Miller's kicking good for Army

WEST POINT-- It was Miller Time at Michie Stadium last Saturday. Kicker Austin Miller booted a 36-yard field goal in overtime that gave Army a 17-14 win over Kent State. The heroics were a long time coming for Miller. He came to the Academy with so much promise. However, Miller, now a senior, didn't develop as quick as many expected.

Better late than never.

Miller is 3-for-4 this season and was dead-on during all of preseason camp. He beat out incumbent Justin Koenig, which says a lot, considering Koenig converted 9-of-12 field goals last season.

But Miller was too good during camp. Once Koenig went down with a leg injury for a week during camp, he couldn't catch Miller. It's refreshing to see Army kickers put the ball through the uprights.

For the first 15 games of coach Bobby Ross' tenure it was more like wide right, wide left and short. Army kickers were just 6-of-14 collectively on field goal attempts.

Miller expected to start last season, however, went down with a leg injury that bothered him all year. He put in a request to play safety last spring because he thought it would be better on his bad leg. It was, however, there was one small problem.

Miller wasn't exactly Caleb Campbell back there. So he went back to kick during preseason camp. Miller calmly nailed the 36-yarder against Kent State and, hopefully, there are more heroics for him down the road.

Here's to Miller Time!

Extra points: Some Texas A&M notes of interest..............Quarterback Stephen McGee, a sophomore, has completed over 70 percent of his passes (36-of-51) for 400 yards and two touchdowns in the first two games of the season. No other A&M starting quarterback has ever completed 70 percent of his pass attempts after the first two games of the season ... A&M is on pace to utilize the tight end position more than any time in school history. The duo of sophomore Martellus Bennett and junior Joey Thomas, known as the Legion of Doom by Bennett, have combined for 13 catches for 198 yards or an average of 6.5 catches per game. The most that A&M has ever utilized its tight end was in 1986 when Rod Bernstine led the Southwest Conference with 65 catches (5.9 catches per game) for 710 yards. Bernstine was the only tight end to catch a pass that year ... Sophomore punter Justin Brantly, who doesn't have enough punts to qualify for NCAA or Big 12 statistics, is averaging a whopping 57.0 yards per punts after two games (four total punts). Top Stories