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August 22, 2013

Former Andover star Miller eyes breakout season for Boston College

Former AHS star Miller eyes breakout season for Boston College

Brian Miller remembers every detail of the moment 11 months and three weeks ago.

After all, when you make your first catch in big-time Division 1 college football — against one of the most iconic teams in sports history — it’s not something you just forget.

“I remember the route exactly,” said the former Andover High star. “Everyone remembers their first catch. It was third down and I had a dig (route) across the middle of the field. I saw the ball coming my way and I was just praying that I held onto it. It was a crazy feeling.”

A year after his breakout performance against the University of Miami, Miller is looking to establish himself as a go-to player at receiver for Boston College, which kicks off its season at home against Villanova next Saturday.

“We’ve been working to get the fundamentals down and everything has been going good so far,” Miller said. “I feel great. I can’t wait to play a game.”

Andover football fans likely remember that Miller’s college football career began under unfortunate circumstances after being one of the top-recruited tight ends in the country.

As a senior with the Golden Warriors in 2010, Miller caught a pass during their eight-overtime epic against Lowell, only to be tackled low. He suffered a torn ACL and, as a result, not only was his high school career over, but he would also have to miss the entire 2011 season, due to be his freshman year at BC.

“The injury itself was very rough,” Miller said. “It’s never fun to have to go through something like that. But in the end it was kind of a blessing in disguise because I got to take a red-shirt year. That year gave me time to understand what college football is all about and taught me what I needed to do to get healthy and be ready.”

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