April 27, 2012

OXFORD, Ohio - Saturday (April 28) promises to be an entertaining day of football for kids from eight-to-88 at Miami University's Yager Stadium, beginning with a Youth Clinic at 9:30 and ending with the annual Red & White Game at 12 noon.

Parents of children from eight-to-12 years old need to register their young prospects at 9 a.m. Every child will received a free T-shirt and wristband. Following a pep talk from Head Coach Don Treadwell, the kids will line up on the field for calisthenics, then go through a number of drills that will be directed by RedHawk coaches and players. There will be four different stations set up around the field, including ball drills, the blocking sled, a hook and swat drill for defensive players, and a cone drill. After 30 minutes of practice, Coach Treadwell will call the kids up for final remarks, then distribute posters when Miami players will be available for autographs. Finally, the kids will be able to tour the weight room at the Gross Center. They'll be brought back down to the stadium to be reunited with their parents for concessions stand snacks.

The RedHawk team will enter the field around 11:10 a.m. for warm-ups, then line up for a controlled scrimmage at 12 p.m.

Miami's offensive unit will fill show off its explosive passing game, led by quarterbacks Robert Williams III to get the bulk of the carries from the backfield.

The red-jerseyed defensive squad, coordinated by Coach D.J. Brown and Brison Burris.

Treadwell said that Saturday afternoon's format will be identical to the other scrimmages the team has already held.

"Our spring game will be a situational scrimmage, very similar to the scrimmages we've already had during our first four weeks," said Treadwell. "We'll give them a down and distance and they'll play the series. If the defense stops the offense, they'll come off the field, or vice versa. Depending upon the availability of our players, we may throw some special teams plays into the mix. We're going to try to give everyone an opportunity to play before their friends and family, and carry some momentum as we head into the fall."