When the Herd defense takes the field Saturday against the Miami Redhawks, they’ll be wanting to get themselves intimately aquatinted with quarterback Andrew Hendrix. In fact, transfer Ricardo Williams is planning a party in the backfield.
Hendrix is taking over the quarterback position for a Miami team that was winless last year and was one of the worst teams in the country in almost every respect of the game. At 9.8 points a game last season, it isn’t as if the Redhawks could do much worse. They have a new coach in Chuck Martin and four returning offensive linemen to protect Hendrix, but again, this was a really bad offense last year with. That may not be so great cause the allowed just over four sacks a game.
But Hendrix was a five star recruit coming out of high school when he joined Notre Dame, but after a few seasons playing back up for the Irish, where he completed 25 of 58 passes for 360 yards with 1 touchdown and two interceptions. He also had 229 yards rushing a pair of touchdowns on the ground. He’s shown the ability to run but like many quarterbacks his accuracy suffered in the process. If Martin brings the same style of offense to the Red Hawks, it is a 50/50 split between the running and passing game. But considering how poor starting tailback Spencer Treadwell had only 171 yards and a touchdown last year, Martin may call on Hendrix to use his arm more often.
No matter if it is the arms or legs, it also looks like he’s added muscle, or at least defintion in the weight room this offseason.
— Miami Strength (@MiamiOHStrength) August 5, 2014
It also looks like he can hit a quidditch target… I think that’s what that was. (See 0:27)
According to Sports on Earth’s Matt Brown he was out matched on the depth chart at Notre Dame, but has a good chance of bring respectability back to Miami’s offense.
Hendrix has been buried on the Notre Dame depth chart his entire career, whether it was behind Tommy Rees or Everett Golson, and there was no way he’d see the field as a senior, with Golson back from suspension and the touted Malik Zaire pushing him. So Hendrix made a practical graduate transfer move to the RedHawks, following Fighting Irish offensive coordinator Chuck Martin, who’s now the head coach in Oxford. After losing the solid Zac Dysert following the 2012 season, the Miami passing offense plummeted from 22nd nationally to 121st. Needless to say, it shouldn’t be difficult for Hendrix to win the job, especially given that, despite being a newcomer, he’s the only one familiar with the offense. Getting playing time is one thing, though; actually leading the RedHawks to success is another. They finished 0-12 last year, as one of only two teams that couldn’t even average 10 points per game.
Miami may have been catastrophically bad last season, but Hendrix has a chance to right the ship.