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Miami (Ohio) Redhawks 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

2015 Record 3-9

Miami (Ohio) Redhawks 2016 Preview

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The Miami (Ohio) Redhawks look to make a move up the MAC standings in 2016.

Overview: The Miami (Ohio) Redhawks are hoping that a young team a season ago has enough of that all important quality known as experience to help them improve on a 3-9 record. HC Chuck Martin has recruited well as he looks to build depth and produce a team that has a consistent chance of winning games.

Miami (Ohio) Redhawks 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Offense: If the Redhawks offense is to become consistent the passing of quarterback Billy Bahl has to be better then 44.5% for 1,409 yards and that includes improving his 8/13 TD/INT ratio especially with Drew Kimmer graduating with almost 900 passing yards going with him. Gus Ragland is an option under center for Miami (Ohio) but he was the runner of the pair with 338 yards on 56 totes for a nice six yard average but he threw just 30 times. The receiving corps returns just about everyone that caught a pass with the trio of Rokeem Williams (33-543), Sam Martin (29-542) and Jared Murphy (29-439) leading the Redhawks. The Miami (Ohio) rushing attack was four yards per touch and not explosive with Alonzo Smith giving the team almost 500 yards with Kenny Young (66-284) adding some depth. The O-Line has three starters back and seven overall with starts under their belts to give the Redhawks some stability.

Defense: Miami (Ohio) was an improved squad defensively and have four of their top D-line back and five that played in 12 games. DE Bryson Albright and his 12.5 TFL will be missed but DE JT Jones recorded 12.5 TFL led the line with nine sacks and NT Ikeem Allen (8.5 TFL-4.5 S) bring experience and production to build around. The key loss at linebacker is Kent Kerns and his 12 TFL but three of the top four return so there are pieces to lean on. The Miami (Ohio) secondary improved late in the season and saw ten players receive time and eight return so it’s reasonable to assume that the progress continues with another year of experience for this unit that will lean on corner Heath Harding who missed 2015 after totaling 85.5 stops in 2014.

Special Teams: The Redhawks need a punter, kicker and PK and Nick Dowd is the only guy that attempted a field goal aside from departed Kaleb Patterson. Maurice Thomas will be the KR man while Jared Murphy and Fred McRae IV will bring back punts.

Outlook: I think the Redhawks offense needs to decide where their strength is; running or passing and go with it and try to survive a tough early slate. I like the way Martin is recruiting and another win or two wouldn’t surprise me but reaching Bowl eligibility is a stretch although opponents would be wise to take Miami (Ohio) very seriously.

Schedule:

9/3                Iowa

9/10               Eastern Illinois

9/17               Western Kentucky

9/24               @ Cincinnati

10/1               Ohio

10/8               @ Akron

10/15             Kent State

10/22             @ Bowling Green

10/29             @ Eastern Michigan

11/4               Central Michigan

11/12             @ Buffalo

11/22             Ball State

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