College Football Preview: The 2015 Miami (Ohio) Redhawks
Miami (Ohio) Redhawks Preview
2014 Record: 2-10
Chuck Martin and the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks look for consistency from a rebuilt offense to compete in 2015.
Overview: Record wise the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks were a dismal 2-10 a year ago with the offense able to light up the scoreboard at times. The defense wasn’t nearly as capable but with the offense losing many pieces to graduation Chuck Martin has to find a way where both units contribute to stay competitive.
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Offense: The Redhawks need a lot of things to fall right to match their production a season ago and this group might be one where we’ll just have to wait and see how things pan out. QB Andrew Hendrix graduated and takes nearly 3,300 passing yards with him but was less then a 50% passer. Drew Kummer and Austin Gearing are familiar faces that will compete for the open QB job and I mean wide open but Gus Ragland looks like the guy for now. The running game also needs help with Spencer McInnis the only returning back with experience but he averaged under four yards on 64 touches with youngsters Kenny Young and Alonzo Smith getting a look. The receiving corps gets back Rokeem Williams (35-682), Jared Murphy (42-600) and Sam Martin (22-321) so the cupboard is not bare. The line loses three starters but have three back with experience so again there is something to work with.
Defense: The defensive line returns their top four including ends Bryson Albright and J’Terius Jones who combined for almost 85 tackles including 16.5 TFL and eleven sacks. Injuries hurt the secondary a season ago but assuming health is not an issue the back seven have plenty of experience. Six of the eight players that saw action at linebacker in 2014 are back and that does not include OLB Tyler Tucker who missed the entire year. Eight are back in the secondary that played in nine games or more although corner Quinten Rollins and his seven interceptions and nine passes defended won’t be replaced easily. Look for Heath Harding to lead the team in tackles once again after recording 85 in ’14 while S Brison Burris totaled 55 stops in 2013 and returns from injury to give this unit instant experience.
Special Teams: Kaleb Patterson was 9-13 on field goals and 4-4 from 40+ yards so leg strength is not an issue while Christian Koch averaged 40 yards on 65 punts. Fred McRae handled all return duties with a 21 yard average on kick offs and 8.4 yard average on punt returns.
Outlook: If you follow the MAC you can say with a straight face that Miami (Ohio)wasn’t awful a year ago despite their record because they did play some close ones. If they can close out games I could see a few more wins and if not we could copy this preview and use it in 2016.