Miller out for season

Josh Miller, a 6-3, 270-pound defensive lineman for the University of Washington, has been declared unfit to play for the 2003 season with multiple herniated discs in his back. This is according to Josh, who is continuing his rehabilitation in hopes he can play his senior season in 2004.

"I wasn't cleared," Miller told Dawgman.com. "I went to a doctor and they told me that it wasn't all the way healed. They want to feel safe that I can play next year, so I'm out for the whole year. Also, because I haven't been working out for three months, so they are worried about my body having been deactivated from excercising."

One of the herniated discs is hitting a nerve which is causing his leg to go numb. Epidural shots have worked, but only as a temporary fix. "Now I'm just rehabbing, waiting for the swelling to go down and waiting for my legs to get back to normal," he said.

"I have a chance of playing next year."

Clearly Josh isn't happy with the news, but he's trying to look at the situation with a positive mindset. "It's rough," he said. "I'm trying to use that chance, even if it's a small chance, to get back. I'm going to work as hard as I can to get back." This fall he'll be working out with Pete Kaligis in the weight room, buckle down on school and also help the team out as much as he can.

Despite his inactivity, Miller has still been spending as much time as he can with the team and has a good feel for how things are heading into August 30th's titanic clash against Ohio State. "The guys are taking it good," he said, referring to the dismissal of Husky Head Coach Rick Neuheisel. "They are sad to see Coach (Neuheisel) go, but they are a little more excited too because Coach Gilbertson has been there since Don James and he's been a head coach before. The confidence level has not gone down because of the fact that we still have our O-Coordinator so our offense isn't going to change all that much."

When asked about new co-Defensive Coordinator Phil Snow, one word immediately came to mind for Miller. "Intensity," he said. "He's bringing back a lot of intensity, a lot of hard hitting."

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