Name: Ricardo Miller
Weight: 215 lbs.
High school: Pioneer High Schoo in Ann Arbor, MI (via Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, FL)
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #80
Last year: I ranked Miller #60 and said he would get minimal offensive reps. He redshirted.
Miller looked like the freshman receiver who was most physically ready to play in 2010, but the lone freshman wideout to play in 2010 was Jeremy Jackson. Miller did technically play special teams against UMass, but never saw action again for the rest of the season and therefore redshirted. I wasn’t terribly excited about his potential as a wide receiver, so I’m glad he’s switched positions to U-back, which is Al Borges’ version of a fullback/tight end hybrid (known elsewhere as an H-back).
Miller is a willing blocker and I expect him to be bigger than 215 lbs. when fall practice comes around, maybe in the range of 225. He still probably won’t be big enough (or technically sound enough) to be an in-line blocker, but he’s likely the best suited of the “tight ends” to play the old Aaron Shea hybrid position. That ought to get him on the field with some regularity, especially since fullback John McColgan isn’t particularly skilled.
Prediction: Backup tight end
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