Saturday, August 29, 2009

Day 21: Lou Miller '10

Lou Miller pressures Brown QB Michael Dougherty in 2007 (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics)

Lou Miller begins this season as Columbia's first returning All Ivy First Team Defensive End... well, ever. Sean Nichols was a First Team All Ivy player, but he switched to defensive tackle the following year.

It can be said without hyperbole that Miller has an excellent chance to go down as one of the best defensive ends in Columbia history. If he duplicates the job he did last season, he's at least in the top three.

Miller was a no-brainer pick for top honors after last season as he dominated the statistics for player at his position. 68 tackles, an incredible league-leading 19 and a half tackles for a loss, a league-leading eight sacks, and a fumble recovery.

All of this from a converted linebacker who had a more modest 26 tackles and one sack in 2007 as he acclimated himself to his new position.

An impressive off-season competing on the wrestling team has Columbia enthusiasts hoping Miller will have an even better senior season as a pass rushing and run-stopping force.

Coming to Columbia in 2006 from the football power St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Miller got into nine games as a freshman and made 24 tackles. He was immediately "one to watch."

Lou's younger brother Evan Miller '12 is a rising sophomore linebacker and his older brother Dave was an offensive lineman who graduated from Yale in 2007.


I received my season ticket package in te mail yesterday, and that's always a happy occasion in my home. Eve though I'm in the broadcast booth for each game, I always have the tickets ready for the friends, family and co-workers I bring to the home games. Consider buying a couple extra yourself and doing the same thing this year if you can.

The tickets again feature nice "in-action" pictures of current players. The five players featured ar Millie Olawale, Taylor Joseph, Adam Mehrer, Alex Gross, and Austin Knowlin... three seniors and two juniors.

See you at the games!


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