August 30, 2007

Camp Grade: TEs

If there was one void that Arizona State had to replace on offense heading into its 2007 season, it was at tight end, where second-team All-American Zach Miller had more than twice as many catches as any other player on the roster last year, and was as capable a blocker as you'll ever see at the college level from the position.

While it's not likely ASU will see as well-rounded a tight end as Miller any time soon, his brother Brent Miller had a very good camp. As quarterback Rudy Carpenter said on Monday, Brent is very capable, especially as a pass catcher.

"Brent is a little bit faster than Zach so he can kind of make a little more plays down the field," Carpenter said. "Hopefully we can have him stretch the field, stretch the defensive backs a little bit. [Zach and Brent] do different things. I think Brent is going to be good player for us and I'm going to be looking for him a lot."

Brent Miller had 11 catches for 173 yards and one touchdown last season, the next closest tight end on the team production-wise. The 6-foot-5, 237 pound senior started 11 of the team's 13 games last season at the H-Back position.

Miller is sure handed and relatively fleet of foot. He can play either the traditional tight end spot (labeled by ASU as the Y-position) or as an extra slot-type receiver (labeled by ASU the U-position) in a double tight end alignment.

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