Miami RedHawks (0-1, 0-0 MAC)
vs. Eastern Kentucky Colonels (1-0, 0-0 OVC)
Game 2: Sat., Sept. 6 • 3:30 p.m.
Yager Stadium (24,286)
Series vs. EKU: Miami Leads 2-0-0
Series Streak: Miami - 2
Last Meeting: Sept. 28, 1935 (Miami 33-7)
Television: ESPN3 • Jim Barber (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 668-423-44 (.607).
• Miami is coming off a 42-27 loss at home versus Marshall last week.
• The RedHawks trailed 28-3 at the half, but outscored Marshall 17-0 in the third quarter to get within 28-20. Miami had the ball twice in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie the game.
• Head coach Chuck Martin is in his first year. 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.
• Seven RedHawks made their first career start last Saturday, including three transfers from Notre Dame.
• Miami is 2-0-0 all-time versus Eastern Kentucky. These two teams last played in 1935.
• Saturday’s contest will be Miami’s second straight home game to open a season. The last time Miami opened a year with back-to-back home games was in 1972 versus Dayton and BGSU.
• Miami will be retiring the No. 41 jersey on Saturday in honor of Travis Prentice. Prentice’s No. 41 will be the fourth retired RedHawk jersey. All four will be on display under the south scoreboard.
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 17 straight contests dating back to 2012. Miami’s last win was Oct. 27, 2012 at home versus Ohio (23-20).
• 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.
• 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.
• Seven different RedHawks made their first career start last Saturday. On offense, Collin Buchanan, Orlando David, Andrew Hendrix and Ryan Smith saw their first action for the Red and White, while Joe Donlan, Quinten Rollins and Lo Wood were first-time starters on defense.
About Eastern Kentucky
Eastern Kentucky is coming of a 29-10 win last Thursday at Robert Morris. The Colonels registered 624 yards of total offense, compared to just 250 yards by Robert Morris. A majority of EKU’s yardage came on the ground, totalling 407 yards on 67 rush attempts. Dy’Shawn Mobley led the way with 142 yards on 25 carries. In all, 10 different EKU players recorded a rushing attempt.
Series Versus EKU
Miami is 2-0-0 all-time versus Eastern Kentucky with a 19-0 win in 1934 and a 33-7 win the following year in 1935. The two teams have never played in Oxford, Ohio.
After trailing 28-3 at the half, Miami outscored Marshall 17-0 in the third quarter and twice had the ball in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie the game. The RedHawks struggled in the redzone in the first 30 minutes, twice marching inside the Marshall 5-yardline but scoring just three total points. The Herd finished with 432 yards of offense, compared to Miami’s 418. The RedHawks did a great job of keeping the Marshall offense off the field, dominating the time of possession (34:46).
Not A Bad Debut
For a guy who has not started a game since high school, fifth-year senior quarterback Andrew Hendrix had one of the more impressive debuts in a RedHawk uniform. Hendrix was 24-of-49 passing for 318 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 46 yards on the ground (20 attempts).
Andrew Hendrix nearly surpassed his four-year passing total at Notre Dame in a single afternoon in a RedHawk uniform. From 2010-13 Hendrix completed 25-of-58 passes for 360 yards and one touchdown for the Fighting Irish. He added 229 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Last Saturday he threw for 318 yards and three scores and added 46 yards on the ground versus Marshall.
Notre Dame Combo
Joining Andrew Hendrix on the offensive side of the ball from Notre Dame is tight end Alex Welch. Welch, who caught just one pass in 22 games for the Fighting Irish, finished last Saturday’s game with four catches for 28 yards and a score, the first collegiate touchdown of his career.
Other Career Days
Two other pass catchers had career days for Miami, thanks to Andrew Hendrix’s passing performance. Senior wide receiver David Frazier had six catches for a career-high 109 yards, and sophomore wide receiver Rokeem Williams had career-highs in catches (3), yards (99) and touchdowns (1). Frazier added a 47-yard catch, which matched Miami’s longest pass play in all of 2013.
Middle Linebacker Machine
In his last 12 games, Kent Kern has six double-digit tackle performances, including 13 stops last week versus Marshall. Kern, who was named second-team All-MAC last season led the team with 98 tackles in 2013.
Moving on Back
Hard to find a player on the Miami RedHawks who 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. Versus Marshall, Donlan recorded a career-best seven tackles.
He’s Got Legs
Junior kicker Christian Koch, while officially not credited with a start, did see his first action as a Miami RedHawk versus Marshall and was impressive doing it. The junior averaged 48.8 yards per punt on five total punts, which included a 60-yarder early in the contest.
Junior kicker Kaleb Patterson was perfect last Saturday, connecting on a pair of short field goals (22 and 24 yards). Patterson is 24-of-31 on field goal attempts in his career.
Fred McRae opened his season is a big way. After three straight fair catches McRae finally got a chance to show what he can do early in the third quarter. McRae registered a 54-yard punt return before being tackled at the Marshall 7-yardline. The 54-yard return was McRae’s only return of the game.
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 ranked 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 who 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.
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.