Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Miller's Time?

With pre-season NFL games underway, could this be form Illini linebacker Brit Miller's time to shine? Miller certainly thinks so. He was a free agent cut by the Carolina Panthers this summer. Mike Singletary (still one of my favorite pro players ever) and the San Fransico 49ers picked Miller up on waivers and are converting him to fullback.

Miller responded by scoring both of the Niners' TDs in a pre-season win over the Broncos. Not typical for a rookie with less than 2 weeks at his position. He has San Fransico asking, "Who is Brit Miller?"

Illini fans can answer that question. He was one of the leading tacklers in the Big Ten in 2008, a solid linebacker with a strong work ethic. He's a kid from Decatur who is doing his best to make an NFL roster.

Even with his impressive debut, Miller isn't guaranteed a roster spot. His chances are helped by an injury to the starting fullback, but he's got a ways to go. I will be cheering for him to get a chance...

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