The starting left guard Fatu Turituri was forced to move to left tackle, which protects the quarterbacks back. Though he did a functional job there he was undersized for the position. Obviously a second team performer had to move into the starting guard spot and as we all know that person was second for a reason.
Miller said he needed some time away from the team. "I knew I was going to return but it's still tough," Miller lamented. Miller started ten of the eleven games as a true freshman in the tough SEC. "That was nice," Miller said, but that was kind of tough, too."
That, in Millers case was a little too much for an 18-year old to handle, a young boy from Grayson County. While Miller was away, he worked out at his high school and his old teammates would spot him in the weights.
Miller said he is handling his return to the team well. "I've got a good support system with my teammates."
During the time Miller was starting, he was underweight for an SEC starting left tackle but what enabled him to survive was he possessed the long arms and good feet. Now he is 30-pounds heavier and is sending a message that he wants his job back.
Coach brooks said that Miller is much more physical. "Aaron is bigger and stronger than he was and a bigger force than he was before," Brooks said. "He's still a little rusty fundamentally, he doesn't get overpowered and he brings a little bit more to the table when he makes contact."
Miller has been elevated to the first team so the shuffle is on again. The movies "Lucky Number Slevin's" Kansas City Shuffle where you look left and go right is different than the UK shuffle now where if you look back somebody's coming. With added depth in the offensive line, Brooks can see a situation when fall arrives that in order to get the best people on the field, some tackles will have to move over to guard.
In Mondays practice, Miller locked out Myron Pryor on a pass rush and a block down on an off tackle play, again on Pryor. Pryor has been playing well. The previous move of Miller to the first team has justified itself by his play on the field. Garry Williams is struggling with a bad back but the move was made before he started to have problems.
In the meantime Miller continues his quest to nail down the starting left tackle spot.