Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Miami University season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 6-6 overall, 6-2 in MAC
Head Coach: Chuck Martin, 6th year, 22-39
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MIAMI UNIVERSITY OFFENSE
– Seven starters are back from an offense that was okay, but underwhelmed. There was enough talent last season to do more than 372 yards and 28 points per game, and this year the pieces are there, but …
– It’ll be a battle throughout fall camp for the starting gig. Gus Ragland is done, leaving the team without anyone with any appreciable experience. Sophomore Jackson Williamson has the inside track after serving as a third stringer last season, but freshman Brett Gabbert – brother of Blaine – and redshirt freshman AJ Mayer are in the mix.
– The rushing offense that sputtered at times finishing with just under 2,000 yards loses the top two backs, Alonzo Smith and Kenny Young. The speedy Maurice Thomas is back after serving as a strong kick returner and finishing third on the team with 233 yards, and a slew of young backs are ready after waiting their turn.
– Three starters are back on the line but the left side has to be replaced. Last year’s group was fantastic at keeping defenses out of the backfield, and now it has to figure out if 6-8, 315-pound Tommy Doyle will work on the left side after playing at right tackle, and with all-star Danny Godlevske back at center. The starting five will be fine, but the depth is sketchy.
– While the offensive backfield is a bit of a question mark, the receivers are in place. Junior Jack Sorenson is back after catching 53 passes for 742 yards and two scores, and 6-5 Luke Mayock was second with 22 grabs averaging 14.5 yards per play. The tight end situation is fine, too, with junior Andrew Homer leading a promising group.