Preview 2018: Miami University RedHawks. Too Good Not To Win More

Preview 2018: Miami University RedHawks. Too Good Not To Win More

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Preview 2018: Miami University RedHawks. Too Good Not To Win More

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What You Need To Know About The Miami University Offense

– The offense was fine, but it was maddeningly consistent. It managed to score between 24 and 31 points in every game but three, relying on ball control and not taking a whole lot of chances. But as it turned out, it was just good enough to several mediocre-to-bad teams in games.

With the quarterback talent in place, though, it’s time to start pushing the attack more. Gus Ragland is in his third year at the helm, but he has to be more accurate and has to be better on third downs. Also in the mix is Michigan transfer Alex Malzone, who’ll push for the job but will likely be the main man next year.

– James Gardner is the big play target who needs the ball more after averaging close to 20 yards per grab. However, the RedHawks need more weapons around him to emerge, starting with Luke Mayock. Between these two, Ragland gets to work with big, big targets who can stretch the field, too.

– After years of not having much of a ground game, now MU has backs and the line to start doing a whole lot more. The 1-2 rushing push of Kenny Young and Alonzo Smith is effective when it gets the opportunity, and with all five starters back up front from a group that was fifth in the nation in fewest tackles for loss allowed, hitting the 2,000-yard rushing mark for the first time in over ten years is possible.

Biggest Key To The Miami University Offense

Ragland has to be more accurate. He’s a very good, very heady passer who saved the 2015 season with 17 touchdown passes and just one pick, and he also connected on 64% of his throws. Last season he hit just 56% of his passes, and while MU lost the two times he went over 60%, that’s an aberration.

The offense stalled way too often on third downs and seemed to fail at the worst times. Get over 60% every game, and the RedHawks won’t lose so many close battles.

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