May 3, 2007

Spring Review: TE

Arizona State is set to return every starting offensive player from the second-half of the 2006 season with the exception of one. Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, that one player is second-team All-American tight end Zach Miller, who totaled 144 catches for 1,512 yards and 14 touchdowns in his three-year career before electing to enter the NFL draft in lieu of returning to Tempe for his senior season.

Losing a player of Miller's caliber in any year is tough, but for it to come on the heels of a season in which the Sun Devils finished seventh in the Pac-10 in passing offense could be particularly problematic for the program, especially considering he led the team in catches (50), receiving yards (484) and touchdown catches (4).

In addition to his success catching the football, Miller was considered to be one of the top blockers on the team, and he was instrumental in the success of the ASU rushing attack, which was as successful as any season in recent memory.

Miller's brother, Brent Miller had 11 catches for 173 yards and one touchdown last season, the next closest tight end on the team production-wise. The 6-foot-5, 237 pound senior-to-be, started 11 of the team's 13 games last season at the H-Back position. He's a versatile talent who will likely be the team's go-to player at the position group now that Zach has departed.

As a downfield receiver, Miller is very talented and may in fact not be much of a drop-off from his brother. He's sure handed and relatively fleet of foot.

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