13 Teams/13 Days: Miami RedHawks Football Preview

Updated 8/20/2012

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Head Coach: Don Treadwell (Miami, '82)
2011 Overall/Conference Record: 4-8 (3-5 MAC)
Offense Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3
Defense Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
Head Coach Don Treadwell has an experience-laden football squad in 2012. In a two-deep released on August 15, every single one of Miami’s 22 offensive and defensive players that were listed as a starter has won at least one varsity letter.
Altogether, there are 49 returning players who have won letters, 23 on offense, 24 on defense and both of the RedHawks’ kickers.
Conversely, only 18 letter winners from 2011 won’t return this season, including six offensive players, 11 defensive players and one special teams performer. The most significant loss is offensive guard Brandon Brooks, who was a third-round NFL Draft pick of the Houston Texans. Others with long terms of service who have graduated include wide receiver Chris Givens and tight end Kendrick Bruton. Defensively, linebackers Jerrell Wedge and Ryan Kennedy, defensive linemen Will Diaz and Jordain Brown, and free safety Anthony Kokal are no longer on campus.
Offensively, the star passing combination of quarterback ZAC DYSERT and record-setting receiver NICK HARWELL headline the returnees. They’re protected by a trio of three letter-winning linemen—guards BRAD BEDNAR and MATT KENNEDY, plus center JOJO WILLIAMS.
Defensively, all four starters on the defensive line are back—WES WILLIAMS, AUSTIN BROWN, MIKE JOHNS and JASON SEMMES—plus veteran but newly transformed linebacker PAT HINKEL, secondary standouts DAYONNE NUNLEY, D.J. BROWN and BRISON BURRIS.
Miami kickers MASON KRYSINSKI, the placekicker, and ZAC MURPHY, the punter, also are back in the fold.
Players To Watch/Miami Watch List Members
*Biletnikoff Award (Top Wide Receiver) – WR Nick Harwell, Miami
*Jim Thopre Award (Best Defensive Back) – DB Dayonne Nunley, Miami
2012 Miami RedHawks Schedule
Sept. 1 - @Ohio State
Sept. 8 - Southern Illinois
Sept. 15 - @Boise State
Sept. 22 - UMass
Sept. 29 - @Akron
Oct. 6 - @Cincinnati
Oct. 13 - @Bowling Green
Oct. 27 - Ohio
Nov. 3 - @Buffalo
Nov. 10 - Kent State
Nov. 17 - @Central Michigan
Nov. 23 - Ball State