Arizona Western DE looks the part

One of the stalwarts on Arizona Western's defense last season was DE Matt Miller (6-3, 260) and this fall the talented defensive line prospect hopes to put up even bigger numbers. spoke to Miller recently and he filled us in on what he does best on the football field and how recruiting is coming along...

Miller prepped at Chaminade (Dayton, Oh.) High School and was unable to qualify, so a friend who was already at Arizona Western told him about the program and the rest is history.

"He said it was a good program out here and after talking to the coaches, I really wanted to come out and play for them," Miller told "I really liked the atmosphere here, plus there is a lot of talent, so you are challenged every day. You have to get better or someone else is going to get by you and take your spot."

Miller arrived in 2009 as a 225 pound wide receiver, so he redshirted that season and bulked up to play defensive end.

Last fall, as a redshirt freshman, Miller started every game and played on both sides of the line.

"In our defense you switch up a lot," Miller said. "We don't really have a strongside/weakside thing where you are always switching. You have to be able to play both, but more often than not I was on the tight end side."

Miller had a solid first season for the Matadors, posting 40 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks.

"I had good numbers, but I can do better," Miller said. "I'm more of a run-stopper and that's why I probably like playing the strongside better.

"You can be more physical and you take the fullback and tight end on a lot in space and it allows you to make plays."

Recruiting is still in its infancy for Miller, but he hopes a good start to the 2011 football season leads to more interest.

"Right now, so far, Utah State is the only school I've talked to," Miller said. "There hasn't been much else, but my coaches think if I get off to a good start that I could see a lot more schools show interest in me and that's what I'm hoping for.

"I just want to find a good school that has a good program. A place where I can fit in and just enjoy myself and a place where I feel like I can get a good eduction."

Miller is set to graduate in December and he will have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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