Miller Proving His Worth For The Bulldogs

Mississippi Gulf Coast DE Barron Miller (6-2, 245) is ready to prove his worth after redshirting in 2013...

"My freshman year, I was just a little over 200 pounds, maybe 205 pounds," Miller told "My coaches wanted to see how much weight I could put on before we decided if I should redshirt (in 2013) or if I should play.

"We already had a bunch of really good linebackers and they wanted to see if I could put on some size, but then my dad got sick (brain tumor) and I needed the year to just be with him and make sure he was okay and help out with things with my family.

"After he was done with his surgery and started his recovery, I got back to work here at school and I basically lived in the weight room.

"I lifted with the team and then I'd come back and lift alone. I really took it seriously and the running joke around here was that if you couldn't find me, just go look in the weight room because that's where I'd be."

Miller hit the weights so hard he increased his strength numbers exponentially across the board, hitting 540 on the squat, 360 on the bench and 315 on the power-clean.

That strength and the fact that Mississippi Gulf Coast was short on defensive ends, made it a natural move for Miller to put his hand on the ground and move to the strongside defensive end spot.

"It's been a pretty easy transition for me," Miller said. "I'm a pretty good pass-rusher and I'm really nasty against the run. I like to let the tackles across from me know from the very beginning of the game that I am coming after them all the time and it's going to be a long day.

"I wear guys down and by the end, I've got them right where I want them."

That approach paid off in MGCCC's first game, a 41-8 win over Northeast Mississippi, as he finished with four tackles (three solo), two tackles-for-loss and a sack.

On the recruiting front, things have been a bit on the slow side for Miller although a few schools have maintained interest.

"South Florida talked to me during my redshirt season, but the main two that have been talking to me are Texas Southern and Mississippi College who moved up to Division Two this year," Miller said.

As far as desire and drive, Miller has that in spades. He eats, sleeps and breathes football and he has his sights set on making a difference no matter where he ends up.

"I love football. If I could play it forever, I'd play it forever," Miller said. "I know I can make a difference for on any team and wherever they need me to play.

"This is my last chance to prove it out there on the field before I need to sign with another school and I think once schools see me play this fall, they will start to look at me a little more."

Miller is on track to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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