UTM's Miller etches own name and Skyhawks in NCAA record books
Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 3:41 pm
With Miller’s 60-yard scoop for a touchdown giving the Skyhawks a 21-7 lead Thursday night, UT Martin (6-2, 4-1 Ohio Valley Conference) broke the record of three fumble recoveries for touchdowns set by Texas State in 2000. Miller, a 5-8, 175-pound junior safety from Demopolis, Ala., has three as an individual this season — an NCAA record — and Dorsett Pendleton has the other one, a 46-yard fumble return against Concordia.
The NCAA does not recognize records for defensive touchdowns, but Miller’s five are arguably among the all-time best for one season in NCAA history. Miller’s other touchdowns on the season came against No. 19 South Florida (64-yard fumble recovery), against Murray State (10-yard interception return and 32-yard fumble recovery) and Tennessee State (25-yard interception return).
Coming into the win over Tennessee Tech, Miller was highly ranked in several OVC categories including interceptions (second place), fumbles recovered (third), passes defended (eighth), tackles (13th) and tackles for loss (16th).
While the UT Martin offense is ranked in the top two in the nation for scoring offense (42.86 points per game), the defense has held its own, as well, with Miller and several others leading the way.
Miller has led the team in single game tackles once (12 solo tackles against South Florida), and has finished second in single game tackles three times on the 2008 season.
Earlier this season, Miller was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 28,. He also won the award Sept. 2, 2007, and was named to the OVC All-Newcomer team as a freshman in 2006.
UT Martin returns to action on Thursday at Graham Stadium, when they will host Jacksonville State for a nationally-televised game to be broadcast live on ESPNU. Kickoff time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.