Two weeks ago, the Miami University RedHawks made a significant quarterback change, switching out redshirt senior Daniel Raudabaugh for redshirt freshman Zac Dysert. Raudabaugh, the starting quarterback for the RedHawks since 2007, was replaced after going 0-3 with 2 Touchdowns, 5 Interceptions and a 53% completion percentage.
It isn’t common for a senior to be benched for a freshman, especially at quarterback. But after starting 0-3 and not showing any signs of improvement, first year Head Coach Mike Haywood decided to build for the future by starting the young gunslinger. Since then, Miami is 0-2. On the plus side, Dysert completed 64% of his passes in those games with 2 TD’s and 4 INT’s, while also adding 99 yards on the ground.
Dysert isn’t lighting the world on fire, statistically, but from watching him play, you can see the potential is there for him to become the best quarterback at MU since Ben Roethlisberger. He is definitely a player to keep an eye on over the next several years.
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