At 6-foot-5, Shareef Miller carried only 218 pounds when he arrived at Penn State in the summer of 2015. As a defensive end, that clearly was not enough weight for him to contribute as a true freshman.
So he was put into a redshirt.
But that did not mean he was taking the year off, by any means. Miller set out to pack on more pounds, and by eating a lot more and hitting the weights, he grew into the 253-pounder he is today.
The only thing he did NOT was a favorite from his home city.
"They don't have Philly cheesesteaks" in State College, Miller said, clearing meaning it is difficult to fine a REAL cheesesteak in Happy Valley.
What he did have, though, was plenty of competition. As a member of the scout team, Miller went up against Penn State's starting offensive line in practice every day.
"I took the scout team personally," he said. "Every day, I wanted to kill the offensive linemen. I took great pride in that."
He also took great pride in the job he did in the classroom, where he emerged from his freshman year with a 3.3 GPA.
We caught up with Miller recently to talk about putting on weight, his move from Philly to Penn State, his favorite cheesesteak place back home and more. Get to know him in the video above.