September 6, 2007

Breaking down Miami-Ohio

Quarterback Adam Weber is hoping for a better start and a different outcome when he leads his team on the field Saturday against Miami-Ohio. In many ways this week's game looks eerily similar to the Bowling Green game, a historically strong MAC team looking to rebound from a disappointing 2006 campaign. Miami has several starters back at key positions and is coming off a hard fought come from behind win over Ball State.

Offensively Miami is a much more balance offense than Minnesota faced in week one. Their base offensive package does include three receiver and a tight end, the Red Hawks are much more likely to run than Bowling Green was last week.

Senior quarterback Mike Kokal had a good year in his first year starting in 2006. He threw for over 2,400 yards last season and was 19th in the country in total yards per game averaging 245.1. His statistics from last Saturday's game do not jump out as being outstanding, with only 118 passing yards, he also threw two interceptions. He added 45 yards on the ground.

Senior running back Brandon Murphy appears to be back to his 2005 form was he was named second team All-MAC. He was slowed last year by a nagging ankle injury. He was the key to Miami's comeback on Saturday carrying the ball 19 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns, including one with 17 seconds left in the game to steal the victory.

The running game was the key to Saturday's victory for Miami, so no receivers really stood out. Sophomore Dustin Woods, a big play threat who averaged over 20 yards per catch in 2006, led the team with five catches, but only totaled 46 yards. Freshman Armand Robinson had a nice debut for the Red Hawks, catching four passes for 33 yards.

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