April 28, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University's football team wrapped up its spring practice sessions Saturday at Yager Stadium and, as usual, footballs filled the air.
A nice collection of fans and family and new recruits gathered despite rainy skies to watch Coach Don Treadwell's troops go through their 15th and final practice.
The recipients of their passes included Nick Harwell (six catches for 138 yards and a touchdown), Luke Swift (three for 43 yards), Andy Cruse (three for 33 yards), JAKE WUERZELBACHER (three for 26 yards and a touchdown), Jason Earle (two for 38 yards), Andrew Gudeman (two for five yards), Dawan Scott (one for 40 yards) and Willie Culpepper (one for 33 yards).
Treadwell was pleased with his team's overall effort Saturday.
"It's always a good thing when you can play your spring game injury free and we were able to accomplish that," he said. "We had varying degrees of different groupings and we were interested in getting playing time for our younger guys. We certainly have improved in a lot of areas this spring and had an opportunity to get a lot of reps for the freshmen who redshirted last fall. The familiarity of having a year under our belt was very positive."
Treadwell knows that he's got a great player under center in Zac Dysert.
"Zac does a great job of reading the plays and he has more freedom to adjust some things at the line of scrimmage," said Treadwell. "That's the advantage of having a veteran quarterback."
The second-year coach continued to be impressed by the progress that's been made by his offensive line.
"We've got much more continuity on the front line than we did last season," he said. "Those young pups who were freshmen a year ago, (Marcus) Matthews and (Zach) Lewis, are more comfortable now. They're a little bit biger and a little bit stronger and, under the supervision of (strength and conditioning coach) Paul Harker, they'll be even bigger and stronger when the fall rolls around. If you're going to be able to run the ball, it begins with your offensive line."
Treadwell is still looking for a consistent running back.
"Some nicks and bumps and bruises kept a couple of guys out today," he said. "With three true freshmen joining us, it will be a competitive battle this fall at the running back position."
Coach, were there any pleasant surprises Saturday?
"It was nice to see (Drew) Kummer get a couple of good drives under his belt. He had a little bit of heat in his face today and did a good job of recognizing and making adjustments."
Treadwell also is pleased with the progress of coordinator Jay Peterson's defensive unit.
"The defense did a nice job today," he said. "They rotated a lot of players in. Our defensive line did a good job of putting pressure on the quarterback."
Miami opens its 2012 season on Sept. 1 at Ohio State. For ticket information, call (513) 529-HAWK.