Miami RedHawks (0-4, 0-0 MAC)
vs. Central Michigan Chippewas (1-4, 0-1 MAC)
Game 5: Sat., Oct. 5 • 1 p.m.
Yager Stadium (24,286)
Series vs. CMU: Miami leads 12-11-1
Series Streak: CMU - 1
Last Meeting: Nov. 17, 2012
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 125th season of football and has an all-time record of 669-413-44 (.613).
• Miami is coming off a 50-14 loss at Illinois, which concluded Miami’s non-conference schedule.
• Head coach Don Treadwell is in his third season at the helm of the football team and has a record of 8-20.
• Coach Treadwell returns both his offensive coordinator (John Klacik) and defensive coordinator (Jay Peterson) for the third consecutive season.
• Miami will have four captains in 2013, voted on by their teammates. QB Austin Boucher, TE Steve Marck, DT Austin Brown and DE Wes Williams will serve as captains in 2013.
• Miami returns 47 letterwinners (20 offense, 23 defense and 4 special teams) and 16 starters (6 offense, 6 defense and 4 special teams) from the 2012 season.
• Miami leads the all-time series 12-11-1, but the Chippewas won the last meeting 30-16 in Mount Pleasant, Mich., on Nov. 17, 2012.
• The RedHawks are 43-21-1 all-time in Mid-American Conference openers.
• Miami will feature a roster loaded with youth. The RedHawks entered the season opener with 12 seniors, 14 juniors, 23 sophomores and 51 freshmen.
Need To Know
• The Miami University football team is coming off back-to-back 4-8 seasons under third-year head coach Don Treadwell and are 0-4 to open 2013. The last time a Miami team began the year 0-4 was back in 2011. That team would finish the year 4-8, which included a stretch that saw the RedHawks win four of five contests.
• The RedHawks are coming off a 50-14 loss at Illinois, a contest the Illini led 36-0 at the half. The two teams tied 14-14 in the final 30 minutes of action.
• In the loss, the RedHawks had several firsts. Red-shirt freshman Fred McRae saw his first start and led the team with two catches for 45 yards. Freshman Grant Niemiec recorded his first career touchdown, a 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter and red-shirt freshman Rokeem Williams had a 1-yard touchdown reception in the second half, his first career touchdown reception.
• Offensively, Miami had a season-best 250 yards of offense and 14 first downs. It also got the ground game working, posting a season-high 155 yards on the ground. The last time a RedHawk team recorded at least that many rushing yards was back on Sept. 29, 2012 versus Akron (189).
• Leading the ground game was backup quarterback Austin Gearing, who posted career-bests in rushing attempts (16) and yards (81).
• Defensively, Miami picked off a pair of passes versus Illinois. Recording interceptions were Brison Burris and T. J. Williams. This is the second consecutive week Miami has recorded multiple interceptions. The previous week Dayonne Nunley and Heath Harding had interceptions versus Cincinnati. Miami has five interceptions on the season, all by different RedHawks.
• Punter Zac Murphy ranks second in the country with an average of 48.3 per kick. The senior has 12 kicks of over 50 yards and has downed another seven inside the opponents 20-yard line. Murphy’s highlight kick was an 84-yarder versus Cincinnati, the longest punt in Miami and Yager Stadium history.
Run Gearing Run
• Backup quarterback Austin Gearing leads the team in rushing in 2013 with 140 yards on the season. The red-shirt freshman had career-bests last week at Illinois, finishing the contest with 16 carries for 81 yards.
Miami Player of the Week Honors
Miami has recorded three player of the week honors this season. Punter Zac Murphy has recorded two of the awards, averaging over 50 yards per punt versus Kentucky and Cincinnati. Senior Dayonne Nunley was named MAC East Defensive Player of the Week following the Cincinnati game, finishing the contest with 10 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception.
While watching the game Saturday and you think you see Boucher playing offense and defense ... you would be correct ... sort of. Austin Boucher is expected to start at quarterback, while his twin brother Collin is a linebacker. More importantly ... Collin is 23 minutes older than Austin.
Like Father, Like Son
Sophomore running back Spencer Treadwell has some tough blood lines to follow, considering his father will be pacing the Miami sideline as he enters his third year as the head coach of the RedHawks. Spencer is not the only other Treadwell playing Division I football. Coach Treadwell’s son, Blake, is a senior offensive lineman at Michigan State.
He’s Got Legs
Hard to imagine Zac Murphy’s individual stats could be much better than they are after four games into the 2013 season. The senior ranks second in the nation with a punting average of 48.3 per kick. He has 12 punts of over 50 yards (3/game) and has added another seven punts that were downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
Red-shirt freshman Fred McRae made an instant impact in the RedHawk’s punt return game. In his first career return he went 14 yards, which may not seem like much, but Miami’s longest punt return in all of 2012 was 11 yards by Andy Cruse. McRae continued his hot start a week later, recording a 32-yard return at Kentucky. McRae is averaging 15.0 yards per punt return in 2013, which ranks first in the MAC and 15th nationally.