Iowa Football: Five Players to Know from Miami (OH)

It's always important to know who you are dealing with on the opposite side of the ball, so HI gives you five Redhawks to keep your eyes on come Saturday.

The players break down plenty of film on opposing teams so they know their tendencies and just exactly who they are dealing with on game days.  While we don't recommend you do it to that same degree, you should at least know who could shine for the Miami (OH) Redhawks on Saturday.  So, here are my five Redhawks to watch Saturday afternoon.

J.T. Jones (DE)

I touched on J.T. a little bit yesterday, but we'll dive a little deeper here.  Jones finished tied for second in the MAC last season with 10 total sacks as a junior for Miami, which netted him third team All-MAC.  Jones, who enters his senior campaign now, will be relied upon to duplicate that season he had last year.

He is a dynamic pass rusher that, at 6'3" and 270 pounds, gets a pretty good burst off the line.  He made his living last season chasing QB's and RB's down from behind.  

He may not find much success against Iowa because of their big and physical offensive line (he struggled quite a bit against Wisconsin last season), but if a guy were going to give C.J. Beathard a problem in the offensive backfield, it's Jones.

Paul Moses (OLB)

Moses, who is going to be looked at as another leader on the defense for John Hauser and Matt Pawlowski's bunch, finished third on the team in tackles last season with 71 total tackles.

Moses, who is a converted running back, stands 6' tall and weighs right around 225 pounds.  He'll man one of the outside linebackers positions as he a bit too small to work on the inside.  He and fellow upperclassmen, T.J. Williams, will be in charge of helping out Junior McMullen, who takes over at the middle linebacker spot.

Moses probably isn't going to be giving Beathard any fits, but once the Hawkeye running backs hit the second level, Moses will be waiting for them.  He will have his hands full with both LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley as Daniels is big enough to run right through him while Wadley has the moves to go right around him.  

Moses will be the guy leading the linebacking corp on Saturday afternoon.

Alonzo Smith (RB)

I mentioned last night that they started a true freshman at QB for the better part of last season.  Well, they also had a true freshman running back who saw quite a few carries last season.  Smith carried the ball 124 times for nearly 500 yards and five touchdowns.  He appeared in all twelve games as a freshman with his biggest game coming at Massachusetts in the last game of the year when he carried the ball 26 times for 109 yards and a score.

He isn't much of a receiving threat out of the backfield as he caught just 10 passes all of last season, so Iowa shouldn't have to be worried too much in that department.  

He's 5'10" and 220 pounds, so he's quite a big kid for being so young.  He isn't extremely fast, but can break off a few long runs if you're not careful.

Smith will look to build off a solid freshman campaign. Look for him to get the bulk of the carries for the Redhawks on Saturday.

Heath Harding (CB)

Harding was held out of the last seven games of the year last season for the Redhawks due to an injury, but he'll be back healthy for the start of this season.  He immediately projects as one of the starting corners after he was named Miami's Defensive Skill Player of the Year in 2014 when he recorded 97 total tackles and two interceptions.

Harding has big play ability and will join Bert Birdsall, who is a returning starter from a season ago at the other cornerback spot.

He's a good athlete with solid speed and an ability to make both a play on the ball and tackles in the open field.  Harding might be flying under the radar coming into this one because of his injury-plagued Junior season, but he's a playmaker and one that should be watched on Saturday.

Rokeem Williams (WR)

Williams has been a steady target for the Redhawks in the last couple of seasons.  He has caught 68 balls in the past two seasons and has combined for over 1,000 yards in those seasons.

Williams has quite a bit of talent, but I think the problem has been not having a QB that can consistently get him the ball.  Williams could have a big senior season for the Redhawks, but will likely struggle in this one against two very experienced Big Ten corners.  He's a player to know because he has the ability to get behind the defense once or twice and possibly have a big catch for the Redhawks.

If starting QB Billy Bahl has made strides with his accuracy, Williams could have a solid day come Saturday.

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