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Practice squad sightings

September 4th, 2006

A handful of players who didn’t make the 53-man roster returned to the facility Monday.

During the 30-minute period where media members are allowed to watch practice, it appeared those who have come back, presumably as practice squad members, included WR Will Buchanon, LB Rickey Brown, WR Burl Toler, C Chris Morris and DE Bryant McNeal.

(Disclaimer: Players were viewed from a distance, which leaves open the possibility that someone wearing the number of a previously released player who has similar physical charcteristics could be misidentified).

The club is expected to officially announce practice squad additons later on Monday, as well as uniform number changes.

LB Robert Thomas changed his number from 58 to 55, the number worn for the last three years by Danny Clark.

TE John Madsen (ankle) and DE Lance Johnstone (leg bruise) were working with training staff members and not dressed for practice. C Jake Grove (shoulder) went through individual drills with the offensive line.

_ Jerry McDonald
 
September 4 TE Derek Miller Signed to the Practice Squad
September 4 WR Burl Toler Signed to the Practice Squad
September 4 WR Will Buchanon Signed to the Practice Squad
September 4 LB Ricky Brown Signed to the Practice Squad
September 4 C Chris Morris Signed to the Practice Squad
September 4 DE Bryant McNeal Signed to the Practice Squad

Slightly different...
 
I expect Kent Smith to be there as part of the eight elegible spots. Very happy that Will Buchanon made it.

I forgot to mention this...the practice squad players caught toward the salary cap.
 
No real suprises. Really glad to see Buchanon and Chris Morris on that list.
 
I think Riddle is ineligible because he was in too many games last season.
 
Official practice squad

September 4th, 2006

Players signed to the practice squad according to a Raiders team spokesman are TE Derek Miller, WR Burl Toler, WR Will Buchanon, LB Ricky Brown, C Chris Morris and DE Bryant McNeal.

Number changes _ Robert Thomas from 58 to 55, James Adkisson from 47 to 88, John Madsen from 10 to 85.

Practice notes from Art Shell media session: Ronald Curry worked with first team at wide receiver but others were rotated in. Shell not interested in naming a starter . . . C Jake Grove worked in individual drills, got in some team work and also worked with the scout team . . . LG Barry Sims practiced with no restrictions . . . TE John Madsen (ankle), Lance Johnstone (shin) and WR Alvis Whitted (groin) did not practice . . . Raiders take Tuesday off and receive their game plan Wednesday.

_ Jerry McDonald
 
Angry Pope said:
I think Riddle is ineligible because he was in too many games last season.
lol dopey me:p

just making sure you all are on top of things over here:D :p
 
Plunkett16 said:
lol dopey me:p

just making sure you all are on top of things over here:D :p

We like when you come here. You are a good informed fan and very nice also.
 
Angry Pope said:
We like when you come here. You are a good informed fan and very nice also.
thank you and i like everyone here too even angel:p
 
Plunkett16 said:
thank you and i like everyone here too even angel:p
But, but Angel is a die hard Chef fan. Oh well, yeah I like her too. :p
 
Me thinks Curry will get the official start, but JP will get plenty of reps. The #2 might be in a state of flux for the first month or so. Curry, Porter and possibly Morant are the top 3 contenders.
 
I gotta think Moss and Porter will starft at the wides and Curry is in the slot wehn we go with three WR's.

Just what I think will happen because it's probably the best plan if the Raiders want to win. Got to get this thing started quickly.
 
Ricky Brown

Class:

Senior

Hometown:

Cincinnati, OH

High School:

Elder

Height / Weight:

6-2 / 235

Position:

LB



Notes

Winner of the 2005 Scanlan Award (along with Patrick Ross), the highest honor bestowed upon a BC football player that recognizes accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and in the community...finished his BC football career with 184 career tackles (118 solos), 4.5 quarterback sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two pass breakups...an athletic linebacker who earned a spot in the starting lineup in the fall of 2004...one of the hardest working members of the team in the weight room.

2005 Season

Started in 11 of 12 games at linebacker; played but did not start against Army...finished the season with 51 total tackles (38 solos), one half of a quarterback sack, 3.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup...recorded three assists in the season opener at Brigham Young...saw limited action against Army due to a broken bone in his right hand...returned to full strength and was credited with two solo tackles and one assist against Florida State...registered six solo stops at Clemson...recorded three solos stops against Ball State...made three solo tackles against Virginia...tallied five solo tackles, including two tackles for loss (for six yards) against Wake Forest...registered eight tackles (five solos) and two forced fumbles at Virginia Tech...was credited with five tackles (three solos) at North Carolina...tallied nine tackles (five solos), one half sack and one pass breakup in his final home game against North Carolina State...had four solo stops and one tackle for loss at Maryland...made two solo stops and one tackle for loss (for five yards) against Boise State in the MPC Computers Bowl.

2004 Season

Finished the season as BC's leading tackler with 81 (52 solos, 29 assists)...recorded 4.0 tackles for loss, totaling for 7 yards...registered a team-best two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries...notched career-highs in solo tackles (10), total tackles (13) and tackles for loss (two) against Syracuse; also forced a fumble in the game...totaled five solo tackles, six assists and one tackle for loss at Pittsburgh...made five solo stops and assisted on two tackles at Notre Dame... had five solo stops and two assists against Rutgers...notched three solo tackles, three assists and one tackle for loss at Ball State...registered four solo tackles, two assists and one fumble recovery against Penn State...made five solo stops and two assisted tackles at West Virginia ...made four solo tackles and three assisted tackles at Temple; recovered a third-quarter fumble and then forced a fourth-quarter fumble...closed out the season with a five-tackle effort (one tackle for loss) in the 37-24 win over North Carolina in the Continental Tire Bowl.

2003 Season

Finished the season with 30 tackles (17 solos), a pass break-up, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery...saw action in nine games and got the start in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl for the injured Brian Flores...had four tackles in that game...coaches moved him from outside to middle linebacker in spring drills...one of the hardest working members of the team in the weight room...registered three solos, one assist and a fumble recovery in season opener vs. Wake Forest...had one solo at Penn State...had two solos at Connecticut...had two solos, three assists against Miami...had five solos, one assist, one QB hurry in best performance of the year to date against Ball State...two solos, five assists, one QB hurry at Temple...one solo vs. Notre Dame.

2002 Season

A stellar defensive back in high school, Brown made the transition to linebacker and was one of four Eagle true freshmen to see playing time in 2002...listed at No. 2 on the depth chart at outside linebacker behind junior Brian Flores for most of the season...earned Big East All-Freshman Team honors from The Sporting News...credited with three solos, one assist and one sack against Stanford...notched one solo stop and one assist against Miami in the Orange Bowl...made five tackles, including four solos, against Central Michigan...recorded five tackles (three solos) and one forced fumble against Navy before suffering a knee sprain...returned to action in the Syracuse game, but then re-injured the knee and didn't play in the Temple or Rutgers games.

High School

Earned 2001 All-Midwest honors from PrepStar magazine...a two-time All-City and All-Greater Catholic League first-team selection...gained All-District first-team accolades as a senior defensive back at Elder High School; gained All-District second-team honors in 2000...made 80 tackles in his senior season, including four sacks and nine tackles for loss; also made two interceptions and forced four fumbles...returned one kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown...led Elder to an 11-2 mark in 2001...selected as the GCL Defensive Back of the Year as a junior...made 96 stops during the 2000 campaign; recorded five sacks, 12 tackles for loss and one forced fumble... set Elder High School records for career kickoff returns (23) and career kickoff return average (26.7 yards/return)...played for head coach Doug Ramsey...also excelled on Elder's track team, capturing the Most Valuable Sprinter honor as a junior and senior...served as captain of both the football and track teams in his senior year.

Personal

Richard G. Brown, born December 27, 1983...enrolled as a finance major in the Carroll School of Management...earned 2004 Big East All-Academic Team accolades...is the 2005-06 recipient of the Theodore J. and Theresa M. Gaffney Scholarship...Ricky and his younger brother Michael are the sons of Nancy and Rick Brown; Michael is a redshirt-freshman safety on the Ohio University football team.

Career Highs

Solo: 10 vs. Syracuse (11/27/04)
Assist: 6 vs. Pittsburgh (10/16/04)
Total: 13 vs. Syracuse (11/27/04)
TFL: 2 vs. Syracuse (11/27/04)
QBH: 1 (four times)
 
2003 Eagle to Watch:

Ricky Brown




Date: Apr 6, 2003

The first true freshman to see playing time for Boston College in 2002, Ricky Brown will be one of the keys to the Eagles' defensive success in 2003.


Ricky Brown is one of the toughest guys on the Boston College football team.

Ask fellow linebacker Patrick McShane, who Brown routinely drilled into the on-field tunnel during warm-ups against Syracuse in his first game back from a leg injury. And they're on the same team. Imagine how the opposition feels.

Brown stepped onto the Alumni Stadium turf in game two of the season against Stanford, before fellow top recruits William Blackmon and Jim Unis, and made his presence felt. He recorded a sack and three solo tackles against a potent Cardinal offensive attack, giving BC fans a glimpse of the team's future at linebacker.

He played well against Central Michigan and Navy as well, before injuring his knee and missing four games. He was back in full-force for the Syracuse game, until he hurt his knee on the soggy Alumni turf and missed the rest of the season.

Brown played safety at Cincinnati's Elder HS, home of BC class of 2007 signee Ty Hall. Just a year after his transition from DB to LB, Brown will step into the middle linebacker position on the Boston College defense as a sophomore, flanked by two senior outside backers: Josh Ott and Brian Flores.

Injuries were a problem for Ricky Brown in 2002, but when he was healthy he asserted himself on the field as a fast, hard-hitting linebacker with good awareness. In 2003, Brown must stay healthy, as the Eagles' linebacker corps is the linchpin of the defensive unit.

Toughness and skill are not even a question for Ricky Brown. BC fans will keep their fingers crossed, as much of their team's success in 2003 will rest on the shoulders (and knees) of middle linebacker Ricky Brown.
 
William Buchanon

Class:

Senior

Hometown:

Oceanside, Calif.

High School:

Oceanside HS

Height / Weight:

6-3 / 185

Position:
WR

Birthdate:

04/05/1983

Experience:
3V



2005: Buchanon, who also has seen action at cornerback in his career (where he has starting experience), will serve as a backup wide receiver as a senior in 2005.

2004: Buchanon was a reserve wide receiver as a junior in 2004. Overall in 2004 while seeing action in 12 games (all but UCLA), he had 4 catches for 15 yards (3.8 avg.). He caught 2 passes for 11 yards versus Arizona.

2003: Buchanon began his 2003 sophomore season as a backup cornerback, but was switched back to backup wide receiver by mid-season. Overall in 2003 while seeing action in 7 games (all but California, Washington State, Arizona, UCLA and Oregon State), he made 3 tackles, an interception and a deflection on defense, but didn't have a catch on offense. He suffered a sprained back prior to the Washington State game and missed USC's last 4 games. He had 2 tackles and the interception against Stanford.

2002: Buchanon came into his 2002 redshirt freshman season as a backup wide receiver, but was moved to cornerback in the pre-season when injuries hit the secondary. He made an immediate impression, even starting 3 mid-season games (Oregon State, Washington State, California) when Ronald Nunn got hurt (he saw significant action at Kansas State when Nunn was injured early in that game). Overall in 2002 while appearing in 11 games (all but Auburn and Arizona State), he had 19 tackles, including 1 for a loss of 4 yards, and 6 deflections. He had 4 tackles at Kansas State and 3 deflections at Washington State. He sprained his neck at Stanford and missed the Arizona State game.

2001: Buchanon saw brief action at wide receiver in USC's first 2 games (San Jose State and Kansas State) of 2001, his first year at USC, but then a lower back sprain sidelined him for the rest of the season. The early-season injury allowed him to redshirt. He did not catch a pass.

HIGH SCHOOL: He earned 2000 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Student Sports Senior All-American, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region Super 30, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF San Diego Section first team and All-Avocado League Co-MVP honors as a senior at Oceanside (Calif.) High. He had 30 receptions for 553 yards (18.4 avg.) and 5 TDs in 2000. Oceanside was 9-4-1 in 2000.

As a 1999 junior, he caught 24 passes for 553 yards (23.0 avg.) and 5 TDs as Oceanside won the CIF San Diego Section Division II title.

He made 30 catches for 302 yards (10.2 avg.) as a 1998 sophomore.

In his career, he caught 90-plus passes for 1,621 yards and 15 scores. He also had 5 career interceptions (1 for a TD) as a defensive back in his career.

He also was on the track team at Oceanside, with bests of 11.19 in the 100 meters, 22.73 in the 200 meters, 48.6 in the 400 meters, 21-10 ¾ in the long jump and 43-11 in the triple jump.

PERSONAL: He's an African American studies major at USC. His father, Willie, was a 1971 All-American cornerback at San Diego State who was a 3-time Pro Bowler during his 11-year (1972-82) NFL career, the first 7 seasons with the Green Bay Packers and the last 4 with the San Diego Chargers (he also prepped at Oceanside). Willie's second cousin is former Trojan fullback C.R. Roberts (1955-56).

WILLIAM BUCHANON ON:

His father, Willie:

"People I talk to said he was like the Deion Sanders of his day."

WHAT OTHERS SAY:

Former USC wide receiver Kareem Kelly:

"There are balls that may seem out of range for him, but he has such a long frame that everything is within range for him."
 
A Quiet Leader


William Buchanon


By Damien Breaux

Date: Dec 26, 2005

Quick, name the fastest player on the USC roster. I’ll give you a hint: he can play multiple positions, and his last name starts with a “B.” If you said Reggie Bush, you’re close. He’s the second fastest Trojan. Meet William Buchanon, the wide receiver turned cornerback…turned wide receiver. But you would never know just how quick he is; Buchanon isn’t one to tout his own accomplishments.

“I ran a 4.26 (in the 40-yard dash) in the summer,” he said, though he didn’t volunteer the fastest Trojan part of the story without being prodded. “I don’t talk about it though. It’s not a big deal. It’s not like me to talk about that stuff.” And that pretty much sums up Will Buchanon: he quietly goes about his business, does his part to help the team, and never seeks personal recognition.

By all accounts, Will was destined to play football. His father, Willie, was a 1971 All-American at San Diego State before playing in 3 Pro Bowls during an 11-year NFL career. With genes like that come expectations. You would think that would put added pressure on Will, but according to him, that’s not the case.

“I don’t see it as extra pressure, no. He’s someone I can talk to about football, but there’s no added pressure.”

Pressure or not, Buchanon wasted no time in making a name for himself. During his years at Oceanside High School, he caught more than ninety passes, averaging almost twenty yards per reception. On defense, he intercepted five passes and returned one for a score. In 2000, his senior season, he was named a Super Prep All-American, and was the co-MVP of the Avocado League. Then came the recruiting process.

“I wanted to go someplace that was still close to home, but far enough away to be on my own,” he said. “I definitely wanted to stay in California. It really came down to USC and UCLA. When I visited, I don’t know, I guess I was just feeling SC more. It felt right. And no regrets, obviously.”

And thus began William’s long cardinal and gold journey through college football. It’s had its ups and its downs, but throughout it all, he has remained positive.

In his first couple years on campus, Will simply couldn’t shake the injury bug. As a freshman, he was able to get his feet wet in USC’s first two games, but a lower back sprain held him out the rest of the season. It wasn’t exactly the way Buchanon had imagined his career beginning.

“It was tough, man. That back injury was early, I ended up redshirting. I couldn’t even practice until bowl preparations. It was really hard.” As if that wasn’t hard enough, William had to stand by and watch his teammates lose a close game to Utah, 10-6, in the Las Vegas Bowl.

The next season took on a different feel. Preseason injuries led to depth concerns at cornerback, and Buchanon was switched to defense. In USC’s third game, at Kansas State, starting corner Ronald Nunn went down, and Will was tossed into the fire. It was a learning experience for the entire team, as a late rally came up just short. But Will took the loss personally.

“That K-State game a few years ago is probably my least favorite memory as a Trojan. I wish I could’ve done more to help my team. I was a freshman, and it was just a tough game. It’s not a fun one to think about.”

Despite the loss, the Trojans went on to finish 11-2, and #4 in the country. An Orange Bowl victory over Iowa capped the dream season. It was USC’s announcement to the college football world that the sleeping giant had awoken…Troy was back, and Will had been a part of it.

In 2003, the coaching staff switched Will back to offense midseason, and he never complained.

“Wide receiver is my first love. But I really enjoy playing DB too, so wherever they need me, I’m happy to play. I can’t say that I favor one over the other, just whatever they need.” Unfortunately, for the third season in a row, William suffered a serious injury when he sprained his back prior to the Washington State game (he had also sprained his neck in the 2002 season).

Luckily, since that time Buchanon has remained relatively injury free. He has also found a home at wide receiver, where he has stayed since 2003.

As William matured into an upper classman, he realized that the younger players would be looking to him, and the other older players, to set the example. And he has embraced that role with his work ethic, not his mouth. Will understands that actions speak louder than words, and he has dedicated himself to this team. Hard work is what earns you respect in Troy, and there’s a reason Will’s teammates admire him. The 2005 season brought Will’s favorite memory as a football player, and one that Trojan students, fans, and alums will not soon forget. October 15th in South Bend, Indiana. The streak on the line. The rivalry restored to its previous level of glory. The nation watching. We all know what happened.

“Celebrating on the field after the Notre Dame game, that was the best moment of my career,” Buchanon said. “We sealed the victory, it was incredible. I can’t even describe it. Just an amazing feeling.”

It’s a story he will be telling his grandchildren one day. Heck, it’s a story we fans will be telling our grandchildren, and most of us weren’t lucky enough to be there.

As great as that day was though, Will prefers to look forward: “We’ve still got one more left to finish this thing,” he said. January 4th in Pasadena, the Trojans will be shooting for history. The hype has already spiraled out of control, and this year’s team is being compared with some of the all time greats. But the attention doesn’t phase Buchanon or his teammates.

“It’s not hard to stay focused. I don’t even think about the streak. I didn’t even know it was at 34 straight games until I saw it on the news the other day. We don’t talk about it, because it doesn’t matter. The next game is what counts.”

Speaking of the next game, what does USC have to do to beat the Longhorns? According to Will, it takes more of the same.

“We prepare like we always do. We treat every game the same. It’s not about the other team or where the game is played. It’s about us. We have to do the little stuff right. D-line shooting gaps, receivers hanging onto passes, and all that. We do the little stuff right, pay attention to the details, and hopefully the victory takes care of itself.”

Following the Rose Bowl, and what hopefully will be his third national title, Will plans to begin a workout regiment designed to get him ready for the NFL combine.

“After the game I’ll take about a week off, then go back home to start working with a trainer. I have to get ready for the combine and that stuff. So hopefully that all works out. That’d be nice. And if not, I’ll probably get into real estate in the San Diego area. That’s the other plan.”

NFL or real estate, Trojan fans will be wishing Will the best of luck in his future endeavors. He’s been through ups and downs, offense and defense, wins and (thankfully) very few losses. He has always worked hard and earned his way. And as his collegiate career draws to a close, Will has some words of advice for future Trojans: “Work hard. Bust your butt and listen to the coaches. It takes awhile to adjust to the time demands of playing and schoolwork, but once you do, it’s alright. Most importantly, cherish your four years here, because it’ll fly by and you don’t get it back.”

No matter what happens on the fourth of January, Troy is proud to call Will one of their own. He’s embodied the Trojan spirit, and represented USC with class. Fight on, William!
 
Bryant McNeal

Position: Defensive End/Linebacker
College: Clemson
Height: 6-4
Weight: 248
Hometown: Swansea, S.C.



ANALYSIS

Positives: Has a lean, tall, muscular frame … Quick off the snap and shows the ability to use his hands effectively to escape the cut blocks … Has good ball-reaction skills, dropping off in coverage quickly … Keeps his feet and strings plays wide with his lateral agility … Stays low in his pads and extends his arms properly to wrap and secure the ball carrier … Quick off the edge and does a good job of protecting his legs … Shows power in his upfield rush.

Negatives: Has struggled to maintain and add weight to his frame … A lack of bulk is the major reason he gets engulfed by the larger blockers … Little stiff in his straight-line charge, causing him to struggle when trying to locate the quarterback … Needs to play with better leverage as he gets cut too often … Inability to generate a power charge results in him getting washed out at the point of attack … Plays with his hand off the ground and may be better suited for linebacker due to his difficulty in adding weight.

CAREER NOTES

One of the top pass rushers in college football, the two-year starter has drawn comparisons to Miami Dolphins' Jason Taylor for his explosive burst off the line of scrimmage … A collegiate defensive end, he could shift to linebacker at the pro level … Recorded 156 tackles (89 solos) with 21 sacks for minus-147 yards and 34 stops for losses of 181 yards while also coming up with 46 quarterback pressures, 5 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries as he started 25 of 48 games.

2002 SEASON
All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team selection … Started all year at weakside defensive end … Recorded a career-high 64 tackles (40 solos) as he led the team with 8 sacks for minus-56 yards and 13 stops for losses of 66 yards … Had 14 quarterback pressures, 3 deflected passes and a fumble recovery.

Georgia - Scooped up a fumble and raced 55 yards for a touchdown, adding 4 tackles with a pair of pressures.

Louisiana Tech - Made 4 tackles with a pressure and deflected a pass.

Georgia Tech - Followed with 3 pressures, 2 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 5 tackles (3 solos) and a 4-yard sack.

Ball State - Had 5 tackles, 2 sacks for minus-16 yards and a pressure.

Virginia - Credited with a 10-yard sack, 6 tackles and a pressure.

Wake Forest - Totaled 6 solo tackles and a pressure.

Duke - Was in on 5 tackles (3 solos), including a stop for a 4-yard loss, 3 pressures and a pass deflection.

North Carolina - Registered 5 tackles (4 solos), a pressure and an 8-yard sack.

Maryland - Had another 5 tackles, adding a 10-yard sack, a pass break-up and a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage.

South Carolina - Collected 7 tackles with a 5-yard sack and 2 stops for minus-6 yards.

2001 SEASON

Recipient of the Solid Rock Award, given to the team's most consistent down lineman … Started every game, finishing third in the ACC with 8 sacks (minus-51 yards), and tied for second in caused fumbles with 4 and ninth in stops for losses with 12 for minus-61 yards … Had 18 quarterback pressures and a pass deflection … Also recovered a fumble.

2000 SEASON

Played in every game, recording 23 tackles (10 solos) with 2 sacks for minus-13 yards and 3 stops for losses of 14 yards … Credited with 6 quarterback pressures and caused a fumble.

1999 SEASON

Named the team's Defensive Rookie of the Year … Played in every game as a reserve defensive end, recording 15 tackles (9 solos) with 3 sacks for minus-27 yards and 6 stops for losses of 40 yards … Credited with 8 quarterback pressures.

1998 SEASON

Redshirted as a freshman.

INJURY REPORT

No injuries reported.

CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS

4.6 in the 40-yard dash … 405-pound bench press … 560-pound squat … 340-pound power clean … 37-inch vertical jump … 9-foot-11 broad jump … 34¼-inch arm length … 10-inch hands … Right-handed … 15/22 Wonderlic score.

COMBINE AGILITY TESTS

ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE

34 10¼ 18 4.88 2.87 1.69 22 34½ 9-9

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Swansea (S.C.) High … Class 2A All-State and All-Region selection both his senior and junior seasons … North-South All Star game participant … Region Defensive Player of the Year … All-Area Lineman of the Year … Voted the team's Defensive Player of the Year … High School Sports Report Top 100 selection … SuperPrep honorable mention All-American … PrepStar All-American defensive lineman … Three-year letterman in basketball and one year letterman in track … Voted the basketball squad's MVP in his senior season … All-area in basketball his senior season as he averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds a game … Played for Coach Robert Maddox.

PERSONAL

Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management major … Comes from a large family (six brothers and five sisters) … All competed in basketball … Born Bryant A. McNeal on July 13, 1979 … Resides in Swansea, S.C.
 
Derek Miller

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Carlisle, Pa.

High School:
Boiling Springs

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 275

Position:
Offensive Tackle/Tight End

Experience:
3V



On Miller: Senior tight end who is the Terps' primary blocking tight end ... a big target with good pass-catching skills who excels in short-yardage and goal line situations ... saw the bulk of his action in two-tight end formations in his first two years but started every game last season ... posted a 35-inch vertical jump in spring testing.

2004 (Junior): Started all 11 games ... had one reception for seven yards ... team's highest-graded tight end as a blocker ... (at Duke) ... caught his only pass of the season ... bowled over a Duke defender to pick up seven yards on the catch.

2003 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games, starting one when the Terps' opened in a two-tight end formation ... finished the season with two receptions for 10 yards and a touchdown ... (at NCSU) ... had a 2-yard touchdown reception on a play-action pass from Scott McBrien in the second quarter ... touchdown was his first of the season ... (at FSU) ... made his first reception of the season, a diving effort in the fourth quarter for a gain of eight yards.

2002 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 14 games, seeing action as the Terps' No. 2 tight end ... finished the season with two receptions for 10 yards and a touchdown ... (Peach Bowl vs. UT) ... fractured his right fibula in the third quarter ... (at CU) ... made his first career TD reception on a 1-yard pass from Scott McBrien in the first quarter ... (vs. Wofford) ... made his first career reception on a nine-yard pass ... play was good for a first down.

2001 (Freshman): Redshirt season.

High School: A 2001 graduate of Boiling Springs (Pa.) High School ... played tight end and defensive end as a senior ... helped his team allow just 9.6 points per game on defense in 2000 ... totaled 123 tackles (51 solos) and 21 sacks in addition to catching 25 passes for 423 yards and five touchdowns ... set school career records by a tight end for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns ... was the Bubblers' first-ever Division I football signee ... helped BSHS to the district playoffs and a 9-1 overall record in 2000, equaling the most wins by the school in 49 years ... named to the All-Sentinel All-Star team as a tight end/defensive end ... was a three-way first team All-Mid-Penn League selection, earning recognition as a tight end, defensive end and placekicker ... also named second team all-league as a punter ... selected team most valuable player as a senior ... also lettered in baseball ... was also recruited by Boston College.

Personal: Derek Miller was born June 10, 1983 ... son of Connie and Jon Miller ... degree is in criminology and criminal justice ... is working on a new major in family studies.
 
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