September 29, 2009

Miller much more than preseason hype

Every year fans hear about surprise players or improved players or someone who is poised to have a monster season coming out of August training camp. For Texas A&M that's exactly what everyone heard about junior Von Miller. Miller had 5.5 sacks in his two-year career after playing defensive end as a true freshman and linebacker as a sophomore.

On the move again, Miller drew raves in spring drills and training camp at the new jack position - a hybrid defensive end/linebacker. His job was rushing the quarterback, and coaches and players alike predicted a huge season for Miller.

No one, however, could have imagined the start he's had to begin the 2009 season. Well, maybe everyone but Aggie left tackles who couldn't control Miller at all on the practice fields during the offseason.

"He destroyed the confidence of our left tackles. That's why we keep rotating them. Those guys are about to have nervous breakdowns. Of course (Michael) Shumard, he's got him ready to jump of a bridge for crying out loud," said A&M head coach Mike Sherman. "It is nice to know that he's able to take what he did in the spring into the season so far, and it's played out to the success that he's achieved and in the play of our defense so far. He's been very consistent."

Miller leads the nation with eight sacks, which is one more than second place Lindsey Witten from Connecticut. But Miller has played one less game than Witten. In fact, Miller has played one less game than every other player in the top 10 in sacks except for TCU's Jerry Hughes who has 4.5 in three games and is averaging 1.5 sacks per game which is in a tie for third in the nation.

Miller is averaging 2.67 sacks per game, a full .92 sacks more than Witten who is in second.

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