2012 Miami University Redhawks Football Preview
2011 Record: 4-8 (3-5 Mid-American)
Head Coach: Don Treadwell, second season (4-8 all at Miami)
Projected Returning Starters: 18
Spring Game: April 28th
Notes: To say the last three seasons have been tumultuous for Miami would be an understatement. Miami was 1-11 in then-Coach Michael Haywood’s first season. His second season was an eight win improvement, leading to his departure for Pittsburgh. Coach Treadwell tallied four wins in his first season, a five win reduction from 2010. Now, Miami returns the second most starters from last season. Year two under the former Miami University wide receiver should be much better than year one.
BVTSB Take: The Redhawks started the season 0-4, but won four of the next five games. Miami ended the season on a three game losing streak. Miami was 2-4 in games decided by a touchdown or less in 2011 – expect improvement in 2012. The Redhawks were 1-3 in the non-conference games in 2011, losing to Missouri, Minnesota, and Cincinnati, but they did beat Army. Miami faces a tougher non-conference schedule this season, with road games against Ohio State, Boise State, and rival Cincinnati. They will host Southern Illinois. Having conference foes Akron and Buffalo on the road help, while having divisional contenders Ohio University, Kent State, and Ball State at home can’t hurt. Quarterback Zac Dysert should be under center in 2012 – his completion percentage has gotten better each season, while his interceptions have gone down each season. Leading rusher Erik Finklea and two of the top three receivers – Nick Harwell and Dawan Scott – return this season as well. Harwell and Scott combined for 11 of Dysert’s 23 touchdown receptions, while totaling more than 1800 receiving. We like Miami a lot this year – the October 13th meeting at the Doyt against Bowling Green could decide the MAC East title.
2012 Early Projection: 6-6
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