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Numerical Roster Countdown 2014: Day 2, Matt Miller

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The Broncos are in the ATL. You are on the OBNUG.

48 hours until kickoff, so today we'll highlight #2 on the Bronco roster—Matt Miller

#2, Matt Miller, Senior, WR

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Stats

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 213 lbs.

High School: Capital High School, Helena, MT

How'd he get to The Blue™?

Miller was one of the stars of the 2010 recruiting class and one of the biggest stars to come out of the state of Montana since Evel Knievel. Miller earned 12 varsity letters at Capital High from four years of domination in track and field, basketball, and football, but the latter was where he really made his reputation. Miller helped lead Capital to four consecutive state championship appearances—bringing home the hardware in the first three. He finished his career with records for single game receptions (10), receptions in a playoff game (nine), single season receptions (54), career receptions (108), receiving yards (1,751) and career touchdown receptions (23). As a senior, Miller was named the 2009 Montana Gatorade Player of the Year, Offensive State Player of the Year, earned first-team All-State honors as a receiver and cornerback and was second-team All-State as a punt returner. As an underclassman, Millerwas named first-team All-State as a receiver and cornerback (junior year), and earned first-team All-State at corner, and second-team All-State as a receiver (sophomore year). As a senior, caught 50 passes for 828 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 864 yards. On defense, Miller made 35 tackles, recorded five knockdowns, and had two interceptions. As a junior, he caught 54 passes for 932 yards and 15 TDs, and rushed for 663 yards and six scores...then made 39 tackles, two interceptions and one defensive TD as a junior. He was offered by Arizona State, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oregon State, Stanford, and Washington State.

Nickname

"Miller Time"

Look-a-like

Gasol

Adolescent Pau Gasol

Career highlights

Named to 2014 preseason Biletnikoff Award watch list. Played in 13 games for Broncos in 2013, starting 12. Named Honorable Mention All-MWC in 2013 (What?). Played in all 13 Bronco games in 2012, with 12 starts. Was named to 2012 All-MWC second team. Named to 2012 Biletnikoff Award pre-season watch list. Played in all 13 games for the Broncos in 2011 as a redshirt freshman, with 8 starts. Set Bronco single-season records for a freshman with 62 receptions, 679 yards, and 9 TDs. Named 1st team Freshman All-American by the FWAA and 2nd team Freshman All-American by Yahoo Sports. Beyond these accolades, I'd say his whole high school career was a highlight.

2014 prospectus

That escalated quickly, didn't it? It seems like just yesterday that Miller was making his first career reception (a touchdown) against Georgia in the Georgia Dome. It WAS just yesterday that the now-senior Miller was voted the team captain for the season...a season that could cement him into the Bronco record books. When the Broncos landed Miller in 2010, there was talk that he could be a real difference maker right out of the gate. Then, an achilles injury forced him to redshirt and we didn't get to see the talented Montanan until 2011, but since that date, he's been the most trustworthy and consistent Bronco on the roster, and one who should rightly be mentioned in the same breath as the Bronco greats (Hutt, Pettis, Young...). Honestly, there's no one I trust more than Miller on 3rd down—he's a true possession receiver and does things right on the field every down and off the field every day. Starting to get a little misty here realizing it's his last go 'round. No need for predictions today...I KNOW that if Miller stays healthy all year, he's going to get the job done for the Broncos. He may not match last seasons 1,100 yard, 12 TD outburst, but I'm not betting against it either. The kid is a stud, and I hope he gets a shot at the next level. If not, I'd certainly hope coaching is in his future...and that future is in Boise.

216 receptions, 2,588 yards, 26 TDs and counting...could Matt Miller be the G.O.A.T?


Is he on Twitter?

Yes. And it's very Montanan.

Completely made up fact

Miller was inducted into the Guys with Boring Names That Do Incredible Things Hall of Fame this summer. Other new members that were inducted alongside Miller were explorer John Smith, singer George Jones, and wide receiver Steve Smith.