Freshman Bryant Miller Looking to Make Splash

Defensive end Bryant Miller heads into preseason practice as one of the more physically impressive incoming freshmen.

Auburn, Ala.--Coming to Auburn from Miami Central High School, defensive end Bryant Miller looks the part of south Florida athlete at 6-4, 258 pounds.

He was one of higher ranked prospects of the 2006 Auburn signee class, but Miller is keeping a level head as he begins his first week of college football practice.

"To be honest with you, I have plans on contributing to the defense," Miller says. "If I have to redshirt I don't mind doing it. Whatever it takes to help the team out. But I know by me playing I'm going to feel like I contributed."

The Tigers return two of the top ends in the Southeastern Conference in Marquies Gunn and Quentin Groves, but Miller says he's in good enough physical condition to step in if needed. "It's an experience," he says of his new strength program under Kevin Yoxall. "It's very intense with whatever he does. The tempo and everything picks up. We need a coach like that to push you.

Bryant Miller is shown in his first college practice.

"I'm in pretty good shape," he adds. "I could be in better--you could always be in better. As of right now I'm in pretty good shape and ready to play."

Miller, who plans to major in business, took three classes this summer and says he did well on his finals on Tuesday.

"Ever since I got into town I've been in the step program going through the transition from high school to college," Miller notes. "They've taken me through these classes so I can get ahead. It's just been an experience."

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