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    76 - James Miller Position: Offensive Guard
    Class: Sophomore
    Height: 6-6
    Weight: 310
    High School: Ft. Lauderdale H.S.
    Hometown: Pompano Beach, Fla.
     
    photo         Is scheduled to start at the left guard position this fall ... One of four true freshmen to see action last season ... Was a solid No. 2 man behind Jake Grove at right guard ... Gained valuable experience while averaging nearly 18 plays per game ... Was named one of the team's most improved players during 2002 spring practice ... Works extremely hard and possesses good size and footwork ... Has gained a good understanding of the Tech system, but still needs to get better as a pass protector ... Should continue to benefit from Tech's athletic performance program ... Has a perfect football temperament ... Should have a bright future with the Hokies ...

    2001: His 351-pound push jerk was the fourth-best among the offensive linemen during preseason testing ... Saw action in 10 of the Hokies' 11 regular season games, plus the Gator Bowl ... Played on 160 offensive snaps on the year ... Got his first taste of collegiate action in the opener against Connecticut ... Played 30 offensive snaps versus the Huskies ... Played 29 offensive plays against Western Michigan and 19 at Rutgers ... Had three knockdown blocks at West Virginia ... Graded 83 percent in the Boston College game ... Posted a 500-pound back squat during spring testing ... Moved to left guard during the spring ... Shared the Dr. Richard Bullock Award as the team's most improved offensive player with quarterback Bryan Randall ...

    2000: Enrolled at Tech for the second semester in January ... Went through the winter strength and conditioning program ... Opened spring practice working at right tackle, then moved to right guard ...

    High School: Ranked the No. 59 player in Florida by SuperPrep and listed as the No. 3 defensive end on The Florida Times-Union Super 75 team ... Lettered three seasons as a tight end, defensive end and long snapper for Coach John Timmons at Ft. Lauderdale High ... Contributed 21 solo tackles and 26 assists his senior season ... Also posted four quarterback sacks, six hurries and two pass deflections ... Graded out a team-high 87.6 percent for his work on the offensive line ... Was second-team all-state ... Voted the team's offensive MVP in '99 and served as the team's captain his last two seasons ... Played in the conference all-star game and was nominated for the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game ... Caught a game-winning touchdown pass against Boca Raton High during his junior season ... Also competed in basketball, baseball and track ... A Brian Piccolo Scholar-Athlete who was active as a community service volunteer ...

    Personal: James Miller ... Born 8/13/81 in Sylva, NC ... Son of Rick and Sherry Miller ... His dad was the head basketball coach at Western Carolina from 1972-83 ... Enrolled in university studies.

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