Three Reasons To Watch Miami Of Ohio
By Thomas Delves
Four coaches in five years, two winning seasons in the last 10 and a grand total of zero wins in 2013. Why on earth would you watch a football team with numbers like these?
It is no secret that Miami University has been dreadful. Bringing in Don Treadwell, an alum of the program, didn't go as planned. Three years of poor recruiting, coaching changes and a new athletic director has left the once noble Redhawks in the cellar. New coach Chuck Martin knows the recent past and certainly knows the proud history. Here are the reasons to watch this unseasoned football team.
The first reason has to be the new coach. Martin has a wide range of coaching experience from being a dominant Division II head coach to leading a Notre Dame offense to the national title game and a 12-0 regular-season record.
Martin is left with a team of mostly underclassmen and untested players. His offense is a zone-read and pro-style mix that is not overly complicated and shouldn't take long for players to adjust to.
When a coach of Martin's caliber comes to town, optimism has to be high. He has won multiple national and conference titles at the D-II level and had a 74-7 record at Grand Valley State.
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The quarterback position was a carousel last season. There was a three-quarterback rotation that contributed to less than 25 percent conversions on third down. The offense was a disaster with no passing game and scored less than 10 points per game.
Andrew Hendrix, a Cincinnati native and Notre Dame transfer, brings a huge upgrade to the quarterback position.
The 6-foot-2, 226-pound quarterback has a big arm and mobility that will be needed with a spotty offensive line. Hendrix was a five-star recruit out of Moeller High School.
Dawan Scott doesn't exactly strike fear in the eyes of cornerbacks when he lines up in front of them. At 6-foot-1, 191 pounds, he doesn't have a noticeable advantage.
The mistake most corners will make when trying to cover Scott is lining up that extra step closer. Scott is fast. Very fast.
By the numbers, his production has gone down. With a career average of a little less than 16 yards per catch, Scott will thrive in Martin's pro-style offense and having a reliable arm to get him the ball. Do not be surprised if Scott carves up MAC secondaries and gets close to his career highs.