Saturday, August 21, 2010
MAC 2010-Miami (Ohio) Redhawks
2009 Record: 1-11 (1-7)
Head Coach: Mike Hayward (2nd season, 1-11)
Offensive Coordinator: Morris Watts (1st season)
Defensive Coordinator: Carl Reese (2nd season)
2009 Bowl Game: Not since 2004...seems strange
Offense: Run, run, run...that's what Mike Heywood is angling to do in 2010. The good news is that the entire offense returns, and three of those players (LT Brandon Brooks, LG bob Gulley, and RG Nate Williams) are seniors. Zac Dysert scored 17 of the team's 25 TDs a season ago, but will be asked to just get the ball into the hands of the backs and cut down on any mistakes he made as a freshman last season. Thomas Merriweather is the starting RB, but needs to be more aggressive in the red zone, and he needs toshow that he can score against the big boys. Armand Robinson is the lone returning starter at WR, but Jamal Rogers was second on the team inreceptions last season coming off of the bench. Eugene Harris will be a third receiver.Freshman Nicholas Harwell is a very promising receiver as well. TE Kendrick Bruton will add another solid set of hands to the passing game and may sometimes line up away from the line as a slot receiver or H-Back.
Defense: The Redhawks were very strong against the pass, allowing only 190.4 yards per game last season. However, Miami could not stop the run, especially against spread attacks, which are prominant in the MAC. Austin Brown and Mike Johns return at DT, but both DEs will be new in 2010. Jerell Wedge had 114 tackles at LB last season, and is back to run the show. Evan Harris and DeAndre Gilmore return at LB as well. Brandon Stephens will return at CB, next to new starter DJ Brown. Both SS Jordan Safford and FS Anthony Kokal look to start again.
Special Teams: Trevor Cook never really got inot a good groove in 2009, epecially after having missed the 2008 season. Jim Broadway is not going to wow anyone at punter either.
Wins: 9/11 Eastern Michigan
Toss Up Games: 9/18 Colorado State, 10/2 Kent State, 10/30 @ Buffalo, 11/17 @ Akron
Losses: 9/4 @ Florida, 9/25 @ Missouri, 10/2 @ Cincinnati, 10/16 @ Central Michigan, 10/23 Ohio, 11/10 @ Bowling Green, 11/23 Temple
The schedule is very tough, but does not include a Big 10 opponent, which is rare for Miami. The Redhawks are playing three very good BCS opponents this season, so look for some ugly losses.
Outlook: The building will continue in 2010, and the Redhawks will take some lumps. Real progress probably will not start to show until 2011.