After 22 months away from the sport, Miller made his return to the gridiron last Sept. 1, when he took the field for the Eagles in their match-up with Miami.
“It was such an amazing feeling to be out there in the Miami game,” Miller said. “It had been so long since I had played any sport at all, so being in a competitive environment again is something I can’t even describe.”
Not only did Miller play, he stood out in his first college outing. He caught three passes for 38 yards, including a key first down, and drew a pass interference call in the end zone.
“He made a few big plays in the first half of that game,” Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig said. “Then, in the second half, he made a big play on third or fourth and 10. He has to keep doing stuff like that and he can become a very trusted receiver for us.”
Injuries, however, proved to once again be a thorn in Miller’s side last season.
“Nothing major, but it was a lot of nagging injuries,” said Miller, who after playing 49 plays against Miami played just 74 plays and caught one more pass the rest of the season. “I just kept working through it and trying to contribute.”
Once the season came to an end — a challenging run for the Eagles that saw them finish just 2-10 after which coach Frank Spaziani was fired — Miller and the rest of his squad began to prepare for the 2013 season under the tutelage of new head coach Steve Addazio.
The offseason included another surgery. But this one may have been less bitter than sweet.
“It was to take the hard wire out,” said Miller, a marketing major with a 3.1 GPA, which earned him the Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement.