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Versatile Playmaker Marc Miller Looking To Dominate His Senior Season at Brother Rice
By: Kyle Mills
Typical high school athletes have trouble mastering one position over the course of their football careers. There are so many different intricacies and techniques to every position that make it virtually impossible to perform well on the field playing somewhere you are not used to.
Brother Rice’s Marc Miller would laugh at the idea of staying in one place. The versatile playmaker has started at a different position every season since freshman year. Miller played DE as a freshman, MLB as a sophomore, and was moved from DT to OG during his junior season. All of these position changes were a result of his team asking him to move, not him constantly changing his mind.
“I had never played O-Line before until last season. When Mac Hendry (starting OG) went down with a torn ACL, we had no one to replace him. The coaches knew from previous seasons that I was a versatile player so they tired me out at the spot,” said the do it all Miller.
Not coincidentally, Miller was able to not only hold down the position but make it one of the strong suites of the team. He was able to learn the position very quickly as he says he got most of it down, “in a week, and then from then on started at OG the rest of the season”.
New Brother Rice football coach Dave Sofran has told Miller that this season he wants him to start at Offensive Tackle. Ironically, most colleges he has talked to forecast him as a DT because of his size, speed, and aggressive style of play. Miller always puts the team first and he thinks that playing on the offensive line will help a lot with his play on the defensive line. “I have a better understanding of what the offensive guy is going to try and do to block me,” said Miller.
Brother Rice has won three consecutive state championships and looks to win a fourth this season. Team leader Marc Miller has been a big part of two of those and helped legendary Coach Al Fracassa win a state championship during his final season as a coach. “It was great the first time I was apart of the second state title, but last year was much more meaningful since it was Coach Fracassa’s final season,” said Miller. Not only did the team win the state championship, they also went undefeated, which included beating Cleveland St. Ignatius and finishing #11 in the country at the end of the season.
Although already having two state championship trophies under his belt, Miller already has next season on his mind. “It is always nice to get that (Championship) ring and the State Champ title, but we don’t really focus on that. I am excited to have another great season but first it is about putting people in the right positions, winning that first game, then getting stronger each week.”
On February 26th, 2014, Marc Miller received his first offer to play football in college. Although he had little to no contact with the staff at Kentucky Christian University, they quickly offered the Brother Rice star after learning about him. “The coaches were really nice on the phone, it was great getting that first offer,” said Miller.
It will not be long before the 6 foot 4 inch 255 pound jack-of-all-trades continues to get more offers. Schools that he has visited and had contact with number around 20, with schools like: Bowling Green, Ball State, Northern Illinois, Duke, Harvard, Michigan State, and Toledo headlining the list.
Training with Rising Stars Recruiting is helping Miller improve this offseason as a player. “There is always something to improve on,” he said, “I am working on my quickness, strength, and honing the different positions I play.”
Marc Miller has a lot of things going for him, including being a leader on and off the field. Many football players say they want to lead by example but do not actually follow through by doing so. Miller on the other hand is able to accomplish this by: staying out of trouble, lifting everyday, going hard in practice, and maintaining an impressive 3.2 GPA at an academically demanding school such as Brother Rice.
When asked about his goals for the upcoming season, Miller responded, “We want to go as far as we can and help Coach Sofran get his first state title as our new head coach.”
A dominant force that can play five different positions, Brother Rice’s Marc Miller looks to win a third state title this season. If he can do this while continuing to work hard, he will surely become a top recruit in the state of Michigan in the upcoming months.
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