The Miami Mustangs know they have some issues. This draft they seem to be going after players to help rectify that problem. First off was the offensive line. The Offensive line gave up 50 sacks in their season. They also only had 1552 total rushing yards. “We need to be able to give our running backs a chance to hit the open field. we didn’t do that this season.” Say head coach John Fox. Si the Mustangs first and second pick of the rookie draft addressed that issue. ” We knew we had a big problem so we set out to fix that issue”
The first pick was offensive Guard Beau Benzschawel from Wisconsin. This Consensus All-American should be a great addition to the Mustangs front line. The 6’6″ 315 lb Guard almost came out of college in 2018 but decided to stay at Wisconsin and finish out his senior year. “We expect Beau to be a starter very quickly for the Mustangs”
The second pick of the 2019 rookie draft was Nate Trewyn, C, Wisconsin-Whitewater. He maybe from a smaller school but this kid has skills and looks to be a great addition to the Mustangs. Last years starter Tim Barnes signed with the Houston Wranglers. “We needed a center to anchor the OL Trewyn is the guy we think will be that guy ” Trewyn attended Minnesota State University-Mankato. where he started all 12 regular season games in 2015. He then transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In 2018, Trewyn was named First Team All-American and won the Rimington Award for the top center in Division III. He participated at the pro day for Wisconsin.
The Mustangs also needed to address the loss of some key defensive players. With Billy Winn, Sio Moore and Erik Walden all gone the Mustangs needed help at the LB position. so they went after Azeez Al-Shaair, LB, Florida Atlantic and Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke
Al-Shaair was a four year starter at linebacker for the Florida Atlantic Owls. As a freshman, Al-Shaair was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team and named a Freshman All-American after recording a team-leading 94 tackles (7.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks, two passes broken up and a forced fumble. He again led the Owls in tackles as a sophomore with 113 (12 for loss) and returned an interception for a touchdown and was named honorable mention All-Conference USA. As a junior, Al-Shaair lead Conference USA with 147 tackles (11 for loss) along with 2.5 sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble and was named first team all conference. He entered his senior year on the Butkus Award watchlist but tore his ACL in an October practice, ending his final season after six games.
Joe Giles-Harris a three-year letterman (2016-17-18) … team captain in 2018 … recipient of the program’s Carmen Falcone MVP award as Duke’s most outstanding player in 2017 … three-time recipient of the team’s Vincent Rey Award as the team’s top linebacker, sharing the 2016 and 2018 accolade with Ben Humphreys … three-time All-ACC honoree (HM – 2016; first team – 2017-18) … became Duke’s first linebacker with two first team All-ACC honors since Mike Junkin in 1985 and 1986 … All-America selection in 2017 by the Walter Camp Foundation (2nd team), CBS Sports (3rd), Phil Steele (3rd) and College Football News (HM) … one of 18 semifinalists for the 2017 Chuck Bednarik Award, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive player by the Maxwell Football Club … first team Freshman All-America pick by Athlon Sports, Campus Insiders and USA Today in 2016 … three-time ACC Linebacker of the Week (vs. North Carolina , vs. Virginia , vs. Georgia Tech ) … two-time Academic All-ACC selection (2016 & 2018) … in 34 career games (34 starts), recorded 313 tackles, 32.5 TFL, 9.5 sacks, two INTs, eight PBUs, one caused fumble, one fumble recovery and 15 QB pressures … missed the final four games of the 2018 season due to a knee injury sustained in Duke’s victory at Miami … became the 20th Blue Devil to reach 300 career tackles with a 10-tackle performance at Pittsburgh in 2018 … in the Duke career record book, finished career ranking tied for ninth in seasons with 100+ tackles (2), 10th in TFL and 19th in total tackles … became the fifth player in Blue Devil history to amass 300+ tackles and 30.0+ TFL, joining Junkin (513 tackles & 36.0 TFL; 1984-87), Ryan Fowler (495 tackles & 47.5 TFL; 2000-03), Michael Tauiliili (434 tackles & 46.0 TFL; 2005-08) and Jeremy Cash (333 tackles & 38.0 TFL; 2013-15) … the first Blue Devil to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons since Fowler (2000-01-02) … finished with 32 games with 4+ tackles including a career-high 16 stops against North Carolina in 2016 … totaled 14 career games with 10+ tackles … posted career averages of 9.21 tackles per game and 10.62 tackles per game versus ACC opponents (223 tackles in 21 games) … booked multiple TFL in nine games including a career-high 3.5 stops for lost yardage against Virginia in 2017 … played 2,326 career snaps.