Vernon Carey '99
Vernon A. Carey is an American football offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins. Vernon lettered in football and basketball while a student at Miami Northwestern. During his junior and senior years as a varsity football player, Vernon did not allow a sack during his junior and senior seasons. He was named as Parade and USA Today first-team All-American pick as a senior. He also earned first team Class 6A All-State honors, and helped the team win the Florida 6A State Championship.
Carey was a four-year letterman at University of Miami from 2000 to 2003. In 1999, Carey was redshirted and was a member of the Hurricanes' scout team.
He played in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2000. As a sophomore, Carey played in every game including one start, when he stepped in for injured left tackle Bryant McKinnie for the season finale against Virginia Tech. He started all 12 games at right offensive tackle as a junior, collecting eight touchdowns—resulting blocks and 79 key blocks (42 pancakes). For his efforts, he was named as a second-team All-Big East Conference selection. He started 11 games as a senior, moving to left guard in spring drills after starting at right tackle as a junior. As a senior, he was named as a third-team All-America choice by the Association Press and College Football News. He also earned second-team All-Big East Conference honors from the media. Carey led the Hurricanes in key blocks (knockdowns/pancakes) as both a junior and senior.