Returning To Miami: Top Three Offensive Players
By Thomas Delves
Miami's offense was a complete train wreck. At times during the season, the playbook was reduced down to a high school offense. Former head coach Don Treadwell had no faith in any of his quarterbacks to throw downfield, which led to less than 125 passing yards per game (121st in the country). Unafraid of getting beaten downfield, opposing defenses keyed on the Redhawks' running backs. Miami averaged less than 100 rushing yards and only scored five touchdowns on the ground.
Overall, this offense was miserable.
Things do look better for the Redhawks offense in 2014. New head coach Chuck Martin and Notre Dame quarterback transfer Andrew Hendrix should be able to change the cards, but the Redhawks will need the help of these three returning players to be successful in 2014.
Scott needs to be the go-to-guy in this offense. He lead the team in receptions (28), yards (425) and receiving average (15.2) last season and that was with a limited passing game. Scott should be able to spread out some defenses with his speed and athleticism. Going into his senior year, he needs to be a leader on the offense and show the younger wide receivers how to be effective. Look for Scott to be a possession receiver with big-play capability.
Every No. 1 receiver needs a partner in crime. That's Frazier. If Scott is the fastest guy on the team, Frazier is the second-fastest. He was runner-up to Scott in almost every receiving category (tied in receptions with Scott) and also will benefit from having Hendrix under center. If Frazier can stay healthily, this will be his breakout season. He plays a big part in the return game for Miami and will be the deep threat in the offense. Durability is going to be his biggest problem, and learning new touchdown celebrations.
The Offensive Line
I know this is not one player in particular, but the five starters will need vast improvement from last year to have a chance at something that resembles an offense. It is great to have skilled wide receivers, but if the quarterback is on the ground, it doesn't do much good. Zach Lewis, Marcus Matthews and Jeff Tanner will need to lock things down up front. All three have game experience and will need to work well as a unit to let the skill guys do their thing. Defenses sacked Miami quarterbacks 50 times last season (third-worst in the country). This needs to be the biggest improvement in 2014.