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January 13, 2010

Miller plans to return to school

Von Miller, a junior All-America defensive player who led the NCAA in sacks in 2009, announced he will return to Texas A&M for his senior season in 2010.

"I am returning to Texas A&M for my senior year," Miller said from his home in DeSoto. "I appreciate Coach Sherman assisting me in gathering information and allowing me and my family a chance to make this decision. After careful consideration, I feel it is in my best interest to come back. It is important to me and my family to earn my degree from Texas A&M and this will put me much closer to that goal. I can't leave A&M right now. I know (strength coach) coach Kennedy will be anxious to see me in the weight room and in the running drills."

Miller, from DeSoto, Texas, recorded 48 total tackles with 31 of those being the solo variety. Of his 48 tackles, 21.5 went for tackles for loss of yardage for a total of 125 yards lost. His 17 quarterback sacks for an average of 1.31 sacks per game led the NCAA and the 17 sacks in a season was the second-best mark in Texas A&M school history behind the school record of 20 sacks set by Jacob Green in 1979.

"We've got most everyone coming back on defense and I think we have some good recruits coming in," Miller said. "I have confidence in coach Sherman and I know we will have a great defensive staff. I am looking forward to having a good year."

"This is just Von's third year since he played as a true freshman so he is still young by NFL standards and I believe he has a chance to make more improvement and increase his standing in the eyes of the NFL scouts," Aggie head football coach Mike Sherman said. "Von should be a pre-season All-America candidate and has a chance for other honors and will definitely help our overall team. I am very proud of the way he has handled himself, both on the field and off."

Miller also made his intentions clear via his Twitter account.

"After careful consideration, and talking it over with my family, I have decided to forgo the 2010 NFL draft and RETURN TO AGGIELAND!!!"

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