COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: MIAMI OH
July 13, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
The RedHawks go into the 2012 season hoping to find enough of a running game to balance the prolific passing attack led by fifth-year senior quarterback Zac Dysert. Five different players started at tailback last season, and none of them clicked, leaving Miami with a rushing game that ranked last in the nation. As a result, opposing defenses were able to tee off on Dysert and the RedHawks allowed more sacks than any other team in the conference. Three starters are back on the offensive line — but that might not be a good thing.
When Dysert has time, he has the luxury of targeting electrifying junior wide receiver Nick Harwell, who can stretch the field as well as any pass-catcher in the country. Last season, Harwell ranked second in the nation with 129.6 receiving yards per game. Fifth-year senior Andy Cruse gives Dysert a dependable possession receiver.
Second-year coach Don Treadwell, a former Miami wide receiver, is hoping that a year of exposure to new systems will help the RedHawks be more effective. Moving senior Matt Kennedy from tackle to tight end also might help.