Lamar Miller is only a RS sophomore.
Scary to think the guy expected to carry the torch for a school with a rich history as a pipeline of RB’s into the NFL could play for two more seasons. Unfortunately for Miami fans, the harsh realization of the Nevin Shapiro saga may mean an early entrance for many talented prospects including Lamar Miller.
At 5’11″ and 212 pounds, Miller has the size to match his unreal speed which will keep NFL scouts drooling until next April. Miller started the 2011 season off with a bang as he torched the Maryland defense for 119 yards and a TD on 18 carries in a loss. Miami was missing starting QB Jacory Harris and others in a game they should have won but Miller stoodout as the best player on the field all night.
Miami’s rich running back tradition has been missing a torchbearer since Willis McGahee left South Beach following the 2002 National Championship Game. Miller appears poised to carry the tradition right into the ranks of the NFL. Miller displayed his combination of power and explosion in the Maryland game lending many to speculate he could be the second best RB in the 2012 NFL Draft, if he declares.
In most cases, I would put up the one game caution but I have seen enough of Miller to say that he could at worst a second round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Miller runs with power and showed impressive restraint in setting up his blocks and then exploding through the hole. With NFL teams seeing the impact of Chris Johnson on the NFL game, Miller’s stock could rise as the draft nears. Miller has similar speed to Johnson but more power. Johnson was a more refined back coming out of college but Miller will have all season to work on the details of the position.
Miami lacks dynamic threats on offense and Miller will see plenty of work in 2011 so look for him as a name that rises and may push Trent Richardson for the number one back spot in the 2012 NFL Draft.