Tag:Jonathan Miller
Posted on: September 13, 2011 1:50 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Sooners backup RB Jermie Calhoun to transfer

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Most of the time, statistically speaking, recruiting gurus get it right when they rank teams and players. But sometimes, there's an inevitable swing and a miss--and with his official transfer out of the Oklahoma program, running back Jermie Calhoun will go down as one of those misses.

A product of Ben Wheeler, Texas and a consensus five-star recruit, Calhoun was named to multiple high school All-American lists and was generally considered one of the top 25 prospects at any position in the class of 2008. He chose the Sooners over a variety of high-profile offers from across the country (though, notably, not one from Texas, reportedly) and was expected to make an immediate impact in the Oklahoma backfield.

That impact, unfortunately, never arrived. Calhoun redshirted in 2008, then saw spot duty in 2009 with 45 carries and 220 rushing yards. That would wind up being Calhoun's best season in Norman; he carried the ball only 11 times in 2010, averaging exactly 2 yards per-carry, before tearing his ACL. Calhoun had yet to touch the ball this season.

With junior walk-on Dominique Whaley storming to the top of the Sooner depth chart and various other talented backs in front of him, Calhoun elected to move on. Fellow running back Jonathan Miller also left the program in recent weeks. There is no word where Calhoun might choose as his transfer destination.

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: August 24, 2011 11:26 am
 

Oklahoma RB arrested for not paying fines

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma
running back Jonathan Miller was arrested last week for not paying traffic fines.

Miller was originally pulled over in September of 2010 and charged with a misdemeanor of driving without a license. Not a big deal, and Miller then went to court in December and ordered to pay a fine of $394. Being a broke college kid, Miller wasn't able to make that payment, so he set up a payment plan with the court.

A payment plan he didn't stick to.

After not sending in payment in March, Miller was ordered to appear in court again in April to settle the $160 he still owed. Well, Miller didn't show up to that hearing, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The good news for Miller is that Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said he doesn't suspend players "for traffic tickets." Which is fine, but I feel like somebody should point out to Stoops that Miller didn't get arrested for a traffic ticket. He was arrested because he didn't hold up his end of an agreement to pay for the fine, and then he ditched a court appearance.
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:35 am
 

Colorado, Syracuse players arrested after robbery

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's not often two college football players from FBS programs on different sides of the country join up to do anything noteworthy, much less commit a robbery. But that's allegedly the case for two high school teammates from Colorado and Syracuse.

Now former Buffalo offensive lineman Bryce Givens and Orange sophomore quarterback Jonathan Miller were arrested by Boulder police early Wednesday morning and charged with robbery. Miller was also charged with third-degree assault. The two knew each other as teammates at Denver's Mullen High School.

According to police, the victim reported being confronted by two men at 3:30 a.m. in Boulder. Miller is believed by police to have punched the victim in the face before the pair took his cell phone and cash and fled. Givens and Miller were later arrested and eventually freed on bond.

While there's been no official word yet from Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone, Buffs first-year head coach Jon Embree -- having already suspended Givens in the spring following a vandalism arrest -- wasted no time in dismissing his former tackle from the team. "That ship has sailed," Embree said Thursday morning.

Though neither were major contributors in 2010, Miller has been touted by many as the Orange's quarterback of the future--an honor that is surely in doubt after Wednesday's events.


Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Spring Practice Primer: Oklahoma

Posted by Tom Fornelli

College Football has no offseason. Every coach knows that the preparation for September begins now, in Spring Practice . So we here at the Eye on College Football  will get you ready as teams open spring ball with our Spring Practice Primers . Today, we look at Oklahoma , who started spring practice on Monday . 

Spring Practice Question: Will Oklahoma replace DeMarco Murray with a committee of backs, or will one man emerge with the job? 

There are going to be a lot of expectations on the Oklahoma Sooners heading into 2011. Though we're a long time away from the first preseason polls of the year, and we all know that preseason polls are utterly useless, a lot of folks seem to think that Oklahoma will begin the season as the top-ranked team in the country. Which makes sense.

The Sooners are coming off another Big 12 title and a win in the Fiesta Bowl, and they're also getting back two of the best offensive players in the country in quarterback Landry Jones and wide receiver Ryan Broyles.

A nice duo for new co-offensive coordinators Josh Huepel and Jay Norvell to have at their disposal as the replace Kevin Wilson, who took the head coaching job at Indiana. What won't be so easy for them to do is find a replacement for running back DeMarco Murray.

In his four years with the Sooners, Murray produced 5,256 yards and 63 touchdowns rushing and receiving. That's not the kind of production you can just replace. So who will be the man to pick up where Murray left off?

Well, odds are that it won't be just one back doing so, but rather a committee. Roy Finch did a nice job backing Murray up in 2010 as a freshman, but also had to miss the Fiesta Bowl with a stress fracture. Considering he's only 5'8 and 180 pounds, durability has to be a concern for Finch. Odds are that he won't be able to carry the load by himself, which will open the door for one of Oklahoma's other backs.

Going in to camp Brennan Clay is listed at number one on the running back depth chart, but he only carried the ball 36 times for 127 yards as a freshman. There's also Jermie Calhoun, Jonathan Miller and Iowa transfer Brandon Wegher who could take some carries this season.

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Still, if I had to place money on who I think would emerge from all these backs as the featured guy, it wouldn't be any of those players I've already named. What's incredibly telling about what the Sooners would like to see happen this spring, incoming freshman Brandon Williams, who just enrolled this semester, is listed behind Clay on the depth chart.


Williams, a 6'1 188-pound running back out of Royal High School in Brookshire, Texas, may have been the crown jewel of Oklahoma's 2011 recruiting class. He'll also get a chance to win the starting job this spring, which is why he enrolled early.

During his junior and senior seasons at Royal, Williams rushed for 4,253 yards and 47 touchdowns. He also caught 47 passes for 656 yards and 6 more touchdowns. That's some DeMarco Murray-like production right there.

Of course, there's a difference between the Big 12 and high school football, even in the state of Texas, so whether or not Williams is able to handle the job at Oklahoma remains to be seen. Especially when you consider that it's national title or bust in Norman.

Whether or not he'll be able to handle it we'll begin to learn this spring. So while there are plenty of things to keep an eye on with the Sooners this spring, I have a feeling that most eyes will be on Williams.
 
 
 
 
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