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2007 Miami Football Preview


Miami RedHawks

2007 Miami Overview

After averaging at least 31 points per game from 2002 through 2005, Miami to average just over 18 points per game last season. Senior Mike Kokal needs to have his best season yet after putting up good numbers both passing and rushing last season. Former 1,000-yard rusher Brandon Murphy looks to be fully healthy after an injury-plagued 2006 season. Murphy, Andre Bratton, and highly regarded freshman Thomas Merriweather form a quality group of RBs that should easily produce more than the 87-yards per game output of last season which ranked 109th nationally. The receiving unit is wide open with six receivers lost from last season, including Ryne Robinson, who set several receiving records during his four year career. Historically Miami fields one of the better offensive lines in the MAC but injuries killed any continuity last season up front. Miami returns all five starters from last year and this area should be much improved. Miami is very thin on the defensive line both in experience and in size, which may not translate into solid run defense. MU ranked 101st against the run last year and may not be much better this fall, especially against the schedule they are facing. Miami is much stronger within the LB area Joey Hudson being a player with first team all conference honors awaiting him. Hudson was a 2nd team All-MAC player last season and should make the first team this fall with continued development. The RedHawks ranked 9th nationally in pass defense in 2006. While the graduation of Joey Card certainly hurts, several big time playmakers do return to this unit, most notably Jerrid Gaines and Robbie Wilson. The special teams area is very good but Miami will certainly miss Ryne Robinson’s kick returns as he was one of the nation’s best punt returners over the past two seasons. Overall Miami will be fielding a more complete and deeper team than last year but an extremely difficult schedule will likely hinder the RedHawks from obtaining a winning season in 2007.


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Mark it Down!
After having more than a decade of consecutive winning seasons, Miami plummeted last season to an uncharacteristic 2-10 record. For the second straight year, Miami will have a losing record even though they may have one of the more talented teams in the MAC East Division this season.


2007 MU RedHawks Schedule Analysis
One word - ridiculous! Miami always plays one of the MAC’s most challenging schedules year in and year out but this season may take the cake. Five non-conference games are slated due to the MAC’s new unbalanced league scheduling. Miami travels to Minnesota, Colorado and Vanderbilt while hosting Cincinnati and Syracuse. The lone cross over game is week #1 at Ball State. Within the MC East, Miami must travel to Kent State and Ohio while hosting Akron and BG.

Most Important Game
At Ball State on August 30 – When you go 2-10 the previous season you want to start out the next year with a win. Ball State beat Miami in the final minute last year and is a good litmus test if the RedHawks can pull out a close game early in the season. Considering Miami’s next five games are at Minnesota, Cincinnati, at Colorado, Syracuse and at Kent State, an 0-6 start is a real possibility if Miami gets off to a poor start in Muncie.


2007 Miami Football Schedule

Opponent Prediction Opponent Preview
@ Ball State
2007 Ball State football preview
@ Minnesota
2007 Minnesota football preview
vs. Cincinnati
@ Colorado
2007 Colorado football preview
vs. Syracuse
@ Kent State
2007 Kent football preview
vs. Bowling Green
2007 Bowling Green football preview
@ Temple
2007 Temple football preview
@ Vanderbilt
vs. Buffalo
2007 Buffalo football preview
vs. Akron
2007 Akron football preview
@ Ohio
2007 Ohio football preview


2007 Miami Prediction - 4-8 Overall, 4-3 MAC, 4-2 MAC East



published 07.16.2007