Miami (Ohio) Redhawks
For Miami (Ohio), it wasn’t how you start a season, but how you finish and it wasn’t a pretty sight with the Redhawks dropping six of seven to close 2012. In a nutshell, Miami was a dangerous team, good on offense and lacking on defense so Don Treadwell has to find a happy medium or 2013 will be a case of Deja Vu and that won’t sit well with the fan base.
If this was 2012, throwing the ball was a Miami specialty and they did it quite well, however running the ball was the polar opposite. Miami couldn’t run the ball worth a hoot but they might have a glimmer of hope with top runner Jamire Westbrook back, with Scott Treadwell mixed in. The duo combined for nearly 700 yards on 157 carries, so we are not talking about huge production, just more from a ground game that has some experience and should improve on an abysmal 87 yards per contest a year ago. The defense also has a few players back in key spots, most notably linebacker Chris Wade who paced the defense in tackles. The secondary also sports two top tacklers in Brison Burris and Dayonne Nunley, but that might be the end of the good news.
The bad news is who going to replace Zac Dysert who led the conference with nearly 3,500 passing yards. The next question is who will catch the ball any way with Nick Harwell taking 870 receiving yards to Kansas. Inexperienced Austin Boucher is getting a long look from the coaching staff but there is no way he can fill the shoes of Dysert. Throw in the departure of Harwell and Dawan Scott becomes the instant leader of the receiving corps (57-850). And that experienced group of runners I mentioned, have just a pair of O Linemen back so Treadwell will be spending a few sleepless nights trying to patch things together.
It seems that for every piece of good news, there are two pieces of bad news. I find it hard to believe that the passing attack will be any thing but mediocre, with a rushing game that still might not break 100 yards. If any team needs to find a few gems in the summer, it’s the Redhawks and even if they do, duplicating last season’s four win total is not a sure thing