Best Miami University Offensive Player
QB Gus Ragland, Sr.
It might have been a bit of an inconsistent season, and he missed time for the second straight year, but when he’s on, he can match up with any quarterback in the MAC play for play.
A baller, the 6-1, 215-pounder can run, but he’s also able to push the ball down the field, averaging 7.6 yards per throw last season with 19 touchdown passes. However, after throwing just one interception two years ago, he threw seven last season and struggled on third downs.
2. WR James Gardner, Sr.
3. QB Alex Malzone, Jr.
4. RB Kenny Young, Sr.
5. OT Jordan Rigg, Sr.
Best Miami University Defensive Player
LB Brad Koenig, Sr.
One of the team’s top tacklers are a sophomore, the 6-1, 225-pound Koenig did even more as a junior, leading the team with 102 tackles with three sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. Great on the outside, he was one of the few RedHawks able to get behind the line and be disruptive. But he’s at his best against the run, doing a great job in the open field.
2. DE Doug Costin, Jr.
3. S Josh Allen, Sr.
4. LB De’Andre Montgomery, Sr.
5. LB Junior McMullen, Sr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
WR Luke Mayock, Jr.
The offense needs another receiver on the other side of James Gardner, and the 6-5, 216-pound Mayock has the upside to become a special No. 2 target. He only caught 14 passes last year and scored once, but he was a deep threat averaging over 15 yards per grab. The RedHawks lost three of their top four pass catchers – the opportunities will be there. And yes, he’s related – he’s Mike Mayock’s nephew.
Key Game To The Miami University Season
at Buffalo, Oct. 30
If the RedHawks are dreaming about playing for the MAC title, they can’t lose this. The East isn’t that hard, but they have to beat Ohio – that’s a home date after this – and they have to get by a loaded Bulls team on the road.
With Western Michigan and a trip to Northern Illinois to deal with from the West, get by UB for a third year in a row, and there’s hope. Lose, and a four-loss minimum MAC season is likely.
2017 Miami University Fun Stats
– 4th Quarter Scoring: Opponents 72 – Miami University 26
– Field Goals: Miami University 12-of-16 – Opponents 10-of-20
– Punt Return Average: Miami University 6.2 yards – Opponents 1.2 yards