Miller continuing to learn

Freshman linebacker DeAndre Miller has learned a lot in his early college career. Read on to see what he says about the linebacker competition, biggest surprise, and more.

Freshman linebacker DeAndre Miller is continuing to work to be a larger part of the rotation, but has enjoyed the first two games of his career.

"It's an experience," Miller said. "It is cool to play in my first two college games. I got a couple reps in, a couple series. As you can see, our defense is doing well with scoring points and forcing turnovers , so if we can keep it up we will be pretty good."

The linebacker attributes that improvement to the veterans being more comfortable with the newer scheme.

"I think it was just learning the defense," Miller said. "Coach Casteel came in with the 3-3-5 stack and that was the first time Jake (Fischer) and Marquis (Flowers) had played in it. I see how they have adapted to it and they are playing a lot faster and in the offseason they were working a lot harder too."

Miller says that the biggest part of the learning process has to do with the effort that is necessary to succeed.

"The biggest thing I have learned is work hard," he said. "You are going to make mistakes, but you have to learn from those and keep moving on."

It is not always easy for a player that was the star of his high school to go to a situation where he is fighting for playing time.

"It is a lot more competitive here," Miller said. "You are not like that big shot you were in high school, you have to work your way back up. I was a senior in high school and now I am a freshman here, so I have to work my way up and do my due diligence and help the team out.

"It is not easy at all, but it is obtainable. It is stressful at times, but it is also fun at times. It evens out, but you have to keep working hard."

In terms of what has surprised him the most, Miller says that the first home game is what sticks out to him.

"Our first home game, the atmosphere was wild," he said. "I came from a small school and we didn't have a lot of fans like that, so when I came out there my jaw was down and I said ‘Dang, this is going to be an exciting game for me."

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