OXFORD, Ohio – Other than the addition of Coach Andrew Marlatt, the Miami University special teams unit won’t have much, if any, turnover in the upcoming 2013 season.
Marlatt comes to Oxford from Loveland High School in Cincinnati, where he spent the last seven seasons as the Tigers’ head football coach. The former Miami standout defensive end (1983-87) takes over for the departed Matt Edwards.
“I loved every day as a high school teacher and coach, and I’m loving every day as a Miami football coach,” Marlatt said. “This is my alma mater and my heart and sole are here. I met my wife here and it’s been wonderful.”
Marlatt inherits two talented place kickers in sophomore Kaleb Patterson and senior Mason Krysinski.
Patterson converted 15 of 18 field goals in his freshman season, while also knocking in 23 of 25 PATs. He was the RedHawks’ leading scorer with 68 points.
Krysinski will serve as Patterson’s backup and will also handle kickoff duties again this season.
“They’ve had a pretty good spring,” Marlatt said. “They’ve dealt with multiple weather conditions, from cold to hot to sunny and some pretty severe wind conditions. I think they’ve done a pretty good job adjusting to that as best as possible.”
Zac Dysert, who was Miami’s holder last season, has graduated, so that leaves a spot to be filled. The following players have been competing for the holder position: junior quarterback Drew Kummer and sophomore quarterback Austin Gearing.
The RedHawks are rotating short snappers in sophomore Bryce Lehwald and junior Zach Lewis.
“Our operation on field goals, extra points and punts has had to deal with multiple new parts, but we’ve worked through that and have had some success,” Marlatt said.
Senior Zac Murphy will be Miami’s starting punter again this season, while freshman Christian Koch will be the backup.
Murphy ranked ninth among Mid-American Conference punters in 2012, averaging 40.5 yards per punt.
Though the punt return and kickoff return men won't be truly determined until next August, look for redshirt freshmen Fred McRae and Rokeem Williams to be in the battle for starting duty when fall drills begin.