Video: Emily Brustoski Representatives from nine NFL franchises descended upon Oxford, Ohio Tuesday to evaluate seven former RedHawks looking to continue their football careers ahead of April’s NFL Draft. For promising players such as Heath Harding and Ryan Smith, it was perhaps one final chance to show why they deserve a chance to play at the next level. Senior cornerback Harding was the headliner of the day, as the Dayton native is currently projected to be selected in the fifth or sixth round, according to NFL.com. The corner put up strong numbers in front of scouts from the Bengals, Browns, Patriots and others, running a 4.44 40-yard dash after bench pressing 225 lbs. 17 times. However, Harding said it is his physical play that sets him apart from other prospects. “I think a lot of DB’s are used to the Deion Sanders method where you’re just a cover corner, but I don’t believe in that. I believe for a corner, you need to be balanced, being able to run support, cover, and all the above,” Harding said. “If you’re on my side of the field, I’m coming for you.” Following a 2016 season in which Harding recorded 67 tackles along with four interceptions and six and a half pass break-ups, his senior campaign was hampered by injuries, an issue Harding says continues to plague him. Just last week, Harding...Read More
The Miami RedHawks football team took the practice field for the first time on Sunday during the spring practice session. Much like last year, many familiar faces littered Ben Roethlisberger field inside the indoor practice facility, while at the same time, solid contributors such as Heath Harding, Ryan Smith, and Tony Reid are gone and must be replaced by younger RedHawks. As a result of the experience head coach Chuck Martin’s team returns, position groups were able to dive right into complex drills and schemes, a rarity for most teams on the first practice since November. “It’s exciting,” redshirt junior quarterback Gus Ragland said after practice on having so many key pieces back. “We’re sitting here a year later in the same position.” Despite so many familiar faces, a few unfamiliar ones will be need to step up in order for the Red and White to reach their goal of winning the MAC East. Sam Martin and Jared Murphy are no longer lining up outside to catch passes from Ragland, but freshman receiver Dom Robinson raised some eyebrows during team drills Sunday, even drawing comparisons to his teammate and All-MAC receiver James Gardner. “At times, I thought it was James and looked up and it was Dom,” said Martin after watching the athletic receiver haul in deep passes. “Good for Dom and good for Miami football.” Robinson, a former...Read More
Following a breakthrough 2016 season in which the Miami RedHawks football program won six straight games to reach bowl eligibility, many expected the 2017 campaign to bring a Mid-American Conference Championship to Oxford. However, following an underwhelming 5-7 season full of missed opportunities and disappointing losses, the Red and White failed to take the next step many were hoping to see. Despite the frustration many RedHawk fans felt after 2017, Miami announced head coach Chuck Martin’s contract has been extended through January of 2020, referencing the steady progress the program has made since Martin took over following a winless...Read More
The 2017 Miami Football RedHawks appeared full of promise in late August as students returned to Oxford for the fall semester. Coming off a six-game regular-season win streak and a bowl berth against an SEC foe, the Red and White seemed poised to make a run at a Mid-American Conference championship with major players including Gus Ragland, Heath Harding, and James Gardner all returning. Fast forward to today — the season has come and gone with the ‘Hawks finishing 5-7, with no hope of going to a bowl game. Those early days of buzz have turned into wondering what...Read More
Wednesday night’s football game had a plethora of ramifications for the Miami RedHawks — the final home game of the season was the last chance for seniors such as Tony Reid, Heath Harding and Ryan Smith to play at Yager Stadium to become one game closer to bowl eligibility. On the other hand, the Eastern Michigan Eagles, coming in with seven losses, had no postseason aspirations to play for on a weeknight road game. However, the Eagles appeared to be the inspired team early on while Miami slept walk on their opening possessions. Before the ‘Hawks could even get a play off to start the game, offensive linemen jumped on consecutive snaps, putting the Red and White in an early first and 20 position. A few plays later, the RedHawk offense stalled and punted it into the eager hands of the Eagles offense, who proceeded to keep the Miami defense on its heels for the entirety of the first quarter. Only averaging 110 rushing yards per game in 2017, Eastern Michigan ran 13 times for 99 yards in the opening quarter of play, thanks in large part to junior running back Ian Erickson — Erickson rushed for 86 yards in the touchdown in the first quarter alone. “They didn’t really do too much we hadn’t seen,” Redshirt junior linebacker Brad Koenig said. “We were prepared for it, we just...Read More
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