He got a carry early in his season opener Saturday for about a yard, but his season was derailed just three plays into the game as he fractured his left ankle and fibula.
“I was playing wide receiver and I was blocking on the play,” he said. “I was blocking on the outside and we ran a sweep. Our running back came up behind me and the linebacker on the other team came up behind me and they both went right into my ankle.”
He knew pretty quickly that his season would be done, which he said left him screaming. He has surgery schedule for Thursday and has been told to expect a full recovery.
”They think I should be feeling like myself by about January and I should have a full range of motion and be able to do everything I was doing before,” he said.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound safety committed to Michigan State this June after earning an offer at one of the Spartans’ summer camps. He said he talked with coach Mark Dantonio on Sunday morning and was told nothing has changed with his status.
”Coach Dantonio said not to worry about Michigan State, that was solid, and just to focus on getting better and being everything I can be off the field for my teammates right now,” Miller said. ”I am glad I’ve built a personal relationship with the coaches and they have confidence in my two years of varsity football that they still think I’m worth a scholarship and being in their program.
”That’s the best feeling I could ever imagine.”
He said it was a blessing in disguise that he had ended his recruitment already before he suffered the injury.
”Maybe this was just God’s way of making sure everything happened in the right way if I was supposed to get this injury, that I wouldn’t be stuck in my recruitment process and possibly not even be able to play college football,” he said. “It was a real blessing and I count myself lucky for that.”
Scott County went on to its season opener 42-38 as it began chasing a second straight Class 6A state title, but it ended in a weather delay. Miller got back to the field after leaving the hospital and talked to his teammates. Now, he will look to take on a role of a player-coach on the sidelines.
”I told them I’m done for the season but it doesn’t mean the season still can’t be great,” he said. “It doesn’t mean I’m not going to embrace a role, a coaching role and do everything I can to make sure this season still goes on as planned.
”That’s all I can do and give it my all in being a leader and being a player-coach.”