CU's starting right guard, he was selected as a preseason first-team All-American by Blue Ribbon College Football, College Sports Madness and Phil Steele's College Football; Athlon Sports and The Sporting News selected him to their third-team preseason squads (the same five publications selected him on their preseason first-team All-Pac 12 squads). He is one of 65 players on the official preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy, which is presented to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman (one of 14 guards to make the list); he also is on the official watch list for the Lombardi Award, which has 15 guards among its 125-man list. Phil Steele's ranked him as the No. 1 guard in the entire nation, with Rivals.com ranking him as the No. 63 overall player (all positions) on its preseason season National Top 100 team. He enters the season with a team best 35 career starts, and tied for the longest streak of consecutive starts at 24. He will become the ninth player at Colorado to earn five letters in a football (a rare opportunity in any single sport), since he earned one his sophomore year in 2008 which came to an end after four games due to a broken fibula. Being a fifth-year senior, with the coaching change, he is now being coached by his third position coach in five years (Jeff Grimes for his first two, then Denver Johnson for two, and now Steve Marshall). The coaches selected him as the Iron Buffalo Award winner following spring practice, the honor going to the player with the most outstanding strength and conditioning numbers.
This past season as one of four team captains, Miller played 850 snaps from scrimmage, all but one of the CU's total (the one was allowing another senior to finish the Arizona game). He graded out to 83.3 percent on the season, coming on strong the last half of the season (88.8 percent in the final six games), and posted 80 percent or better grades in 11 games, with a season-best 90.1 versus Arizona. He led the team with 40 "great effort blocks," awarded for knockdowns, downfield blocks, touchdown blocks (which he had three) and blowing opponents off the line (not pancakes). He was called for just two penalties, and allowed a single quarterback pressure and just one sack. Miller was one of 65 players on the official preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy (one of 14 guards to make the list) and was one of 15 guards on the 125-man official watch list for the Lombardi Award.
Honorable mention All-Big 12 (Associated Press, Big 12 Coaches). Honored with the Iron Buffalo Award at the conclusion of spring practices for outstanding strength & conditioning work ... He graded out to 80 percent or higher in 11 of 12 games last season and over 90 percent five times, with all five of those instances coming in the last six games of the season ... Ranked second behind AllAmerican Nate Solder with 83 finish or knockdown blocks and six touchdown blocks ... In 847 plays in 2010, he allowed just two sacks and had just two penalties ... Enjoyed a great game in CU's home finale victory over Kansas State, grading out to 95.7 percent and racking up 13 knockdown or finish blocks.
He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference honors from the league coaches, while collegefootballnews.com selected him to its sophomore All-American squad (second-team). He also earned first-team All-Colorado honors from the state's chapter of the National Football Foundation. He started all 12 games, seven at right guard where he opened the season, and five at right tackle when the line was shuffled for assorted reasons. He played 851 snaps from scrimmage (all but one of CU's total on offense), plus another 27 plays on the FG/PAT unit on special teams and several others on the defensive unit (he blocked a field goal at Texas). He graded out to 83.8 percent on the season, second best among all the offensive linemen, with his 66 finishing/knockdown and five touchdown blocks also the second most on the team. He topped 80 percent or better for a game grade nine times, and have five or more F/K's on seven occasions. He turned heads against Nebraska's all-everything defensive end, Ndamukong Suh, who he neutralized as good if not better than any offensive lineman in the nation; Suh had five tackles, one of which was ruled a sack that replays showed should have been a batted ball instead of an intentional grounding call. His game grade against the Huskers was a season-high 89 percent, and his top F/K game came against Kansas when he had 11. He was moved inside from tackle once he returned from a broken fibula that forced him to miss the entire Big 12 Conference schedule the previous year. In the preseason, he was ranked as the No. 12 guard in the nation by Phil Steele's College Football.
He was granted a medical hardship after missing the bulk of the 2008 season due to injury, thus he picked up an extra year of eligibility. He started the first four games at right offensive tackle but was lost for the season when he went down with a broken fibula on the second play of the second half against Florida State in Jacksonville. He had racked up 30.5 knockdown blocks in just 258 snaps from scrimmage (10 alone against West Virginia), when he graded out to his season-best 86 percent. He did not allow a quarterback sack and allowed just three pressures. The coaches named him one of the recipients of the Gold Group Commitment Award (for achieving excellence with class in several areas), despite missing two-thirds of the season, speaking to his positive attitude and approach. They had named him the recipient of the Joe Romig Award as the most improved offensive lineman in spring ball, and he also was the Iron Buffalo Award winner among the offensive linemen for hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage for spring strength and conditioning. Phil Steele's College Football tabbed him on its preseason second-team All-Big 12 team, also ranking him as the No. 40 offensive tackle in the nation.
Colorado's Gatorade Player of the Year, he earned a host of All-America honors for his senior season, including Parade, USA Today (first-team), SuperPrep, Rivals.com, PrepStar and MaxPreps. He was selected to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio after the season (January 6), and he helped the West to a 24-7 win. Nationally, he was among the top five lineman in the nation by Rivals.com (No. 3), Scout.com (No. 3) and SuperPrep (No. 5), the latter ranking him as the No. 2 overall player at any position in the Midlands and placing him on its Elite 50 squad. The Sporting News ranked him as the No. 46 player in the nation overall. Rivals.com pegged him as the No. 23 overall player in the nation (one of 29 players awarded five stars). He was an All-Colorado selection by the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post (one of just two repeat selections), All-State (5A) and All-South Metro Conference. He was one of five finalists for the state's high school athlete of the year for all sports in 2006 by Mile High Sports Magazine. He earned All-Colorado, All-State, all-league honors as a junior, when he was a Student Sports Underclassmen All-American and listed among the Rivals.com Underclassmen Top 100. As a senior, he started all 14 games at offensive tackle, averaging well over 10 pancake blocks per game, did not allow a quarterback sacks, was flagged for just one penalty and had five direct touchdown blocks. On defense, he exhibited solid skills at defensive end in registering 31 tackles, 20 solo with 12 for losses including five sacks, with 10 hurries, four passes broken up, two fumble recoveries with one forced. As a junior, he started all 13 games at tackle on offense, averaging over 10 pancake blocks per game, and saw spot duty at defensive end, making 12 tackles, three sacks and a pass broken up. He started seven games as a sophomore at offensive tackle (no defense). Top career games included a 13-10 win in the state 5A championship game over Mullen his senior year, when he had four tackles, including a quarterback sack that stopped one scoring drive, and two hurries, one of which caused an interception. He also chased down Mustang running back Phil Morelli after an 80-yard gain, stopping him at the 13; another score was saved when Mullen fumbled two plays later, preserving a 7-3 lead prior to halftime. In the state playoffs against Cherry Creek his junior year, he had 15 pancake blocks and helped the Rebels rush for over 400 yards in the win. Under coach Andy Lowry, Columbine was 13-1 his senior year (state champs), 11-2 his junior season (losing to Douglas County in the state semis) and 10-2 his sophomore season (reaching the second round of the playoffs). He also lettered three times in wrestling, posting a 13-3 record as a junior in the 285-lb. weight class, but had to give it up once he exceeded the maximum weight. He will letter four times in track this spring (throws), with career bests of 48-9 in the shot put and 147-0 in the discus.
Born July 6, 1989 in Littleton, Colo. His hobbies include outdoor sports such as four-wheeling and camping, playing the drums and line dancing; he also is an avid kite flyer, something he's done since he was four years old, and was a Boy Scout. His maternal grandfather, David Peterson, was an end on Colorado's 1960 freshman team. He mentored younger students as a junior and senior in a special program at Columbine. He committed to Colorado midway through his senior season (October 25).
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