VAUGHT: Miller hopeful

Spring football practice is going fine for sophomore Aaron Miller, who started 10 games as a true freshman offensive tackle last season.<br><br> He likes new offensive line coach Jimmy Heggins even if he has shown Miller that his overall fundamentals were not nearly as good as he thought. He likes the way the overall offensive line is progressing and thinks the offense can be far more productive next season.

Spring football practice is going fine for sophomore Aaron Miller, who started 10 games as a true freshman offensive tackle last season.

He likes new offensive line coach Jimmy Heggins even if he has shown Miller that his overall fundamentals were not nearly as good as he thought. He likes the way the overall offensive line is progressing and thinks the offense can be far more productive next season.

But will Miller be back to be part of that offense? Three freshmen are suspended from spring practice for academic reasons. Head coach Rich Brooks says several more have placed their football futures in jeopardy because of their school work.

Is Miller one of those who might not have enough academic credit to be back next season?

"Everything is going all right with me. Hopefully, I will be here. I guess that is all I can say," Miller said.

Don't panic yet. Miller's reason is that he still has to finish this semester the way he thinks he will and then take care of course work during the summer.

So is this more of second-and-goal than a fourth-and-long situation for him?

"I am in pretty good shape. It's not that bad. I should be fine," Miller said.

However, he did acknowledge that adjusting to academics and athletics at Kentucky at the same time was not easy.

"It's a little hard that first semester when you are trying to pick up the whole offense and then right as you come out of (preseason) camp and think you have things figured out, school gets thrown right at you," Miller said. "You are trying to watch film, practice and study. It's pretty hard. The classes are pretty difficult, too. It takes a pretty good effort to get a good grade-point average. But I should be here next year. Or at least that's my intention."


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