May 26, 2011

OXFORD, Ohio - Though it's not even Memorial Day yet, it is time to begin thinking about Miami University's 2011 football season.

The defending Mid-American Conference Champions and winner of the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl have their usual blockbuster schedule, facing Big 12 power Missouri at Columbia in the lid-lifter on September 3.

First-year Head Coach Don Treadwell knows it's going to be impossible to sneak up on teams this time around.

"There isn't any question that our opponents aren't going to take us lightly and, honestly, we wouldn't have it any other way," said Treadwell. "I think that will help keep your young men from becoming complacent. You do have that target on your back and to be defending champion means a lot more than just what it says on paper. You've got to go out and defend it. "

With 51 returning letter winners back from a 10-4 club (7-1, first in the MAC East Division), Miami returns nine defensive starters, eight offensive starters, and three special teams regulars.

Among the players who Treadwell and his coaching staff will depend upon are quarterbacks Chris Givens (Sr., Chillicothe), Nick Harwell (So., Missouri City, TX) and Andy Cruse (Jr., Cincinnati).

Defensively, lineman Jerrell Wedge (Sr., Upper Marlboro, MD), Ryan Kennedy (Sr., Libertyville, IL) and Anthony Kokal (Sr., Warren) and Dayonne Nunley (So., Monroeville, PA).

So, why should Miami fans invest in purchasing season tickets? According to Treadwell, his 2011 squad is one that will create lots of thrilling plays.

"As a fan in the stands, you are looking for a team that is exciting," said Treadwell. "As you watch Miami football this year, you are going to see a very exciting team, a dynamic team in all phases - offense, defense, and special teams. Fans enjoy and appreciate teams that play with passion and that's what you`re going to see when you watch the RedHawks. We talk about playing with great toughness, mental and physical toughness, and we talk about playing as a team of having faith in each other. I think that will create a lot of energy. Having been at several different schools over the years, a lot of the schools didn't start with maybe the stands full. But as they continued to move their program forward, then all of a sudden the crowds continue to grow because people became appreciative of what was happening on the field. We're excited about drawing as many fans as we can to come and cheer on the Red & White."

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The Future is NOW for Miami Football! Get your season tickets TODAY as New Miami Football Head Coach and alumnus Don Treadwell prepares the RedHawks to defend their MAC Conference title. This season's schedule includes six home games, including rival Cincinnati (Oct. 1) and West Point's Army (Oct. 8). Other games slated for Yager in 2011 include Bowling Green (Sept. 24, Family Day), Buffalo (Oct. 29, Homecoming), Akron (Nov. 3) and Western Michigan (Nov. 16).

Season tickets start at just $70. To order call (513) 529 - HAWK, visit the Athletic Ticket Office at Millett Hall or online at www.MURedHawks.com.

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