Miami RedHawks (0-0, 0-0 MAC)
vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (0-0, 0-0 C-USA)
Game 1: Sat., Aug. 30 • 3:30 p.m.
Yager Stadium (24,286)
Series vs. Marshall: Miami Leads 30-11-1
Series Streak: Marshall - 2
Last Meeting: Aug. 31, 2013 (Marshall 52-14)
Television: ESPN3 • Shawn Kenney (PxP) and Rocky Boiman (Analyst)
Radio: Miami Sports Network • Steve Baker (PxP), Tim Bray (Analyst), Terry Bridge (sideline)
Live Stats: www.muredhawks.com
Miami Quick Hits
• The Miami University football team is in its 126th season of football and has an all-time record of 668-422-44 (.608).
• Miami finished the 2013 season with an 0-12 record, the first time that has happened in school history.
• In comes new head coach Chuck Martin. Martin spent the past four seasons at Notre Dame and was 74-7 as a head coach for Grand Valley State University from 2004-09.
• Martin brought nine new assistant coaches with him.
• The head coach also added three transfers from Notre Dame that can all play right away. Coming from South Bend are quarterback Andrew Hendrix, defensive back Lo Wood and tight end Alex Welch.
• Miami returns 12 starters from last season. Five return on offense, six on defense and one on special teams.
• The RedHawks own an all-time series record of 30-11-1 versus the Thundering Herd, despite last season’s 52-14 loss in Huntington, West Virginia.
• Miami is 16-4-1 all-time versus Marshall in Oxford, Ohio. The RedHawks’ last loss at home against the Thundering Herd was on November 10, 2001 (27-21)
• Miami is 88-30-4 all-time in home openers and is 15-16-0 in home openers inside Yager Stadium.
Need To Know
• Miami football ranks first all-time in the Mid-American Conference in wins (668), MAC Championships (15), bowl appearances (10) and bowl wins (7).
• In 126 years of Miami football, the RedHawks have had just 31 losing seasons. Since joining the MAC in 1948 (66 years) Miami has had just 14 losing seasons.
• Since 2006 it has been a different story. Miami has had losing seasons in seven of the last eight years, which includes just one MAC Championship (2010).
• The RedHawks have lost 16 straight contests dating back to 2012. Miami’s last win was Oct. 27, 2012 at home versus Ohio (23-20).
• Miami averaged 9.8 points and 225.8 yards per game last season, which ranked 122nd nationally. Defensively the RedHawks ranked 106th in scoring defense (35.7) and 113th in total defense (484.2).
• Head coach Chuck Martin, who earned that title on Dec. 3, 2013, brings an impressive resume to Oxford, Ohio. Not only was he 74-7 in six years at Grand Valley State (2004-09), he has coached in seven national championship games in the past 13 seasons. He has twice been named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Coach of the Year and has been a coordinator on both sides of the ball.
• As mentioned before, Martin brought in nine new assistant coaches with him, four of which coached with him during his time at Grand Valley State: Matt Pawlowski (Defensive Coordinator), Eric Koehler (Co-Offensive Coordinator/QB), George Barnett (Co-Offensive Coordinator/OL) and Bill Brechin (Wide Receivers). Pat Welsh (Tight Ends) played for Coach Martin at GVSU.
• The three players joining Coach Martin from Notre Dame are Andrew Hendrix (QB), Lo Wood (DB) and Alex Welch (TE), all fifth-year seniors and expected to play a major role with the RedHawks this season. Both Hendrix (Moeller High School) and Welch (Elder High School) are local to the Oxford area.
• Another new addition did not have to change locations, just sports. Fifth-year senior Quinten Rollins played four season with the RedHawks’ basketball team, finishing his career second at Miami and 12th all-time in the MAC in steals (214). The new cornerback played in 116 career games on the hardwood.
As stated before, Miami returns five players on offense, six on defense and one on special teams. Offensively, Brandyn Cook (OL), David Frazier (WR), Zach Lewis (OL), Dawan Scott (WR) and Jeff Tanner (OL) return.
What is Lost?
Notable players on offense that graduated are Austin Boucher (QB) and Steve Marck (TE). Defensively, Miami said goodbye to Wes Williams (DE), Austin Brown (DT), Chris Wade (LB) and Dayonne Nunley (CB).
RedHawks Picked to Finish Sixth in East
The Mid-American Conference announced its preseason media poll back at its annual media day on July 23, 2014. Miami was picked to finish sixth in the East Division behind Bowling Green (144 points), Akron (114 points), Ohio (107 points), Buffalo (87 points) and Kent State (72 points). The RedHawks were picked ahead of UMass (23 points). Toledo was picked to win the West Division with 114 points.
Six RedHawks Named Preseason All-MAC
Phil Steele and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview named six RedHawks to its preseason All-MAC team, announced on June 2. Bryson Albright (third-team), Fred McRae (third-team), Andrew Hendrix (fourth-team), Alex Welch (fourth-team), Zach Lewis (fourth-team) and Kent Kern (fourth-team) were named to the team.
Last Hendrix Start
When Andrew Hendrix opens the game versus Marshall it will be his first career start as a college quarterback. In fact, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native has not started a game since his senior season in high school, back in 2009. Hendrix spent four seasons with Notre Dame, completing 25-of-58 passes for 360 yards and one touchdown. He added 229 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Luck of the Irish
Andrew Hendrix is not the only player to join head coach Chuck Martin in the move to Oxford, Ohio. Also making the trip were Alex Welch and Lo Wood. Welch, a tight end, caught just one pass during his Notre Dame career, but saw action in 22 contests. Wood, a defensive back, finished his Notre Dame career with 19 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one interception that he returned for a 57-yard touchdown versus Maryland in 2013
Rollins Moves From Hardwood to Turf
Quinten Rollins joined the Miami football program this spring following a four-year career with the Miami basketball program. Rollins, who is expected to start at cornerback for the RedHawks, accomplished these feats on the hardwood:
• Finished his career ranked second at Miami and 12th in MAC history in steals (214).
• One of only 15 players in MAC history to reach 200 steals.
• Ranked fourth all-time at Miami in assists (391), seventh in games started (106) and ninth in minutes played (3,448).
• Played in 116 career games.
Spencer Treadwell must still be having mixed emotions on what has happened at Miami over the past nine months. At this time last season Spencer was being coached by his father, Don Treadwell, who was beginning his third year as the RedHawks’ head coach. Don is now serving as the running backs coach at Kent State, the same position Spencer plays here at Miami.
Gearing to Miss Season
Miami’s starting quarterback from last season will miss the entire 2014 season with an injury. Austin Gearing, who started Miami’s final four games of the 2013 campaign, finished the year 24-of-54 passing for 188 yards and added 478 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Gearing led Miami in rushing yards last season.
Bryson Albright leads a young group up front along the defensive line. The junior had 5.0 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss last season to lead the team. His best game last season came against the eventual MAC Champions, Bowling Green, when he recorded seven tackles and three sacks in the loss.
No More Streaking
When Miami kicks off the 2014 season it will be without starting safety Brison Burris due to injury. Burris had 75 tackles last season while making 12 starts. The junior has started 23 straight games in his career, the longest active streak on the team. Only Zach Lewis (28) and Dawan Scott (24) have started more games for the RedHawks.
Middle Linebacker Machine
Kent Kern begins his second year as a full-time starter at middle linebacker for the Miami defense. Kern, who earned second-team All-MAC last year, led the RedHawks with 98 tackles, despite missing one game due to injury. He had five games last season in which he recorded double-digit tackles, including a 15-stop performance versus Cincinnati.
Moving on Back
Hard to find a player on the Miami RedHawks that has had a bigger change than Joe Donlan. Donlan began the 2013 season as a linebacker, but was moved to tight end midway through the season, seeing several snaps on that side of the ball. This year, Donlan is back on the defensive side of the ball, practicing with the first-team defense at outside linebacker.
Travis Prentice’s #41 to Be Retired
Travis Prentice (1996-99), will become the fourth RedHawk to have his football jersey retired. Prentice’s #41 will join Ben Roethlisberger’s #7, Bob Hitchens’ #40 and John Pont’s #42 just below the south scoreboard inside Yager Stadium. Prentice will have his jersey retired at halftime versus Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 6, 2014.
At the completion of his Miami career, the Louisville, Ky., native owned 35 career and single season Miami records. Prentice would rank first in rushing yards (5,596), rushing attempts (1,138), scoring (468), touchdowns (78) and all-purpose yards (6,118) to go along with many other Miami records. Still to this day, his 5,596 rushing yards rank sixth all-time in NCAA history, behind Ron Dayne (6,397), Ricky Williams (6,279), Tony Dorsett (6,082), DeAngelo Williams (6,026) and Charles White (5,598).
“Touchdown Travis” was a three-time first-team All-MAC performer that played in 44 career games (33 starts), finishing with 73 rushing touchdowns, second-most in NCAA history behind Monte Balls’ 77. Despite his 1,138 rushing attempts, the three-time Doak Walker semifinalist lost just two fumbles in his RedHawk career. From Nov. 2, 1996 to Oct. 9, 1999, Prentice recorded 862 consecutive rushing attempts without losing a fumble, which still stands as an NCAA record today.
If You Build It...
Miami’s Athletic Director, David Sayler, has been busy in his first 20 months, adding several facilities for the department. The newest installment can be seen just north of Yager Stadium. The new Indoor Sports Center will serve as the indoor practice facility for a majority of Miami’s sports teams, including football. Installation is expected to be complete by Christmas.
Other facilities in the works/complete are the new weight room at Steve Cady Arena for the ice hockey team (complete), the baseball Legacy Project (has begun) and Millett Hall renovations (almost complete) for basketball and volleyball.
‘Lil John Harbaugh
Miami added its ninth member to the Cradle of Coaches Plaza (south endzone) back in April after John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens won his first superbowl. To celebrate the incredible feat, Miami Athletics created a miniature John Harbaugh statue that was given to all season ticket holders for the 2014 football season.