OXFORD, Ohio – With the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks competing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, someone with a Miami University connection will have a ‘Super Sunday’.
Three members of the team sport MU ties among the Super Bowl XLVIII teams, two from the Broncos and one from the Seahawks.
Former RedHawk quarterback Zac Dysert is on the Denver depth chart while Mark Thewes, a four-year letter winner for the baseball team, serves as an assistant to head coach John Fox. On the Seattle sideline, the Seahawk running backs are coached by former Miami standout Sherman Smith.
Dysert was a four-year starter at quarterback from 2009-12. He finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards (12,013), total offense (12,678) and 300-yard passing games (19). He also finished second in MU history with 73 touchdown passes and a 63.8 percent completion percentage. Dysert earned second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors in 2010 after guiding the RedHawks to a 10-4 record, a MAC title and an appearance in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. He finished his career earning third-team All-MAC honors after throwing for 3,483 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2012. The following April, Dysert was selected by the Broncos in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.
Thewes lettered for the baseball team from 1996-99 and was a two-time Academic All-MAC selection. He was also voted Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America in 1998.
Smith is in his fourth year coaching the Seattle running backs. Under his guidance, Marshawn Lynch has rushed for over 1,200 yards and 11 or more touchdowns in three straight seasons. Lynch has been voted to the Pro Bowl in each of those seasons, something that happened only once in his first four seasons in the league. Smith played at Miami from 1972-75 and sits 12th all-time with 2,187 rushing yards. He rushed for 100 yards in a game eight times and led the Red and White to three MAC titles and a combined 32-1-1 record in his last three seasons. After playing eight years in the NFL, Smith went into coaching and returned to MU for a brief stint as running backs coach in 1990.
The Super Bowl kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.