Stuart had a big game last night with four catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, including a catch that was juggled as he headed to the end zone and another where he simply went above the defender to grab the ball for the score. What is so impressive about Stuart and his abilities as a receiver is the way he uses his frame (6-4, 230) to shield his body from the defense and then using his hands to make the catch. There aren't too many receivers who double as defensive linemen yet Stuart seems to handle the demands of both positions with relative ease. He was the League Defensive Player of the Year last season and said he didn't expect to blow up as a receiver recruit this year, he thought his future was more on defense but now he thinks it is on offense. Michael had an excellent downfield block that was called for blocking below the waist but it showed his physical presence and willingness to make the necessary block. You don't want to compare him to Mike Williams but Williams is a very similar player in terms of using his bigger body to his physical advantage.
Miller also had four catches, from his tight end position, that went for 68 yards and one thing that jumps out is how well he uses his hands to catch the ball. Jimmy gets his hands out front instead of letting the ball come into his chest and that is a hard thing to learn for many tight ends. He moves well for a guy his size (6-5, 245) and has the kind of swagger you want in a football player. He's just a big, physical guy who likes to mix it up on both sides of the ball and there's no doubt the Trojans got a good one here. Jimmy also has a little brother, Jeff, who is a sophomore starter on the Warrior defensive line.
Petros and Michael Stuart talk before game
Jeff Miller and Jimmy Miller
Jimmy Miller in action
Michael Stuart takes a rare break during the game
Linebacker Greg Newman
Michael Stuart begins his route
Jimmy Miller talks on the sidelines with QB Rudy Carpenter
Miller and Stuart are all smiles after the win