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Lamar Miller, RB

School: Miami (Fla.)  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Sophomore  |  Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 212 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6142
Selected 4th Rnd
Miami Dolphins
97th Pick Overall
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04/30/2012 - This is the first time since 1991 that the Dolphins have selected a pair of Miami Hurricanes in the same draft when fourth round pick Lamar Miller got added to Olivier Vernon's third-round selection on Friday. In '91, Miami used its first-round selection (23rd overall) on wide receiver Randall Hill and its eighth-rounder (220th overall) on defensive back Roland Smith. "I was upset at first, but now I'm happy with where I'm at," Miller said, addressing his slide down the draft board, which had a lot to do with his surgically repaired left shoulder. "I'm going to make the best of it. I don't regret anything. I'm just ready to put the team on the map." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 4/97 - Lamar Miller, RB, 5-10, 212, Miami...Miller's 4.3 speed should add an electrifying element to Miami's offense in time. The Dolphins liked this tailback, who starred in their own backyard so much they traded up in the fourth round to select the top-50 rated prospect, giving up a sixth-round pick in 2012 and one in 2013 to get him. - The Sports Xchange

04/03/2012 - NFL DRAFT CONCERNS: RB Lamar Miller, Miami: Scouts will tell you that Miller could slip on draft day because he's only started at Miami for one season. Another reason is because some worry that he'll struggle to handle a complicated playbook. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/08/2012 - Lamar Miller knows there's many draft experts who believe he is not going to be selected in the first round of next month's draft. He thinks they're wrong. The former Miami running back was part of the Hurricanes' annual Pro Day on Thursday, skipping the 40-yard dash but taking part in other workouts. And afterward, Miller said he still believes leaving school and giving up on his final two years of eligibility will ultimately pay off for him. "I feel that I am a first-round guy," Miller said. "I'm not doubting himself at all." Miller checked in at 5-foot-11, 213 pounds. He left Miami after his redshirt sophomore season in which he ran for 1,272 yards and nine touchdowns. "He's still got some developing to do," said former Miami running backs coach Tommie Robinson, now on staff with the Arizona Cardinals. "I think his best days are ahead of him." Given Miami's rich history in the NFL draft, it's typical for all 32 NFL teams to be represented at the Hurricanes' pro day, and Thursday was no exception. Miami was 6-6 last season, choosing to pass on going to a bowl game in advance of expected sanctions from the NCAA for compliance policy violations. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland were among the notable NFL types looking on Thursday, as was former Hurricanes coach Butch Davis, now on the staff of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Former Hurricanes Antrel Rolle, Reggie Wayne, Orlando Franklin, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Spencer Adkins also made appearances. "It just shows the family bond that you have here at the University of Miami," former Hurricanes quarterback Jacory Harris said. - AP Sports

03/08/2012 - Miami Pro Day: The Miami Hurricanes might not have any first-round prospects, but they have a solid group of draftable players, including three Top 100 prospects according to NFLDraftScout.com, who drew 66 scouts from the NFL and CFL to Thursday's Pro Day. The Hurricanes have been known for their strong support from alumni as well, and NFL players Jimmy Graham, Reggie Wayne, Santana Moss, Antrel Rolle, Matt Bosher, Orlando Franklin, Richard Gordon and DeMarcus Van Dyke took in the workout as well, according to the school's website. The main draw is running back Lamar Miller, who is battling with former ACC foe David Wilson to be the second back off the board behind Alabama's Trent Richardson. Miller skipped the 40-yard dash after running a blistering 4.4 at the Scouting Combine, but he did post a 35.5-inch vertical jump and a 6.94-second L Drill. He's currently the No. 40 overall prospect according to NFLDraftScout.com ratings. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 43. *Lamar Miller, RB, Miami, 5-11, 212, 2...After doing well in his only full year as a starter, Miller has decided to enter the draft although many scouts think he needs to learn a little more in college. But with an eye on the cash and a concern over getting beat up in college, he is convinced it is, as teammates call him, "Miller Time." He is a tough runner with deceptive second-gear acceleration, both of which serve him well as a kickoff returner. In his only full season as a starter last year, Miller finished second in the ACC with 1,272 yards rushing on 227 carries with nine touchdowns. The third-year sophomore's career included 1,918 yards, 335 carries, 15 touchdowns, 28 catches for 181 yards, and 15 kickoff returns for 376 yards and his most memorable college play, a dazzling 88-yard return for a touchdown against Ohio State in 2010. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/12/2012 - Golden said he expects to sign approximately 30 players on national signing day Feb. 1, with "a minimum of seven" enrolling at UM next week and eligible for spring practice. That means more than one-third of the team will be newcomers. The heavy influx of freshmen is necessary thanks, in part, to the decision of five underclassmen - running back Lamar Miller, receiver Tommy Streeter, offensive lineman Brandon Washington, defensive end Olivier Vernon and defensive tackle Marcus Forston - to enter the NFL draft. Golden admitted Thursday that he was "surprised" by the departures of some underclassmen, especially because they made decisions without waiting to hear their draft status from an NFL advisory committee. Among the five, only Miller seems likely to be selected in the first round. "It was a month in advance of the NFL deadline," Golden said. "In 15 years of coaching, I've never seen that." Golden said he also wasn't expecting the NCAA to reject starting defensive lineman Adewale Ojomo's bid for a sixth season of eligibility. With the loss of Ojomo, the Hurricanes will have to replace six defensive linemen, all of who started at least one game in 2011. - Jorge Milian, The Palm Beach Post

12/12/2011 - Miami RB Lamar Miller is leaving early for the NFL draft, a source told CBS. Miller had a breakout season for the Canes this fall, rushing for 1272 yards (the third-most in UM history in a single season) and nine touchdowns. He leaves UM with two seasons of eligibility remaining. The 5-11, 216-pound back with sprinter speed blossomed this year after learning to become a more patient runner. Miller explained before the season that because he was in such a rush to trying and make something happen that he struggled to let plays develop. The difference in his performance was dramatic. He went over 100 yards seven times this season as UM's feature back. In 2010, he ran for 646 yards and six TDs as a redshirt freshman, while also shining as a kick returner. Miller is expected by many draft analysts to be a first-round pick. He figures to test very well in the pre-draft workout settings. He is considered one of the fastest players in the Miami program and is expected to clock in the 4.3 range in the 40. Miller is the third underclassmen to declare early for the NFL draft, joining WR Tommy Streeter and DT Marcus Forston. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

12/12/2011 - Miami running back Lamar Miller is skipping his final two seasons of college eligibility and entering the NFL draft. Miller's decision was announced by the school on Monday. Miller ran for 1,272 yards as a redshirt sophomore this season, becoming the first Miami back to top the 1,000-yard mark since 2002. He becomes the third Miami underclassman to announce he's leaving early, joining wide receiver Tommy Streeter and defensive lineman Marcus Forston. Miller had said he would only consider leaving school if he was assured of being a first-round selection. Miami coach Al Golden previously said Miller would need offseason shoulder surgery, so it's unclear when he will be able to work out for teams before the draft. - AP Sports

11/05/2011 - Lamar Miller ran for two touchdowns and became Miami's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2002, Jacory Harris passed for three first-half scores and the Hurricanes scored on their first five possessions to roll past Duke 49-14 on Saturday. Miller finished with 147 yards, giving him 1,016 for the season-the first Hurricane since Willis McGahee to reach that mark. Mike James also ran for two touchdowns for Miami (5-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which got scoring catches from Tommy Streeter, Phillip Dorsett and Chase Ford. Sean Renfree completed 19 of 25 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown, plus rushed for another score for Duke (3-6, 1-4). The Blue Devils lost for the 44th time in their last 48 ACC road games. "I thought we played all four quarters and in all three phases," Miami coach Al Golden said. "Real pleased with the effort." Miller-who predicted earlier in the week that he would reach the mark Saturday-topped the 1,000-yard barrier in style. Only six yards from the plateau, he took off on a 22-yard touchdown run with 8:56 left, a score that gave Miami its highest point total against a major-college opponent since beating Virginia 52-17 on Nov. 7, 2009. He also had a 3-yard TD run in the third quarter for the Hurricanes, who are 7-0 against Duke since joining the ACC. Harris completed 14 of 20 passes for 202 yards for Miami, which rolled up 467 yards. Miami ran for 265 yards on just 39 tries. "Everybody's been working hard this whole week," Harris said. "We've been putting in the work to get better." - AP Sports

10/27/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Virginia at Miami, Oct. 27 The Cavaliers are coming off a surprising loss to North Carolina State in their last outing and are 4-3 on the season. The wins include a three-point decision over Georgia Tech on Oct. 15. KEYS TO THE GAME: Play an efficient game. The Hurricanes need to control the clock with their ground game and not make critical turnovers, especially at their end of the field. Virginia's defense is holding opponents to just over 138 rushing yards a game. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Lamar Miller - After rushing for better than 100 yards in each of his first five games, the sophomore has been held to 122 total yards in the last two games combined. But he still is a threat to break off a big run at any moment. - The Sports Xchange

10/22/2011 - JoJo Nicholas recovered a fumbled punt for a touchdown plus added an interception, Lamar Miller ran for 93 yards and a score and Miami's banged-up defense was dominant as the Hurricanes topped No. 20 Georgia Tech 24-7 on Saturday. Mike James also had a touchdown run for Miami (4-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won consecutive games for the first time this season and has now beaten Georgia Tech three straight times. Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2) came into Saturday averaging 517 yards of offense this season. The Yellow Jackets got only 211 on Saturday, their lowest total since a loss to Iowa in the Orange Bowl after the 2009 season. Since the start of the 2009 season, Georgia Tech has rushed for less than 200 yards only three times-all of them at Sun Life Stadium. The Yellow Jackets got 95 yards on the ground when they visited Miami in 2009, ran for 143 at the end of that season in the Orange Bowl, and then managed 134 against the Hurricanes on Saturday. Jacory Harris threw for 140 yards on only 8-of-23 passing for Miami. The Hurricanes won easily anyway. - AP Sports

10/01/2011 - Lamar Miller ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns, Tommy Streeter caught two scoring passes and Miami used a series of quick scores to shake off a dreadful early start and beat Bethune-Cookman 45-14 on Saturday. All five of Miami's offensive touchdown drives took under 2 minutes -- two of them checking in at 10 seconds or less. Jacory Harris completed 12 of 17 passes for 175 yards for Miami (2-2). Bethune-Cookman (2-2) was facing a major-college opponent for the first time in its 86-year history, and took an early 7-0 lead when Jackie Wilson found Eddie Poole with a 1-yard touchdown pass. The Wildcats kept that edge until midway through the second quarter, when Miami got touchdowns from Streeter and Miller to take the lead for good. The final score said blowout. In actuality, it was anything but. For 22 minutes, Bethune-Cookman seemed like too much for Miami to handle. Bethune-Cookman quarterback Jackie Wilson completed 21 of 31 passes for 180 yards. The Wildcats held nearly a 2-to-1 edge in time of possession and outgained Miami 422-335. - AP Sports

09/22/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Kansas State at Miami, Sept. 24 - The Wildcats come in as the nation's leading defensive team, holding opponents to just seven points in two games and an average of 164 yards in total offense a game. But those statistics were compiled against FCS foe Eastern Kentucky and Kent State, hardly challenging opponents. KEYS TO THE GAME: Contain K-State QB Collin Klein. He is a bigger threat on the ground, leading the Wildcats in rushing (217) yards but throwing for only 202 yards in two games. Avoiding turnovers - especially interceptions - is critical for Miami's offense. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Lamar Miller has given the Hurricanes a threat to break a big play in the running game. He had a 54-yard run in his first carry against Ohio State and leads the ACC in rushing at 151.5 yard per game. - The Sports Xchange

09/22/2011 - Ohio State's pride in its rushing defense took a big hit from the Hurricanes. Miami sophomore Lamar Miller gouged the Buckeyes for 184 yards with 116 coming in the first quarter. He galloped 54 yards on his first carry to get well on his way to becoming just the second 100-yard rusher against the Buckeyes in the last 25 games. In all, Miami rushed for 240 yards, averaging 5.7 per carry. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I tripped over myself and tried to get my balance, but I couldn't get it." - Sophomore RB Lamar Miller, who may have gotten into the end zone on his 54-yard run had he not tripped getting past the secondary, which slowed him and allowed defenders to catch him at the Ohio State nine-yard line. - The Sports Xchange

09/22/2011 - LOOKING GOOD: The Hurricanes churned out 240 yards rushing with sophomore TB Lamar Miller getting chunks of 54, 25, 19, and 16 yards on his way to a 184-yard night. Miami's defense held Ohio State to 4-of-18 passing for a meager 35 yards and had one interception and a fumble recovery. Miller posted career highs for carries and yards with his 16 runs for 184 yards against Ohio State. His previous highs were 22 runs against Maryland last year and 163 yards against Virginia Tech, also in 2010. - The Sports Xchange

09/18/2011 - Ohio State interim coach Luke Fickell was hoping his team would start quickly, avoid giving up big plays and take advantage of any opportunities Miami provided. The Buckeyes failed on all counts, and now are in danger of slipping out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in nearly seven years. Lamar Miller ran for 188 yards -- 54 on Miami's first play from scrimmage - and Jacory Harris threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to Allen Hurns, helping the Hurricanes top No. 17 Ohio State 24-6 on Saturday night in a matchup of teams dealing with NCAA scandals. Miami outgained Ohio State 363-209 and held the Buckeyes to an abysmal 4 of 18, 35-yard passing performance by quarterbacks Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller. "We've got to do a better job all around," Fickell said. "They made a lot more plays than we did and ultimately that's what the game came down to." - AP Sports

09/15/2011 - TOP 10 MOST EXCITING PLAYERS IN COLLEGE: 7-Lamar Miller, Miami, RB-KR: A decorated prep sprinter, Miller doesn't look like he's slowed down since muscling up to 216 pounds this offseason. He was a blur when he bolted through the Maryland defense for a 41-yard touchdown run in UM's opener. In the past year, Miller has learned to be more than just a speed back, becoming more patient as a runner since he now knows he'll get plenty of carries and doesn't feel like he has to hit a home run every time he touches the ball. He's also a dangerous kick returner and is #3 in the nation in all-purpose yards per game at 222. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/05/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Turning the ball over has been a problem the last two years, which could lead the Hurricanes to cut back from the hellbent-for-leather approach they had under the previous staff. They also look to run the ball more with RBs Lamar Miller and Mike James. Who directs the offense remains open with senior QB Jacory Harris, who reportedly has eligibility issues to deal with, and sophomore QB Stephen Morris in close competition. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2011 - BREAKOUT STAR: RB Lamar Miller brings excitement every time he touches the football. He has great breakaway speed but also has the strength to get yards between the tackles. With Mike James to provide solid depth, Miller has the opportunity to stay fresh throughout the game, making him even more dangerous. - The Sports Xchange

07/19/2011 - 2011 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Lamar Miller (So.), Miami, has been named one of 52 running backs selected to the 2011 Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. During his 2010 rookie campaign, the Miami native led the team in both rushing touchdowns (six) and in yards per carry among backs with 10 or more carries (6.0). His 163 yards against Virginia Tech marked a season-high for the team, and he was twice named the ACC Rookie of the Week, following both the Florida A&M and Virginia Tech games. Miller also stacked up well against his conference counterparts in 2010. His 58.7 yards per game ranked eighth in the ACC, while his 86.8 yards-per-game average against ACC schools was third best in the league. Despite a bevy of talented running backs in Miami's storied history, Miller would become not only the first Cane to ever receive the Doak Walker Award, but the first ACC player and the first player from a Florida university to be given the honor. - Miami football

05/10/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: RB Lamar Miller will head up a deep running back contingent in 2010. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry in backing up Damien Berry last year and also has the speed to break off a big play. He had an 88-yard kickoff return against Ohio State. - The Sports Xchange

 
 
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04/30/2012 - This is the first time since 1991 that the Dolphins have selected a pair of Miami Hurricanes in the same draft when fourth round pick Lamar Miller got added to Olivier Vernon's third-round selection on Friday. In '91, Miami used its first-round selection (23rd overall) on wide receiver Randall Hill and its eighth-rounder (220th overall) on defensive back Roland Smith. "I was upset at first, but now I'm happy with where I'm at," Miller said, addressing his slide down the draft board, which had a lot to do with his surgically repaired left shoulder. "I'm going to make the best of it. I don't regret anything. I'm just ready to put the team on the map." - The Sports Xchange

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