksonville-Raines High product had 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, and nine tackles (six solo) in a 27-19 win.

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was the other weekly winner. He led the second-ranked Nittany Lions to a 42-13 win over 19th-ranked Michigan.

Miami carried a 10-game win streak into the Syracuse game, tying a streak the 2003-04 Hurricanes posted with Berlin under center. Berlin earned his Walter Camp award Oct. 23, 2004, after fourth-ranked Miami won 45-31 at North Carolina State.

While we’re looking back:

The Hurricanes’ current 11-game unbeaten streak is the longest since 2000-02, when UM won a program-record 34 games in a row (including the 2002 Rose Bowl, which earned them their fifth national title).

Miami’s current run, which began with a Nov. 5, 2016 win against Pittsburgh, ties single-year streaks in 1983 and 1986 as the fifth-longest in program history.

UM won 29 straight games from 1990-92, took 16 in a row from 1987-88, and 13 from 1988-89.

The Hurricanes (6-0, 4-0 ACC) can make it 12 in a row Saturday at North Carolina (1-7, 0-5). The game is noon on ESPN2.

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