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Roy Miller

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 310 | College: Texas
 
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Overview

Short in stature, but long on talent, Miller is one of the strongest players in college football. The former prep power-lifter holds all of the Longhorns' top numbers in the weight room, boasting a 500-pound bench press, 625-pound squat and 365-pound power clean.

Miller emerged during his senior year after taking over left defensive tackle duties. Teaming with defensive end Brian Orakpo, that left side tandem registered 58 quarterback pressures for Texas during the 2008 campaign. It was the first time that he served as a full-time starter, having answered the opening whistle just six times during his first 36 games.

With Miller's father a member of the U.S. Army, he moved around a bit as a youth. He was born in Fort Lewis, Washington before moving to Fort Eustis two years later. In 1997, the family again relocated, settling in Killeen, Texas, where Miller excelled at Shoemaker High School.

Miller was a two-time All-State and three-time All-District performer at defensive tackle and also played some offensive tackle. The All-Area Defensive MVP recorded 111 tackles with 10 sacks, 17 stops for loss, 19 pressures, six pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries, returning one 43 yards for a touchdown as a senior at Shoemaker. In three seasons, the team captain collected 264 tackles with 24 sacks.

Miller was named captain in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and finished second in the voting for Game MVP honors. He also lettered four times as a power-lifter and twice in track. He placed eighth in the state in the power-lifting championship as a junior. In track, he competed in the shot put and discus. He was a three-time Academic All-District pick and named to the National Honor Roll as a junior.

In 2005, Miller saw reserve action at both defensive tackle positions for Texas. The freshman posted seven tackles (2 solos). As a sophomore, injuries saw Miller start the final six games, lining up vs. Baylor at left defensive tackle before shifting to the right side for the balance of the schedule. He went on to record 27 tackles (17 solos) with 3.5 sacks and 4.5 stops for loss.

Miller returned to reserve duty in 2007, playing mostly behind Derek Lokey at left tackle for 13 games. He collected 24 tackles (14 solos) with a sack, adding 5.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, one pressure and a fumble recovery. He was also a member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll.

Looked upon to fill the leadership void in 2008, Miller was more than willing to assume those responsibilities, both on and off the field. Away from the game, he was very active in UT's community service program. He played host to 150 middle school students at Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center and spoke at his middle school and high school in Killeen.

Miller is part of a group of Longhorns that regularly visits patients at the Austin Children's Hospital, and participated in A Hero's Tribute by welcoming troops back to Fort Hood after being stationed overseas. He has also participated in reading and mentoring at local elementary and middle schools and counseling at a local youth center.

In his final season as a Longhorn, Miller earned All-Big 12 Conference second-team honors. Starting all 13 games at left defensive tackle, he ranked sixth on the team with 42 tackles (24 solos), adding 5.5 sacks, 10.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and seven quarterback pressures. He was also named the Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP.

Analysis

Positives: Short, squatty frame. … Good lower-leg drive and use of leverage to hold up as a nose guard. … Can anchor against the double-team and create a pile. … Flashes some initial and lateral quickness as a pass rusher. … Quick hands and impressive upper-body strength to disengage from blocks and make tackles at the point of attack. … Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter. … High-effort player who will pursue down the line. … Physical player who has value as a short-yardage fullback or wedge-buster on special teams. … Helped himself with solid week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game.

Negatives: Limited athlete who lacks the size and agility to offer much more than what he's asked as a run-plugging nose guard. … Needs an open lane to close and has only short-area quickness. … Offers very little in terms of a traditional pass rush. … Creates penetration behind the line of scrimmage due to his stout frame, but most of his plays are made based on hustle.

Compares To: KELLY GREGG, Baltimore -- Like Gregg, Miller is more of a two-gap type but is trapped in a squat nose guard's body. He has exceptional strength and can create a good surge off the ball, but does not have the speed to chase down quarterbacks from the backside. He has a strong hand jolt to separate and fend off blocks and uses that punch to shed with authority. He lacks any pass rush moves and just marginal-to-adequate lateral agility. He fails to recover and change direction in pursuit. He is a good wrap-up tackler at the point of attack, but when chasing on the edge he reaches and overextends, causing him to slip off some tackles.

Scouting Report

GENERAL REPORT: GRADE: 6.22

Body Structure: Miller has a thick body frame with room for additional growth. He has smooth muscle development, good-sized legs and calves and adequate arm length. He might look squat, but his frame shows excellent lower body power and thickness, exactly what you look for in a stay-at-home nose guard candidate.

Athletic Ability: Miller is a defensive tackle, but seems to have better success when he tilts over to play nose guard. He is an adequate athlete with good quickness off the snap, but does not have the acceleration for long pursuit. He has adequate agility to adjust on the move, but plays better in a stationary position at the point of attack. He has the outstanding strength to hold ground when he plays at a good pad level. He looks stiff working his way down the line, but plays with a high motor and good effort. GRADE: 5.7

Football Sense: Miller is a highly intelligent player who has garnered academic honors throughout his college and prep careers. On the field, he plays with a high motor and good effort, showing adequate ability to read and react. He can recognize blocking schemes, but does get fooled a bit by play-action. Still, he understands the playbook well. GRADE: 6.4

Character: Miller is a hard worker who will do whatever it takes to get better. He is smart, well-liked and a pillar in the community, doing a lot of work at local schools. He comes from a military family that is very supportive and has no off-field issues. GRADE: 7.0

Competitiveness: The thing you have to like about Miller is that he keeps fighting until the play is over. He will always give total effort and has the size to occupy multiple blockers. He has a knack for making big plays in clutch situations. One concern that teams might have is with his lack of athleticism, outside of his power, as it prevents him from generating much lateral movement or change of direction skills, but he works hard to compensate. GRADE: 6.0

Work Habits: Miller is the type that pushes himself to improve. He is very easy to coach and has a strong work ethic. He has taken on the leadership role with this young team and with his strength, offenses must account for him on every play. GRADE: 6.0

ATHLETIC REPORT: GRADE: 5.50

Explosion/Pursuit: Miller flashes adequate initial quickness on ball movement, but lacks the suddenness to gain advantage. He plays with a very high motor and good strength, making him a terror to contain in the short area. While he likes to loop and twist, his lack of speed prevents him from getting much production doing this. His first step off the ball is not effective, even when he stays low in his pads. He does have enough leg drive to beat the single block and get gap penetration, traits that make him better suited for nose guard. GRADE: 5.1

Strength at Point: Miller's strength and base gives him the ability to play with leverage. When he gets high at the line, he will get pushed back by the double team as he gets tied up and struggles to disengage. He is very combative with his hands, especially vs. down and single blocks. When he fires low off the snap, his surge lets him come off blocks to get a free lane to the ball. GRADE: 6.5

Use of Hands: While Miller has a strong punch, he does not bring his hands up quick enough to prevent blockers from getting into his chest. He has the hand punch to jolt and shock the blocker, but vs. low blocks he does not extend well enough to fend the attack off. He gets good position vs. single blocks when attempting to separate, but he gets tied up and washed out vs. combo blocks. GRADE: 5.7

Lateral Pursuit/Effort: Miller is not the type of athlete that can move sideline to sideline. He has just a decent burst to close, but lacks the speed to run down plays in long pursuit. He tries to compensate for a lack of change of direction agility and sustained speed with his high motor, but effort does not generate production when operating in space. GRADE: 5.0

Tackling Ability: When Miller brings his hands up to wrap and secure, he will generally make contact with the ball carrier. However, when he tries to take a side he will slip off a few tackles. He has the strength to face up strike and wrap, but needs to improve his awareness to get himself into position to make the play in the short area (fooled by play-action). GRADE: 5.6

Run Defense: When Miller gets his anchor set, few blockers can move him off his base. At the point of attack, he can make the tackle but is not as effective when he has to give pursuit. He keeps his pads down to gain position and does a good job of wrapping and securing, as few ball carriers will gain forward momentum when Miller makes the hit. GRADE: 6.1

Pass Rush: Miller is not the guy you want to use as a pass rusher. He has few, if any, pass rush moves and while he can get a decent push, he is more of a bull rusher. He can get initial penetration, but labors when he has to pursue and adjust to close on the quarterback in the backfield. GRADE: 5.0

Closing on the QB: This is another area Miller is lacking in. Texas greatly padded his stats, claiming he had 43 QB pressures, but in review of tapes it was actually only eight. He knows that he lacks closing speed and is not really used much to chase down the quarterback because of it. Even when he generates that extra surge, he does not have the acceleration to get to the passer. GRADE: 4.9

Instincts/Recognition: Miller does a decent job reading and reacting to the run, using his power to get off blocks and tackle in the short area. His problem happens when he has to adjust on the move. Even though he is book smart, he is susceptible to fakes and play-action. GRADE: 5.6

Compares To: KELLY GREGG, Baltimore -- Like Gregg, Miller is more of a two-gap type but is trapped in a squat nose guard's body. He has exceptional strength and can create a good surge off the ball, but does not have the speed to chase down quarterbacks from the backside. He has a strong hand jolt to separate and fend off blocks and uses that punch to shed with authority. He lacks any pass rush moves and just marginal-to-adequate lateral agility. He fails to recover and change direction in pursuit. He is a good wrap-up tackler at the point of attack, but when chasing on the edge he reaches and overextends, causing him to slip off some tackles.

OVERALL GRADE: 5.62

--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas

Career Notes

Miller started 19 of 49 games at Texas; five at right defensive tackle and 14 at left tackle … Recorded 107 tackles (58 solos) with 10 sacks for minus 58 yards, 20.5 stops for losses of 108 yards and eight quarterback pressures … Caused and recovered a fumble … Also deflected five passes.

2008 Season

Earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors from the league's coaches and was a second-team choice by the Associated Press, Austin American-Statesman, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News and Waco Tribune-Herald … named the team's Most Productive Defensive Performer three times … Saw starting action in all thirteen games at left defensive end, recording 107 tackles (58 solos) with 5.5 sacks for minus 53 yards, 10.5 stops for losses of 68 yards and seven quarterback pressures … Deflected three passes and recovered one fumble … Helped the Longhorns rank first in the league in scoring defense (18.8 ppg/18th NCAA), total defense (342.9 ypg), rushing defense (83.5 ypg/third NCAA) and second in pass efficiency defense (124.2 rating) … Earned Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP honors … Was also used as a fullback for several games.

2008 Game Analysis

Florida Atlantic … Miller recorded three tackles, including one midway through the first quarter that stopped Willie Rush on a 3-yard run, as FAU then punted the ball away … Later in the fourth quarter, QB Rusty Smith tried to convert a fourth-&-1 bootleg, but Miller stuffed the passer for no gain … Head to Head Competition: OG#65-Brandon Jackson (6:03-270).

Texas-El Paso … Miller registered four tackles (3 solos), including two behind the line of scrimmage … He took down tailback Terrell Jackson for a 1-yard loss on a late first quarter run, leveled Jackson for no gain on another carry in the second quarter and then clobbered Vernon Frazier for a 4-yard loss on a rushing attempt in the third stanza … Head to Head Competition: OG#78-Cameron Raschke (6:04-330).

Rice … Miller recorded two tackles in the win over the Owls, including one that took down QB Chase Clement for no gain on a first-&-goal option run at the Longhorns' 2 and on fourth-&-goal, he joined defensive end in pressuring Clement into throwing an incomplete pass, leaving the Owls with no points to show for that 12-play, 77-yard drive … Head to Head Competition: OG#60-Jimmy Miller (6:03-305).

Arkansas … Miller added two tackles, stuffing Michael Smith for no gain on a run at the Texas 11, as the Razorbacks then settled for a 30-yard second quarter field goal … Head to Head Competition: OG#71-Wade Grayson (6:04-292).

Colorado … Miller collected eight tackles (3 solos), as he also contributed with a fumble recovery, two pass breakups and two quarterback pressures … He flushed QB Cody Hawkins out of the pocket on a third-&-17 incompletion, bringing out the Colorado punt unit late in the first quarter … His other pressure on Hawkins that produced another failed pass led to a missed 43-yard field goal try as time ran out in the first frame … A late second quarter series ended for Colorado after Miller batted down a third-&-5 pass by Hawkins …

The left tackle recovered a fumble by Hawkins at the Colorado 18 midway through the third quarter … Head to Head Competition: OG#66-Blake Behrens (6:03-296).

Missouri … Miller recorded three tackles, including one for a loss, as he captured receiver Jeremy Maclin on a reverse for a 7-yard loss on the game's opening series … Head to Head Competition: OG#76-Ryan Madison (6:05-309).

Texas Tech … Miller registered four tackles and his first sack of the season in the heart-breaking last minute 39-33 loss to the Red Raiders … He dropped QB Graham Harrell for a 9-yard loss on a third-&-4 snap on the game's opening possession, bringing out the Tech punting unit … Miller would later leave the game with a knee sprain … Head to Head Competition: OG#65-Louis Vasquez (6:06-336).

Baylor … The left defensive tackle created havoc in the Baylor backfield as he recorded two sacks and one pressure … He took down Robert Griffin on a 16-yard sack late in the second quarter and late in the third frame, Baylor was forced to punt after Miller sacked Griffin for minus 7 yards on a third-&-29 play … Head to Head Competition: OG#78-Chris Griesenbeck (6:06-271).

Kansas … Miller contributed three tackles, which included half a sack and 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage … He assisted in sacking Todd Reesing for a 12-yard loss on third-&-2 late in the second quarter, causing Kansas to punt … Head to Head Competition: OG#66-Adrian Mayes (6:03-303).

Ohio State (Fiesta Bowl) … Miller was named the game's Defensive MVP, as he posted three tackles and sacked QB Terrelle Pryor for an 8-yard loss, as OSU would then settle for a 44-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter … Head to Head Competition: OG#63-Ben Person (6:03-323).

2007 Season

Appeared in all thirteen games as a reserve defensive tackle, earning All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention from the league's coaches … earned UT's Joseph W. Moore Award for Tenacity … Helped the team allow just 93.4 rushing yards per game (sixth NCAA), as he recorded 24 tackles (20 solos), a 9-yard sack, 5.5 stops for losses of 19 yards and a quarterback pressure … Caused one fumble and deflected a pass.

2007 Game Analysis

Two of Miller's three tackles came behind the line of scrimmage, including a 9-yard sack of QB Kyle Israel in the Central Florida clash … Had three hits, including one that stopped Justin Hill for a 2-yard loss vs. Rice … Added three more hits vs. Kansas State and was in on four tackles, including one that stopped tailback Marlon Lucky for minus 2 yards vs. Nebraska … Leveled tailback Dantrell Savage for a 3-yard loss vs. Oklahoma State … Has three tackles, assisting on a stop behind the line of scrimmage vs. Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl.

2006 Season

Miller started the team's final six games, first lining up at left tackle vs. Baylor before he shifted to the right tackle slot … Played in all thirteen games, recording 27 tackles (15 solos) with 3.5 sacks for minus 30 yards and 4.5 stops for losses of 31 yards … Helped the team give up only 61.2 yards rushing per game (third NCAA), 297.4 yards per game (22nd NCAA) and 18.3 points per game (26th NCAA) … The 61.2 yards rushing per game ranks second on UT's all-time list.

2006 Game Analysis

Sacked QB Paul Thompson for a 7-yard loss and made two solo tackles vs. Oklahoma … Added a 10-yard sack of QB Shawn Bell vs. Baylor and collected four tackles (3 solos) with two stops behind the line of scrimmage, including an 8-yard sack of QB Graham Harrell vs. Texas Tech … Assisted in a 5-yard sack of QB Zac Taylor, adding three tackles vs. Nebraska … .Exploded for a career-high eleven tackles (7 solos) vs. Iowa in the Alamo Bowl.

2005 Season

Miller appeared in ten games as a true freshman, but was relegated to late game duties, as he finished with seven tackles (2 solos) and a pass deflection.

Injury Report

2008: Left the Texas Tech game (11/01) briefly after suffering a knee sprain.

Agility Tests

Campus: 500-pound bench press … 625-pound squat … 365-pound power clean.

Combine: 4.95 in the 40-yard dash … 1.68 10-yard dash … 2.88 20-yard dash … 4.74 20-yard shuttle … 8.01 three-cone drill … 32-inch vertical jump … 8'7" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times … 31 1/2-inch arm length … 9 1/2-inch hands.

High School

Attended Shoemaker (Killeen, Texas) High School, playing football for head coach Ken Gray … Two-time All-State and three-time All-District performer at defensive tackle and also played some offensive tackle … The All-Area Defensive MVP recorded 111 tackles with 10 sacks, 17 stops for loss, 19 pressures, six pass breakups and two fumble recoveries, returning one 43 yards for a touchdown as a senior … In three seasons, the team captain collected 264 tackles with 24 sacks … Named captain in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and finished second in the voting for Game MVP honors … Also lettered four times as a power-lifter and twice in track … Placed eighth in the state in the power-lifting championship as a junior … In track, he competed in the shot put and discus … Three-time Academic All-District pick and named to the National Honor Roll as a junior.

Personal

Graduated with a degree in Corporate Communications … Member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll … Active in the University of Texas' community service program … Played host to 150 middle school students at Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center … Spoke at his middle school and high school in Killeen … Part of a group of Longhorns that regularly visits patients at the Austin Children's Hospital … Participated in A Hero's Tribute by welcoming troops back to Fort Hood after being stationed overseas … Participated in reading and mentoring at local elementary and middle schools as a prepster … Also volunteered at a local youth center … Cousin, Bryce Scanlon, was a defensive lineman at Utah … Born in Fort Lewis, Washington, Miller lived in Fort Eustis, Virginia from 1989-96 before moving to Killeen, Texas … Father, Roy, is in the Army … Born Roy Lee Miller on 7/17/87 … Resides in Killeen, Texas.

 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 3/81 -- Roy Miller, DT, 6-1, 315, Texas...Run-stuffer will be a welcome addition to the defensive line rotation. Gained 25 pounds since the end of the season. Has a chip on his shoulder for being overlooked until the third round of the draft.

04/28/2009 - COULD SURPRISE: Texas DT Roy Miller was a highly productive player in the Big 12 who dominated at times. He comes to Tampa Bay with a chip on his shoulder for being bypassed until the third round. He'll see lots of playing time in the rotation with Chris Hovan and Ryan Simms.

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