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Five and Five: Miami (Ohio)

What are five things I like about Miami (Ohio) in 2010? What about five things I don’t? This list has all the answers.

Likes

1. Five returning starters on the offensive line. Two of the five were freshmen in 2009.

2. Young quarterback Zac Dysert. He needs to cut down on his interceptions, but Dysert was impressive as a redshirt freshman last season.

3. Three starter return in the secondary, including safety Jordan Gafford, who missed four games due to injury in 2009.

4. Three more starters at linebacker. One, Jerrell Wedge, is one of the best at his position in the MAC.

5. Receivers Armand Robinson and Jamal Rogers. This duo built a nice rapport with Dysert over the second half of the 2009 season. The receiver corps also welcomes back Chris Givens from injury, giving the group three talented pass-catchers to work with.

Dislikes

1. The program’s 3-21 mark over the past two seasons. One bad season may be a fluke, but two consecutive double-digit loss seasons may indicate a trend.

2. The lack of talent at running back. Improvement from the offensive line will help, but the RedHawks need to locate a top back.

3. The defensive line. The group may be a year more experienced, but there is not a lot of talent up front.

4. A difficult final month of play. Beginning on Oct. 30, three consecutive road games in the MAC are joined by a date with Temple, the East division favorite.

5. More than just a small improvement must be made on each side of the ball if Miami is going to approach .500. It would be shocking to see the RedHawks win more than four games in MAC play.

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