Virtual Unknown But Milner Has Star Power

Like many players lost in the shuffle of Dixie State (Utah) College's move to NCAA Division II, running back Glen Milner (6-1, 220) had to find a new JC willing to take him on. Milner matriculated to Eastern Arizona College, where he is set to be the starter in the backfield. The Gila Monsters run a triple-option offense. 

He spent the 2005 season as the backup to J.T. Diedrichs at Dixie State, though his numbers were good. It's worth noting that Diedrichs signed with Washington State.

A graduate of Renton (Wash.) Lindbergh back in 2004, Milner had several schools interested in him following his prep career but was a non-qualifier.  He sat out the 2004 season with a redshirt and then played the 2005 season. 

At Dixie State, he was second on the team in rushing with 591 yards on 71 carries and scored eight touchdowns and had a team best 78-yard run for a score.  He also led the conference in yards-per-carry.

This year, with the attention focused solely on him, he is poised for a big sophomore season and already schools are taking notice.

"I'm hearing from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State and Colorado the most," said Milner.  "I'm not really hearing from either of the Washington schools, though I do from Eastern Washington some." Arizona's not likely to sign a JC running back, so the other programs have an edge at this point.

Milner had two schools that stood out from that group.

"Arizona State and Oregon State are the ones I like the most," said Milner.  "I want to take some visits and get some offers before I decide, but those are the ones I like."

Milner is set to graduate in December, giving him the opportunity to be on a D-I campus by January and participate in spring ball.  He would have two years to play his two seasons.

With his size, Milner is a prototype power back, but he said his game isn't all about his strength.

"I've been clocked at a 4.3 hand-timed forty, so I can run and knock people over.  I think I'm a complete running back," said Milner.

Eastern Arizona coaches raved about Milner immediately following the conclusion of spring ball, telling that he was a force on the field and humble off of it.


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