The Cincinnati Bearcats are heading into this year’s “Victory Bell” matchup fresh off a 40-16 loss to No. 6 Houston Cougars. The Bearcats will look to right the ship against the RedHawks on Saturday. They have defeated Miami 10 times in a row, but are losing the overall series 59-54-7.
Bearcat Insider is going to take a deeper dive into the RedHawks. So far they are 0-3, but they have played some tough competition, points to Iowa (one of their first opponents) and nonetheless this game last season came down to the final seconds as Hayden Moore led the offense down for a game winning drive.
This offensive unit is led by co-offensive coordinators George Barnett (associate head coach and offensive line coach) and Eric Koehler (quarterbacks coach). Barnett and Koehler have the RedHawks averaging 20.7 points per game and 415.0 yards per game so far this season.
Sophomore quarterback Billy Bahl is the main guy this season. Bahl has protected the ball so far this season which is a welcomed sight for any team. He has thrown for 855 yards at 56.5% completion, 6 touchdowns and 1 interception.
The two headed monster in the back field is Alonzo Smith and Kenny Young, both are redshirt sophomores. Smith has 186 yards on 50 carries and 1 touchdown. Young has 124 yards on 31 carries. Smith is more of the power back of the group and the guy who gets the majority of the carries.
The RedHawks go to receiver is James Gardner. Gardner is a 6’4” sophomore who has 12 catches for 245 yards and 4 touchdowns. He averages 20.4 yards a catch so the Bearcats must be discipline went matching up with him.
The defense is led by co-defensive coordinators Matt Pawlowski (linebackers coach) and John Hauser (cornerbacks coach). Pawlowski and Hauser unit currently gives up 32.3 points per game and 374.7 total yards per game. The points are high, but they have played quality competition all season, but to have their total yardage less than 400 yards per game is pretty good.
The two players to keep an eye on for the RedHawks are redshirt sophomore Brad Koenig and junior defensive back Tony Reid. Koenig and Reid are the ball hawks of this defense. Koenig currently has 21 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 2 passes defensed. Reid currently has 20 tackles and 2 passes defensed.
The head coach for the Miami RedHawks is Chuck Martin. Martin is in his third year as the lead man in Oxford. His RedHawks are currently 0-3 and his overall record is 5-21 at Miami, but he does have a very young team and if he can get at least two more years maybe the RedHawks jump leaps and bounds. One thing about Martin’s teams is they compete and they are currently very young.
Nick Dowd is the kicker for this group and Justin Martin is the punter. This is a solid, but not spectacular group.
The RedHawks main kick returner is Maurice Thomas.
The special teams coach is Bill Brechin (wide receivers coach)
|Miami RedHawks Depth Chart - 2016|
|WR||Jared Murphy||Isaiah Hill|
|TE||Ryan Smith||Alexx Zielinksi|
|LT||Jordan Rigg||Jordan Diamond|
|LG||Jordan Diamond||Zach Swarts|
|C||Danny Godlevske||Mitch Palmer|
|RG||Sam McCollum||Ryan Mullen|
|RT||Collin Buchanan||Sam Murrer|
|WR||Sam Shisso||Luke Mayock|
|QB||Billy Bahl||Noah Wezensky|
|FB||Rokeem Williams (WR)||James Gardner (WR)|
|HB||Alonzo Smith||Kenny Young|
|Base 4-3 Defense|
|LDE||J'Terius Jones||Quinn Calcagno|
|LDT||Nate Trawick||Mack Duffin|
|RDT||Ikeem Allen||AJ Burdine|
|RDE||Austin Gearing||Zach Smierciak|
|WLB||Junior McMullen||Sam Conolly|
|MLB||Brad Koenig||Paul Moses|
|SLB||De'Andre Montgomery||T.J. Williams|
|CB||Cedric Asseh||Bert Birdsall|
|SS||Buchi Okafor||Joshua Allen|
|FS||Tony Reid||De'Andre Montgomery|
|CB||Heath Harding||Deondre Daniels|
|K||Samuel Sloman||Nick Dowd|
|P||Justin Martin||Kyle Kramer|
|PR||Jared Murphy||Travion Banks|
|KR||Maurice Thomas||Kenny Young|
|LS||Evan Crabtree||Kyle Kramer|