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Anthony Miller Memphis Wide Receiver 5-11, 190, 4.53, #3 Memphis, Tenn. Christian Brothers 10/9/1994
Dec. 14, 2017: Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller was named a consensus all-American by the NCAA. He fiinished with 92 catches for 1,407 yards and 17 touchdowns this season and ranks second in the country in the latter two categories.
When the Tigers face Iowa State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30, Miller needs just three catches and 27 receiving yards to tie his own single season school records set a year ago.
A three-year starter at Memphis, Miller has been the featured weapon of the Tigers’ offense the past two seasons, playing both outside and in the slot. He has benefited from two innovative offensive head coaches (Justin Fuente and Mike Norvell) and two draftable quarterbacks (Paxton Lynch and Riley Ferguson) over his Memphis career, leaving with almost every school receiving record.
Miller doesn’t look like much physically, but he can win in several ways, not relying on one dominant trait to be productive. He is a crafty route runner, provides a good-sized strike zone for his quarterback and is one of the best catch-and-go creators in this draft class, using his sudden feet, loose body control and spatial instincts to skirt defenders. A passionate worker with excellent tape, Miller displays the polish and playmaking skills that create flashes reminiscent of Antonio Brown, projecting as a steady No. 2 NFL receiving option with the ceiling of a No. 1 and basement of a quality slot option.
BACKGROUND A no-star recruit out of high school, Anthony Miller was a standout in track and football at Christian Brothers, setting a school record with 1,779 receiving yards his senior season – also holds school records in the long jump, triple jump, 300-meter hurdles 110-meter hurdles, which won him a state championship (14.44). Despite his stats, Miller went underrecruited with only FCS-level scholarship offers, choosing instead to walk on at hometown Memphis (signed a blank piece of paper at his signing ceremony), where both his parents attended school – his father (Tony) played football for the Tigers
. After redshirting in 2013, he missed the entire 2014 campaign due to a shoulder injury. Miller returned as a sophomore in 2015 and started four games, leading the team with five touchdown catches and finishing second on the team with 694 receiving yards on 47 catches. He became Memphis’ top weapon in 2016 as a junior, putting together the best season by a receiver in school history with Memphis-records for catches (95), receiving yards (1,434), touchdown catches (14) and 100-yard receiving games (eight) in a season to earn Second Team All-AAC honors. Miller bypassed the NFL to return for his senior season where he came close to matching his junior production.
STRENGTHS Galloping route acceleration. Uses head and body fakes to sell post and corner routes. Large catch radius with quick hands to stab-and-stash. Holds a graduate degree in catches along the sideline with his footwork, body control and ball skills. Tracks beautifully over his shoulder, making proper mid-route adjustments to finish. Makes the “wow” catches look routine with his large hands and diving skills, bailing out his quarterback.
Excellent vision as a ballcarrier to turn short catches in long gains. Outstanding toughness and won’t give himself up, fighting for every yard. Competes with an intense edge, which shows both as a blocker and receiver. Leads by example with his work ethic and devotion to getting better – chemistry with his quarterbacks doesn’t happen by accident. Self-confident and bets on himself – walked on at Memphis instead of accepting a FCS scholarship offer. The most productive receiver in Memphis history, setting the all-time school marks for catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns – joined Isaac Bruce as the only players in school history to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in a season. – Dane Brugler 12/12/2017
WEAKNESSES Ordinary height, build and length. Consistent speed, but lacks explosive gears to get defenders off-balance in coverage. Needs to eliminate the wasted motion in his routes. Sticky hands to make incredible catches, but up-and-down concentration leads to drops – often caught focusing on the looming hit or play after the catch. Returned punts as a junior, but lacks overall experience as a returner (6.9 punt return yards career average). Older prospect and will turn 24 years old during his NFL rookie season. – Dane Brugler 12/12/17
DEC 14, 2017: Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller was named a consensus all-American by the NCAA.
He becomes just the third player in school history, and the first at a skill position, to earn that designation, joining former Tigers kicker Joe Allison (1992) and punter Tom Hornsey (2013). in college football, the lists used are compiled by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America, the American Football Coaches Association and the Sporting News.
Miller earned first team all-American honors from the AP and the AFCA and got tabbed as a second team selection by the FWAA and the Sporting News.
Miller is the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns at Memphis. He also owns school records for the most catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in a game and season.
The former walk on finished with 92 catches for 1,407 yards and 17 touchdowns this season and ranks second in the country in the latter two categories.
Started all 13 games … Put together the best season by a receiver in school history … Set school season records for receptions (95), receiving yards (1,434), TD catches (14) and 100-yard receiving games (8) … Led the squad with 1,600 all-purpose yards (69 rush/1,434 receive/97 punt return) … His 1,600 all-purpose yards are the fourth-most for a season in program history (top-three season all-purpose yardage totals are held by DeAngelo Williams)
… Ranked among the American Athletic Conference leaders in receptions (4th; 95), receptions per game (4th; 7.3), receiving yards (2nd; 1,434), receiving yards per game (2nd; 110.3), all-purpose yards (3rd; 1,600) and all-purpose yards per game (5th; 123.1) … Also ranked among FBS leaders in receiving yards (9th), receiving yards per game (9th) and TD catches (9th) … Had 13 multi-reception games, including five contests with double-digit catches … Set school’s single-game receptions record with 15 (169 yards/2 TD) in the home upset win over No. 18/21 Houston … Last catch was the game-winning TD reception from 10 yards out with :19 left on the clock … Caught 12 passes for a school single-game record 250 yards and two TD vs. Tulsa …
Tied the school record for TD catches in a game with three scores vs. Western Kentucky in the Boca Raton Bowl … Had 11 receptions for 151 yards vs. the Hilltoppers … Other 100-yard performances came against Southeast Missouri (103 yards/9 catches), Ole Miss (132/10), Navy (134/9), SMU (102/4) and USF (153/10) … Six of his 14 TD catches were 40 yards or more … Had a career-long 84-yard TD catch vs. Kansas … The 84-yard reception is tied for the sixth-longest in school history … Rushed for a career-high 56 yards on three carries vs. Kansas … Had a career-long 41- yard run vs. the Jayhawks … Recorded a career-best 261 all-purpose yards (250 receive/11 punt return) vs. Tulsa … The 261 all-purpose yards were the seventh-most in a game in program history.
Played in 12 games ... Made four starts ... Missed the game at Houston with an injury ... Caught a pass in all 12 games in which he played ... Squad’s third-leading receiver in receptions (47) and second in yardage (694) ... Grabbed a team-high five TD passes ... His 14.8 yards per catch was third on team ... Registered 11 multi-catch games ... Had nine carries for 54 yards and two TD ...
Tied for second on squad with seven total TD (5 receive/2 rush) ... Tied as team’s third-leading scorer (42 points) ... Also played on the kick (4 returns/105 yards) and punt (3 returns/28 yards) return teams ... Second on team with 881 all-purpose yards (694 receive/54 rush/105 kick return/28 punt return) ... Saw first collegiate action in the season-opening win over Missouri State ... Had his first collegiate rush (1 carry/5 yards) and reception (1 catch/5 yards) vs. the Bears ... Recorded first multi-reception game with three catches (61 yards) in a road win at Kansas ...
Had breakout performance in a home win over Cincinnati ... Hauled in five catches for a season-high 156 yards and one TD ... The 156 yards are the 14th-most for a single game in program history ... Part of his 156 yards was an 82-yard TD reception in the first quarter to give Memphis a 14-10 lead ... The 82-yard catch tied for the 10th-longest in school history ... The TD catch vs. Cincinnati was his first collegiate score ... Second 100- yard receiving game was a 132-yard performance in the upset win over Ole Miss ... Grabbed a season-high 10 passes vs. the Rebels ...
The 10 receptions tied for the ninth-most for a game in program history ... Had third 100-yard receiving game with 106 yards (5 catches) in a road win at Tulsa ... Rushed for a season-high 28 yards in a home win over Tulane ... Had 153 all-purpose yards (33 receive/11 rush/105 kick return/4 punt return) in a home loss to Navy ... Recorded season bests for kick returns (4), kick return yardage (105) and long return (47) vs Navy ... Injured and did not play in the Houston game ... One of seven different receivers to catch a TD pass from QB Paxton Lynch in the first half in the regular-season finale victory over SMU ... Hauled in the fifth of Lynch’s seven first-half TD tosses for a 42-0 lead ... Had three catches for 10 yards vs. Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl.
After red-shirting in 2013, did not see any game action in 2014. ... Preseason injury sidelined him for the campaign.
Three-year letterman for head coach Kevin Lacastro at Christian Brothers High School ... A 2012 FOX13 All- Mid-South Team on offense ... Participated in the 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Classic and scored two TD ... Finished prep career as the Purple Wave’s all-time leading receiver with 1,779 yards ... Also had 14 career TD ... A two-time Commercial Appeal Best of Preps selection in 2011 and 2012
Helped the Purple Wave post a 9-2 overall record in 2012 … Christian Brothers ended the regular season with a four-game win streak … Won the last four games by an average of 30 points … Member of the 2012 Purple Wave team that made a Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Division 2-AA state playoffs quarterfinal appearance ... Four-year track and field letterman ... A 2013 Commercial Appeal Best of the Preps Track and Field Athlete of the Year finalist ... The 2013 Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Division II Class AA state 110m hurdles champion (14.44) ... Undefeated in the 110m hurdles in 2013 ... Also TSSAA Division II Class AA state runner-up in the long jump (22-11.75) ... Two-time regional 110m hurdles champion in 2012 and 2013 ... Holds school records in the long jump, triple jump, 300m hurdles and 110m hurdles.
Son of Tony and Andrea Miller ... Born in Memphis ... Birthday is October 9 ... Has one sister, Alainee ... Sociology major.
Draft Scout Player News
03/02/18 - 2018 NFL Combine, Friday: Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller suffered a right foot injury in the bowl game, forcing him to sit out the Senior Bowl. He was medically cleared prior to the Combine and recently started sprinting. Although he won't be running in Indianapolis, Miller does plan to do perform all the drills at his pro day. He did lift at the Combine and posted an impressive 22 reps of 225 pounds. Miller remains the top-ranked senior wideout on my draft board. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Key Medical Evaluations: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis...After a relatively healthy final few seasons for the Tigers, Miller suffered a right foot injury in the bowl game, missing the Senior Bowl. Some around the league have expressed concern about the severity, which could have an impact on his draft grade. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/29/17 - 2017 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Anthony Miller, Memphis, Sr.,...Memphis' all-time leading receiver with 220 receptions for 3,340 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns, which are all program records...Miller is top-10 nationally this season in receptions per game (7.1), receiving yards (1,212) and receiving touchdowns (14)...Miller's 14 receiving touchdowns this season ties his own school record, which he set in 2016...He has five 100-yard receiving games this season and holds the program record with 16 total 100-yard receiving games...Caught a program single-game record four TD passes in this season's win at UConn...Miller stands among the top-10 scorers in program history with 36 total TD (33 receiving/3 rushing) for 216 total points, which is good for eight. - Memphis Football
11/27/17 - NOV 27 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Anthony Miller, Sr., WR, Memphis, Memphis, Tenn.,...Had three receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown in a 70-13 win against ECU. - American Athletic Conference Football
11/21/17 - The SMU-Memphis match-up on Saturday featured a pair of outstanding wide receiver prospects with SMU redshirt junior WR Courtland Sutton (6-3, 218, 4.58, #16) and Memphis redshirt senior WR Anthony Miller (5-11, 190, 4.53, #3). Sutton was held to only one catch, but he made it count, working through the defensive back to stab the ball and dive for the end zone to complete a 35-yard score. On the other hand, Miller couldn't be contained, finishing with eight catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He doesn't have elite size or speed, but there are very few weaknesses to his game. Overall, Sutton will be favored by several NFL teams due to his size and athleticism, but Miller is the better wide receiver right now. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com