Saturday, September 22, 2001

UC, MU defenses brace for star QBs




By Bill Koch
Enquirer contributor

        The 106th meeting between the University of Cincinnati and Miami University will take place at 2 p.m. today at Miami's Yager Stadium in Oxford, and with two young, highly touted quarterbacks, logic dictates UC's Gino Guidugli and MU's Ben Roethlisberger will make the game a wide-open, high-scoring affair. But logic is often turned upside down in these games, which is why both offenses are wary of the defenses they'll face.

        “Every one of these games, you just don't ever feel good about it until the darn thing's over,” said UC coach Rick Minter, who has a 4-2-1 record against the RedHawks.

        Said Roethlisberger: “They have a really athletic, fast, big defense. And Antwan Peek is a great defensive end. He seems to be all over the field, jumping over people, hitting people. He seems like an animal, another Jevon Kearse out there.”

        The RedHawks aren't above resorting to trickery to perplex aggressive defenses such as UC's. Occasionally, they'll insert sophomore Ryan Hawk in place of Roethlisberger, for more of a running threat. And at times, they'll use both players at the same time, with Hawk lining up as a receiver.

        The Miami defense is sure to go after Guidugli with a more aggressive, blitzing concept than the one Army offered in Guigudli's debut two weeks ago. “They're a team that likes to come after you enough to get you in down and distance, to force you into third and long,” Minter said. “Then they play great coverage.”

       



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