Pros: By far the best TE if he declares, a big threat as a receiver, will create mis-matches all over the field.
Cons: Not as good a blocker as he could be, that part of his game needs to be refined.
Draft Exchange Analysis:
2004 HONORS WATCH: Mackey Award candidate ... All-America candidate ... All-ACC candidate.
AT VIRGINIA: 2004-- Opened the season with three receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown in the win at Temple ... wasn't thrown a pass against North Carolina ... saw his consecutive games streak end at 22, but he had a tremendous effort blocking according to Al Groh ... led the team with six receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns in the 51-0 shutout of Akron, marking the second multi-touchdown game of his career ... put UVa on the scoreboard first with a 16-yard catch ... was also a factor in the running game with his blocking ... was at the point of attack for most of UVa's 326 yards rushing, its best output in six years ... earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for his efforts ... caught one pass for 54 yards against Syracuse ... stands second on the team in receiving while also being an explosive blocker in the run game.
* * * WORTH NOTING: The top tight end in the country ... 2004 preseason All-American, along with teammate Elton Brown ... preseason leader for the Mackey Award as the nation's best tight end ... first-team All-ACC last season by the second-widest vote margin ... was the leading receiver in the nation among tight ends last season with 70 receptions for 835 yards ... those figures set ACC records by a tight end ... tied with Bruce McGonnigal for the most receptions in UVa history by a tight end with 103 ... 11th in school history in receptions ... 15th in Virginia history with 1,162 receiving yards, third among tight ends ... holds the ACC career record for tight ends with 15 touchdown catches, sixth in Virginia history ... has caught a pass in 21 consecutive games, the longest streak on the team ...sure-handed receiver gets a lot of attention for his pass catching ability, but he's also an outstanding blocker who enjoys it ... joins Elton Brown, Chris Canty and Brennan Schmidt as team captains this season.
HONORS: 2004--Preseason All-American.
2003--Second-team All-American by Collegefootballnews.com and by CollegeSportsReport.com ... honorable mention All-American by SportsIllustrated.com ... first-team All-ACC ... All-ACC by CollegeFootballnews.com ...first-team All-State by Virginia Sports Information Directors Association and by the Roanoke Times ...Collegefootballnews.com All-Bowl team ... ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play against Wake Forest on Sept. 27 ... ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play against Georgia Tech on Nov. 22 ...ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play against Virginia Tech on Nov. 29 ...received UVa's John Polzer Award for ability, sportsmanship and character ... Received the E. Paul Rogers, Jr. Memorial Scholarship for Football from the Virginia Athletics Foundation.
2002-- Second-team All-ACC ... Freshman All-America Team by Scripps/Football Writers Association of America ... first-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... first-team Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballnews.com ... first-team Freshman All-American by Rivals.com ... ... ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News ... first-team All-State by the Roanoke Times ... first-team All-State by Virginia Sports Information Directors Association ... honorable mention ECAC All-Star.
AT VIRGINIA: 2003--One of the most productive tight ends in the nation with one of the best seasons by a tight end in history ... was the leading receiver among tight ends with 70 receptions for 835 yards ... tied for 49th nationally and fourth in the ACC in receptions (5.38 rpg) ... sixth in the conference, tied for 81st in nation, in receiving yards (64.2 ypg) ... set ACC records for tight ends in receptions and yards ... sixth in the ACC with two 100-yard games ... joined Bruce McGonnigal (1989) as UVa's only tight ends with two 100-yard games in a season and the first one to do it in consecutive games (Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech) ... 60 percent of his catches went for either a first down or touchdown (42 of 70) ... led the team in receiving on seven occasions ...led the offense with five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown against Duke in the season opener ... three receptions for 17 yards against South Carolina to lead the team ... three catches for 51 yards at Western Michigan ... led for the fourth time in a row with seven receptions for 94 yards and a score in the come-from-behind win over Wake Forest ...all seven catches resulted in a first down or touchdown ... outjumped a Wake defender to snatch a five-yard scoring toss from Matt Schaub early in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 21 ... on UVa's last drive following Jamaine Winborne's interception in the final minute, he hauled in a 15-yard strike from Schaub to move the ball from Wake's 34 to the 19-yard line ... that catch set up Connor Hughes' 38-yard game-winning field goal with 10 seconds left ...had a relatively quiet game at North Carolina with four catches for 44 yards ... had another big performance in the overtime loss to Clemson with eight grabs for 52 yards and a touchdown ... caught nine balls for 77 yards and a TD vs. #7 Florida State ... three catches, 48 yards vs. Troy State and four for 22 yards the next game vs. N.C. State ... had one reception for a season-long 39 yards against Maryland ... caught six passes for 110 yards and a touchdown to power UVa to a win over Georgia Tech ...named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after becoming the first UVa tight end with a 100-yard game in 12 years ... garnered his second consecutive ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week award after having the type of performance most tight ends can only dream about ... hauled in 13 receptions for 145 yards--both career highs--to lead the Cavaliers to a 35-21 win over in-state rival Virginia Tech ...10 of his catches vs. the Hokies went for first downs ... his 13 catches are second-most by a tight end in ACC history ...led the team with 84 receiving yards on four catches vs. Pittsburgh in the Continental Tire Bowl ... hauled in a 52-yard scoring strike from Matt Schaub late in the first quarter for the game's first touchdown ... lettered for the second time.
2002--Started every game ... 33 receptions for 327 yards and nine touchdowns ... led ACC tight ends in receptions and touchdown and was third in yards ...finished second overall in the league in touchdown receptions ... third among ACC rookies in receptions and fourth in yards ... also threw a touchdown pass ...scored a touchdown in the first five games of his career ... took just seven games to set the school record for most touchdowns by a tight end ... caught four passes for 42 yards and one touchdown in his first game against Colorado State ...his only reception vs. Florida State was an 11-yard touchdown catch ... caught a touchdown pass and threw at scoring toss in an upset of South Carolina ...became the first non-quarterback to throw a touchdown pass for the Cavaliers since 1990 when he connected with fellow tight end Patrick Estes against the Gamecocks ...had just one catch, but it was a touchdown, vs. Akron ... two of three receptions in the comeback win over Wake Forest were touchdowns ... his second score enabled UVa to cut a 34-17 deficit to 34-31 ... his scoring streak ended with the Duke game, the only game he did not have a reception ... got back in the scoring column with an important touchdown against Clemson ... his 15-yard reception from Matt Schaub was the difference in the 22-17 win ...his only catch against North Carolina was a 42-yarder, the longest of his career ... scored Virginia's first touchdown against Penn State and finished with a career-high six catches for 50 yards ...caught three passes vs. N.C. State and two vs. Maryland in home wins ... led the team with 15 yards receiving and one touchdown against Virginia Tech ... caught three passes for a career-high 54 yards in the win over West Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl ... lettered.
2001-Did not play in any games and was red-shirted ... was in uniform for the Richmond game.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played quarterback and safety for head coach Doug Hubbard at Honaker High School ... ranked as the No. 15 player in the state by SuperPrep as a senior ... Associated Press Player of the Year as a senior and two-time AP All-State selection ... Virginia High School Coaches Association Group A Offensive Player of the Year as a senior ... two-time first-team Group A All-State selection ... earned All-Southwest Virginia first-team honors at quarterback ... a second-team all-state selection at defensive back ... Region D Offensive Player of the Year ... earned Region D first-team honors at quarterback and free safety as a junior and senior ... two-time Black Diamond District Offensive Player of the Year ... earned first-team Black Diamond District honors at quarterback and free safety ... passed for over 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 901 yards in 2000 ... as a junior, he passed 1,872 yards and 26 touchdowns, and rushed for 643 yards and 12 touchdowns ... led Honaker to an 11-2 record that season ... played first base on the Honaker baseball team and was a forward on the basketball team ... earned Black Diamond District first-team honors, and was an All-Region and All-State selection in baseball ... also earned All-District and All-Region honors in basketball.
PERSONAL: Earl Heath Miller ... born 10-22-82 in Richlands, Va. ... son of Earl and Denise Miller ... has a younger sister, Amanda (18) ... majoring in sociology.
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