There is little doubt that wide receiver is one of the most stacked positions on the Arizona roster. Ever since the Wildcats switched to spread offense several years ago, UA has seen both the talent level and depth increase significantly each year.
The 2011 group appears to be the best group to date. With Juron Criner returning for his senior year and Dan Buckner able to play after sitting out 2010 do to transferring from Texas, Arizona looks to be absolutely stacked at the position.
One player to really look out for in the upcoming campaign is Terrence Miller. As a sophomore, Miller's production increased significantly as the season went on and he eventually became one of quarterback Nick Foles' favorite targets.
In the final five games of the season, Miller compiled 25 receptions for 317 yards and emerged as one of the Wildcats' most reliable weapons. He believes that his strong finish to the season will help him get off to a strong start in 2011.
"It's going to help me a lot because I know I have to build off that," Miller said. "That's what people expect to see and that's what I have to expect from myself and better."
Miller is developing into one of the better receivers on the team. A season ago, he was working hard to crack the rotation and ultimately the effort paid off. This season, there are several other young receivers elevating their games and Miller is taking notice.
"All of them are doing really well," Miller said. "Austin Hill, Tyler Slavin and Garic Wharton are the three young guys really stepping up and making a lot of plays and working hard."
There are instances where Miller could potentially be on the field with Buckner and Criner simultaneously. With all thee players standing at 6-foot-4 or taller, Miller thinks that could cause some matchup problems for the opposition.
"Definitely," Miller said. "Because we have two big receivers on the outside and another on the inside and I don't know who you are going to stick. A lot of people want to double-team Juron but then there is me and Dan and whoever else is playing the other inside receiver. So I don't know what the defense is going to be able to do."
Even though Miller seemed to get on the same page towards the end of the season, there was still room for improvement. The receiver has been able to get together with Foles this offseason to try to fine-tune their timing.
"We have a lot of time to come out and throw routes," Miller said. "Everything will be really good. Timing is on."
Miller finished the season strongly, but the Wildcats, as a team, did not. Don't expect that to bother the soon-to-be junior though, as he has put last season in the past.
"I can't speak for everybody else,' Miller said. "But I have a short memory. I'm not really worried about last year. There is nothing we can do about it. I am ready for this year."
Miller ready to build off strong finish
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