December 2, 2006

Miller helps Columbine capture state title

All-American, All-Colorado, Five-star recruit, Rivals100 member… Ryan Miller had earned just about every individual accolade possible at the high school level.

Now, Miller can add state champion to his football resume.

The 6-foot-7, 292-pound lineman from Littleton (Colo.) had a huge game on both sides of the ball, helping Columbine to a 13-10 victory over Mullen in the 5A state championship game at Invesco Field.

While Miller will play offensive tackle in college, it was his play on the defensive side of the ball that turned the most heads on Saturday. He had a touchdown saving tackle 80-yards down field on Colorado State bound running back Phillip Morelli in the first half. And Miller's pressure on Clint Brewster in the game's final minute forced an interception to seal the win.

"This is the best group of guys in the world," said a near speechless Miller after the game. "Everybody did their part and we got it. We are Columbine."

Miller was originally expected to announce his college decision at the U.S. Army All-American Game in January. But Miller ended his recruitment so he could focus on his team's playoff run.

Next fall, Miller will begin his college career under Dan Hawkins at the University of Colorado.

"I look forward to playing with Shawn [Daniels] and [all of] them [up] at CU," Miller said with a laugh. "But I just won a state championship; I am going to enjoy this one for a little while."

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