April 17, 2008

Callow Miller adds athleticism to d-line

MORGANTOWN--If any player on the West Virginia University football roster fit the definition of "project" upon arriving in Morgantown, it was defensive lineman Julian Miller. At a gangly 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Miller looked more like a shooting guard than a nose guard. But after gaining 30 pounds, the redshirt freshman is in the mix at defensive end.

After starring as a defensive end and wide receiver at Beechcroft High School in Columbus, Ohio, Miller knew he would need to put on weight and hone his technique to become a legitimate defensive end at the college level. While working with the scout team last fall, Miller accomplished both of those objectives.

"Last year I was able to put on a lot of weight, and (defensive line coach) Bill Kirelawich taught me to use my hands and play with the correct posture," Miller said at a recent practice. "Coach Kirelawich always tells me I'm one of the most powerful guys he's had if I can just learn to use it and get leverage on offensive linemen."

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