In 2013 Miller started the season as Michigan’s starting center. He would start the first four games for the Wolverines – all U-M wins – but was replaced by then redshirt sophomore Graham Glasgow at center after the Wolverines struggled to move the ball against lowly Akron and UConn in games three and four.
So Miller was relegated to the bench for the rest of 2013.
But that was then, and today is now. And Miller now knows he has new opportunity in front of him for 2014.
“It’s a completely new year,” said Miller, who is enter his redshirt junior season at Michigan. “I’m trying to take the things I learned from last year – good and bad – and apply them to this year. I’m a year bigger, stronger. I feel like I got a better feel for the game. I’m just trying to work with the positives at this point. And kind of move into that direction.”
Listed at 6-foot-4, 299-pounds on the school website, Miller says his off-season workout is what’s giving him another opportunity to play this upcoming season.
“I’ve gained a little weight, I’m up to 300-pounds,” Miller said. “I think that was part of it. I think I am big and stout now to do what I need to do a center. So hopefully with that, and a year in the weight room and all that kind of stuff – I’m ready to play.”
On Friday, U-M coach Brady Hoke listed Miller with the first-team offense. However, he says the coaching staff is aiming towards naming a more permanent first team offense in the coming week.
Miller has even caught the eye of first year offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
“Jack has done a good job,” Nussmeier said. “Really, really smart guy. Obviously we’re going to demand a lot of our center when it comes to making the calls and making sure everyone is on the same page. But we are really happy where Jack has come this last week.”
Michigan opens its season at home against Appalachian State on Aug. 30.