Player Capsule: Steve Miller
Position: Offensive Lineman
Eligibility: Redshirt Freshman
Weight: 315 pounds
2015 season quick review: Miller redshirted last year.
Offensive line coach Chris Thomsen on Miller: "Steve was a great looking guy for a freshman. He came in weighing 320 pounds or whatever it was and I'm saying to myself, 'this guy doesn't look like he has any bad weight on him.' Now, he's still gotten leaner and stronger and that will continue of course as he goes through his career. But he has the things you want to work with, and not just the size part of it but he has really good feet for being a big man."
SunDevilSource.com analysis: Upon arrival in 2015 at preseason camp, Miller and fellow freshman Zach Robertson were the best looking tandem we've seen ASU sign out of high school from a physical tools and size standpoint. Miller was underrated as a prospect out of Gilbert High and should have received more high profile scholarship offers than he did, but ASU certainly didn't have a problem with how his recruitment concluded.
Miller has relatively good foot quickness and joint flexion for being as thick as he is in the lower half. He's built like a huge fire plug, but more limber than you might think at a glance. He has moderately quick hands, a fair amount of initial burst from a stance and the ability to cover ground on kick out blocks or the pull with agile, rangy steps and as a result makes sense for the Sun Devils in a guard capacity. Still, ASU seems to be transitioning to being more zone blocking and a bit less man blocking as an overall percentage of its offensive snaps and as a result there's probably a little more interchangeability at the guard and tackle positions.
Like Robertson, Miller has been given looks on the outside at tackle and at guard. He's probably better served at guard or right tackle long term but might be able to play left tackle effectively at the college level. He has good posture and tends to be well balanced releasing into his pass pro but speed on the edge can get him top heavy and reaching at times. One of the most important things for Miller to play to his high ceiling potential is to further develop a nasty disposition and play with greater overall urgency and violence.
Projected depth chart status: Versatility being a strength for Miller, he could fill several positions in a reshuffling upon injury to a first-string player. That isn't to say he's out of the running to surge and compete for a spot atop the depth chart this year, but it's more likely he contends for such a role in 2017, once Evan Goodman and Stephon McCray have departed.