CSU's Miller garners MWC honor for record performance
Oct. 18, 2010
By Zak Gilbert
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After a performance to match his massive frame, CSU nose tackle Guy Miller is the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday morning.
A 6-foot-3, 302-pound senior from Scott City, Kan., Miller established a school record with 4½ sacks in Saturday’s 43-10 win vs. UNLV, breaking the mark of four shared by 1995 WAC Defensive Player of the Year Brady Smith and Mike Bell, a consensus All-American and the No. 2 overall selection in the 1979 NFL Draft.
He also broke the MWC record of 4, shared by six individuals, including 2010 first-round selection Jerry Hughes. On a national level, the performance matches the most sacks by a player this season, tying Robert Eddins of Ball State, who had 4½ against Central Michigan on Oct. 2.
The first CSU individual to claim the MWC’s weekly defensive honor since Robert Herbert on Oct. 31, 2005, Miller is expected to make his 20th straight start for the Rams Saturday when they travel to face No. 9 Utah (4 p.m. MDT, The Mtn.).
Miller, a sociology major, has an internship at the Larimer County Detention Center. He began his college career as an offensive lineman. An ironman, the team captain has not missed a game over his four-year college career, having played in 44 straight.
Remarkable considering he plays on the interior defensive line and gets double-teamed on virtually every snap, his effort Saturday included two sacks on fourth downs. Miller established his dominance on the first play of the Rebels game, combining with Davis Burl to throw RB Deante Purvis for a loss. He then picked up sack No. 1, a 9-yard loss in the first quarter, with UNLV threatening to enter the Rams’ red zone, and two snaps later hurried Omar Clayton on a third-down incompletion to force the Rebels to settle for a FG.
Later in the quarter, he combined with Alex Williams on his day’s second sack to end the opening stanza, then sacked Clayton for a 10-yard loss on the first play of a three-and-out possession late in the first half, establishing his career best. Finally, he ended consecutive third-quarter drives, a 10-play march and another that began after the Rebels blocked a CSU punt, with fourth-down sacks.
Miller’s 6½ sacks this season, with five games left, already are the most by a CSU player since Bryan Save had seven in 2003. Before Save, the last player with as many as seven in a season was Clark Haggans, who had eight in 1999 before launching an NFL career that to date includes two Super Bowl seasons.
Smith (16 in 1995), Joey Porter (14 in 1998) and Haggans (12 in 1997) rank first-third on CSU’s single-season sacks list.