2011 Countdown: #89 Jack Miller

2011 Countdown: #89 Jack Miller

June 1, 2011
With the hairstyles of many of his future teammates, this picture is more
fitting than any actual pictures of Jack Miller.

This is the first post of the 2011 Season Countdown (the 2010 version can be found here).  In order from least to most, this countdown will outline the importance of the significant contributors on Michigan’s football team to the 2011 season.  This is NOT a list of players ranked from worst to best.  Rather, it’s a ranking of who is the most valuable to the team right now.  For example, last year’s #2 Troy Woolfolk might be less important this season now that Courtney Avery and J.T. Floyd have starting experience and there will be an influx of talented freshman cornerbacks; furthermore, Michigan has experienced options (Jordan Kovacs, Carvin Johnson, Marvin Robinson) at safety, another position at which Woolfolk could contribute.

On with the show . . .

Name: Jack Miller
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 270 lbs.
High school: St. John’s High School in Toledo, OH
Position: Center
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Miller was a high school senior.

TTB Rating: 69

At #89 on the list, Miller looks like the most likely freshman to redshirt.  Linemen almost always take their first year off.  And that’s especially true when there are at least five guys already on the roster who are capable of snapping the ball (David Molk, Rocko Khoury, Ricky Barnum, Elliott Mealer, Christian Pace).  If Miller needs to play in 2011, that means bad, bad, bad things have occurred.

Check out his commitment post from last June for highlights and analysis of his game.

Projection: Redshirt

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  1. Comments: 21386
    Jun 01, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    If you're looking back at a '11 recruit already for the countdown, you might take the opportunity to give him his TTB recruit ranking while you're at it. Just a thought.

    Especially since on the low end of this list there's not going to be too much interest or debate (unlike the top 10-20).

    Have to agree that I can't imagine anyone less significant to the '11 team than a 4th or 5th string undersized backup center who is a lock to red-shirt.


  2. Comments: 21386
    Painter Smurf
    Jun 01, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    He is probably a good pick for least valuable 2011 contributor. I think he has long term potential, though. Not sure I can put a finger on it, but he seems like a guy that carries himself well and has good balance and coordination. If his body responds well to the weight program, I think he has a shot as the future center when Molk and Khoury depart.

  3. Comments: 21386
    Blue in South Bend
    Jun 01, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Two things:

    First, do you have the entire list prepared already, or are you going to adjust the top 10-20 after you see some fall practice?

    Second, could you please sacrifice a goat or a Spartan to Angry Michigan BLANK Hating God before posting your top 5, lest another vital piece of the puzzle asplode shortly before the season again?

  4. Comments: 21386
    Jun 01, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    @ Lankownia 11:53 a.m.

    That's a good idea. I'll try to include TTB ratings of these 2011 recruits as we go through the countdown.

  5. Comments: 21386
    Jun 01, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    @ Blue in South Bend 12:44 p.m.

    1. I have ranked the 89 players already, but there will be a little ebb and flow for various reasons – injuries, August performance, etc. I've already flip-flopped two players on the list after I slept on it one night.

    2. I like goats. A Spartan on the other hand…

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