2013 Miami Univ. Preview - Offense
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What You Need To Know: The RedHawk offense didn't explode like it should've, but there's hope for a little bit of an improvement with a good starting 11 helped by veteran Austin Boucher stepping in at quarterback for Zac Dysert. Dawon Scott is one of the MAC's top targets, and Jamire Westbrook is a good running back who'd put up nice numbers if he ever got the ball. The offense is all about the short-range passing game, and it should thrive if the line can improve in pass protection. Once a center is found, the starting five should be fine, but there's no depth whatsoever.
Star of the offense: Senior QB Austin Boucher
Passing: Austin Boucher
7-13, 82 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: Jamire Westbrook
92 carries, 361 yds, 2 TD
Receiving: Dawan Scott
57 catches, 851 yds, 7 TD
Player who has to step up and be a star: Junior OT Zach Lewis
Unsung star on the rise: Junior WR Dawon Scott
Best pro prospect: Scott
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Boucher, 2) Scott, 3) OT Josh Harvey
Strength of the offense: Receivers, Experience
Weakness of the offense: Center, Blocking
The Miami passing attack carries the offense, but it'll be without longtime starter Zac Dysert, an NFL prospect who threw for 3,483 yards and 25 touchdowns. Senior Austin Boucher should be able to handle the workload after stepping in for a banged up Dysert in 2010 and carrying the team to a MAC title and a bowl win completing 64% of his throws for 1,120 yards and six touchdowns with three picks. Unlike Dysert, the 6-1, 216-pound Boucher brings a little bit of mobility to go along with his smart, decisive passing ability and skills that could've taken him to Ohio State. Instead, he followed his twin brother, Collin, a linebacker, to MU. Last year he wasn't needed much completing just 54% of his throws for 82 yards in mop-up time.
It'll be a fight for backup time among a slew of untested prospects led by sophomore Austin Gearing, a top scout teamer with 6-5, 202-pound size and a terrific arm. He's a good enough athlete to not be a statue. Junior Drew Kummer has seen a little bit of time stepping in against Ohio, but he didn't throw a pass. At 6-3 and 219 pounds he has decent size, and after spending last season as the No. 3 option he should move into the backup role.
Watch Out For … Tom Tupa. Yes, the son of that Tom Tupa. The 6-4, 220-pound new recruit has good size, excellent athleticism and all the tools to quickly become a major factor in the backup rotation. Very smart and with a live arm, he could be groomed to take over the starting gig next year.
Strength: Effective passers. Miami always has smart, accurate passers who get to throw and throw and throw some more. The MU offense is geared around the short-to-midrange passing game, and Boucher will get his chances.
Weakness: Backup experience. Boucher's big 2010 seems like a long time ago and he has to get back into the swing of things,
Outlook: Boucher is a good one who'll be more than fine after taking over the full-time role. There isn't anything to count on among the backups, but MU always has smart, effective passers who can step in and produce when needed. This is a quarterback-friendly attack that always puts up nice numbers.
Unit Rating: 6
The running game might be an afterthought for the MU attack, but a nice option emerged last season in sophomore Jamire Westbrook, a speedy 5-9, 214-pound all-around option who led the team with 361 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for 105 yards against UMass and caught 13 passes for 78 yards and two scores on the season, but he wasn't used much and was never a workhorse. However, when he got his chances, he wasn't bad.
5-10, 201-poound junior Spencer Treadwell is a decent No. 2 option finishing with 234 yards and a score with five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. He was mostly used in the easy win over Southern Illinois, getting 73 yards with a touchdown, but he's good enough to handle more of the workload. He'll likely get more work along with junior Robert Williams III, who got in a little bit of work running for 51 yards. "Robo" isn't big, but the 5-9, 198-pounder can move.
Watch Out For … new recruit Falon Lee, a real, live running back who can actually add a little bit of pop to a woeful ground attack. He's only 5-10 and 180 pounds, but he can bring a little bit of pop and he cuts on a dime. The Florida native tore off, 2,100 yards and 25 scores as a senior.
Strength: Quickness. All the backs can catch the ball a bit and can all move when given a chance. The RedHawk backs fit a type, and they're all going to play their role without a problem.
Weakness: The Miami University offense. The backs simply aren't used. It's not necessarily an effectiveness issue, even though the O only averaged 3.1 yards per carry, it's about opportunities. MU only ran 339 times with seven scores.
Outlook: Business as usual. The RedHawks have speedy backs who'll be along for the ride, but they need holes to run through and they have to be at their most effective as complementary parts to the attack.
Unit Rating: 4
Coming into his own is junior Dawan Scott, a 6-1,
173-pound speedster who averaged 14.9 yards per
catch making 57 grabs for 851 yards and seven scores
highlighted by an 11-catch, 208-yard, two score day
against Akron. While he disappeared at times, when
he's targeted he's great at hitting the home run.
He'll stretch the field at the X or MU's F position, while 6-0, 215-pound junior Alvonta Jenkins brings size and physical ability. He only caught three passes for 37 yards, but he'll be expected to do more.
The RedHawks are more than set at tight end with senior Dustin White and Steve Marck returning. The 6-3, 242-pound Marck is more of a receiver, making 27 catches for 299 yards with nice hands and route running ability, while the 6-2, 256-pound White is a bit more of a blocker while catching 12 passes for 88 yards. Also in the mix is sophomore Orlando David, a promising 6-3, 237-pound target who got in a little bit of work making seven catches for 49 yards. While he was used as a short-range target, he can stretch the field a bit more.
Watch Out For … Scott. He wasn't exactly the third wheel, but he was behind Cruse and Harwell as a top target. Now he should be more than just the deep threat and could be a serious threat for a 70-catch season.
Strength: The offense. This is fun for the receivers; they get the ball a lot. The passing game is all about quick-hitters and timing patterns, using the passing game like a running attack, and all the receivers and tight ends get involved.
Weakness: Help from the ground game. Everyone knows what's coming. No one respects the RedHawks on the ground and everyone prepares to blast away on the receivers coming across the middle. The O can bog down at times.
Outlook: As always, the receivers will be everything to the MU attack, and
unfortunately, losing Nick Harwell is a killer. The tight ends should be even more involved and some relatively unused and untested backups have to step up, but the production will be there.
Unit Rating: 5
The MU offensive line always has a nightmare of a time in pass protection for an offense that throws the ball almost 500 times and doesn't get to do much for the ground game. On the plus side, four starters are back on a young line that started three sophomores last season. The one problem area is in the middle at center with Brad Bednar and backup JoJo Williams gone. It's going to take some shuffling to find the right man inside, but the rest of the starting five should be set with 6-5, 355-pound senior Josh Harvey at left tackle and 6-6, 275-pound junior Zach Lewis on the right. Harvey can play just about anywhere up front but settled in at tackle. One of the team's strongest players, he needs to be the rock up front, while Lewis has seen time at both tackle spots and is one of the better pass protectors.
6-3, 310-pound junior Marcus Matthews split time at left guard but could slip over to the left side if needed. 6-4, 289-pound sophomore Trevon Brown who started eight times at right guard with decent size and tackle-like frame; he could kick to the outside if needed.
Watch Out For … the center situation. Everyone is going to get a shot to take over the job. It would be nice if someone else could step up from out of the blue and the other four starters can stay in place and if a new option could emerge. New recruit Randy Heideman is versatile enough to be given a shot, but 6-5, 300-pound Jake Hilvert is a blaster who could find a role out of the box. However, 6-3, 265-pound Nick Walter, while undersized, is a pure center.
Strength: The four returning starters. There's good size, smarts and experience across the starting foursome. Harvey, Lewis, Matthews and Brown all know what they're doing and should form the foundation for the strongest MU line in a long time.
Weakness: Depth. There isn't any. All of last year's top backups are gone, and while John Anevski is coming back from a knee injury and Ryan Callen should get a shot, the backup situation is extremely thin.
Outlook: The MU line doesn't really block anyone as much as it walls off defenders and hopes for the best. After allowing 39 sacks and paving the way for just 1,039 yards, this isn't going to be a productive group. However, the starting five should be solid once a center emerges.
Unit Rating: 4.5
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