Receiving corps almost too deep
Originally Published: September 30, 2003By Adam Rittenberg | Special to ESPN.com
Miami's receiving corps strikes fear in any opposing defense. Add TE Matt Brandt to the mix and it becomes unfair. Brandt set career highs with eight catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns in last week's battle for the Victory Bell against Cincinnati. Brandt is third on the team with 174 yards receiving. "This was a game where we anticipated using Matt," RedHawks coach Terry Hoeppner said. "He came here as a walk-on quarterback and has now grown up to be an athletic tight end. He was the 27th player taken in last year's Canadian football draft but decided to stay at Miami and get his degree."
Cincinnati battled back from a 42-17 deficit but a fumble recovery by S Ryan Sprague sealed Miami's victory. Sprague, a senior, has 12 tackles this year, including two for loss. "He was my first recruit," Hoeppner said of Sprague, who turned down a preferred walk-on offer at Notre Dame for a scholarship position at Miami (Ohio). "He has a huge role and is an outstanding special teams player." Sprague moved from CB to S this season and is a gunner on Miami's punt coverage team. "He's a consummate team guy," Hoeppner said. "He's a valuable asset right now."
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