OXFORD, Ohio - After leading their respective teams to victory over the weekend, redshirt senior quarterback Zac Dysert and senior forward Olivia Miller have been named Miami's Male and Female Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week of Sep. 17-23.
Dysert (Ada, Ohio) had a hand in all four RedHawk touchdowns Saturday as Miami Football defeated UMass in its Mid-American Conference opener at Yager Stadium, 27-16. The game marked just the third time in his career that Dysert accounted for four touchdowns. Dysert completed 12 of his 22 passes, throwing for 192 yards and three touchdowns (49, 17 and 33 yards). He also ran the ball 12 times for 76 net yards (6.3 ypa), the second-highest output of his career, and scored one touchdown on the ground. His 12 completions gave him 855 career completions, as he broke the school record held by Ben Roethlisberger (2001-03), who had 854. Dysert also moved into eighth all-time in MAC history for career completions. His three touchdown tosses gave him 53 for his career, tying him with Charlie Batch of Eastern Michigan (1994-97) for 19th in MAC history. He also now has 9,427 career passing yards, which ranks 10th in MAC history.
Dysert was also named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts. He has now been named Miami Male Athlete of the Week three times in his career with today's honor being his first this season.
Miller (Prospect, Ky.) was the catalyst for the Miami field hockey team all weekend as the RedHawks won three games in four days, including a MAC game. She totaled three goals and one assist for a seven-point weekend. Miller recorded one goal and her lone assist in the victory over Central Michigan Friday, scoring the game-winning goal. She then scored twice in Miami's 7-1 victory over Georgetown on Sunday, including once again notching the game-winner. Even when she wasn't scoring or receiving the assist for a goal, Miller had a hand in nearly all of the RedHawks' 14 goals scored over the weekend, often setting the goals up with the initial pass. She led the team with 15 shots, including nine on goal, in her three matches.
Like Dysert, Miller was also honored by the conference as she earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week. The Miami Female Athlete of the Week award is the first such honor of her career.
Dysert and the football team are back on the field Saturday when the RedHawks head north to face Akron. Miller and the field hockey team return to the turf this weekend with contests at Missouri State Saturday and at St. Louis Sunday.
The next Miami Athletes of the Week will be announced Tuesday, Oct. 2. For a list of previous winners, click here.