The staff of Writing Illini takes a look at the Illinois Fighting Illini’s Week Five match-up with the Miami (OH) RedHawks.
In this roundtable, the guys comb through the Miami roster and give their thoughts on who will be the most dangerous player for the Huskies on Saturday.
Ricky: Dawan Scott would be a good choice for Miami (OH)’s most dangerous player this weekend against Illinois, but it might be the tight end position that comes up big instead. Steve Marck might not have the most receiving yards on this RedHawks team, but he does have the ONLY touchdown reception. Now, I don’t know it that is because this offense stinks or because of the read-option system. All I do know, is that sometimes the TE can hurt a team when running the read-option. Just look at the San Francisco 49ers.
I know the 49ers are in the NFL, but Steve Marck has the potential to be the “Vernon Davis” of the Miami (OH) RedHawks.
Austin: Rokeem Williams is one of the best receivers on this Redhawks team, but the numbers just are not there yet this year. Miami has played some good teams that have shut down the passing game. However, if you give Williams an open field, he will make you pay. With breakaway speed and great hands, he can wreck havoc in the secondary. Another big aspect to his game is his above average blocking in the secondary, assisting others on his squad to advance the ball. If the Illini can keep him in check, they should have a better chance at getting around this team come Saturday.
Rees: This Miami team is not good plain and simple. The most dangerous player is their starting wide receiver Dawan Scott. He leads in the receiving yards and is second in rushing averaging a stout 6.4 yards per carry.
Ryan: Typically, the answer to this question would be an offensive player, but honestly this RedHawks team is putrid offensively in their first season running the Read Option. So, if you can’t go offense, you might as well look at the defense.
Two-time First Team All-MAC CB Dayonne Nunley is probably the most dangerous guy on the RedHawks defense. In his career, the senior has 13 interceptions, 19.5 tackles for loss, 43 pass breakups, and by all accounts is solid in man-coverage defense. With the Illini’s pass oriented offense, I imagine the game plan will involve some type of scheme to avoid Nunley on most passing downs, thereby eliminating the RedHawks most dangerous player in the secondary.
What do you think, Illini Nation? Who will be Miami (OH)’s most dangerous player on Saturday?
The Writing Illini staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer along with staff writers, Austin Jabs, Rees Woodcock, and Ryan Kraemer.
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