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  Blake Miller
Blake Miller

Player Profile
Position:
Offensive Line

Experience:
2nd Year

Alma Mater:
LSU (1993)

Offensive Line
2nd Year

Coaching Experience
2009 - Utah
2009-
Offensive Line
2007-08 - Rice
Offensive Line
Run Game Coordinator
2004-06 - Texas State
2006 Offensive Line
2004-05 Co-Offensive Coordinator
Offensive Line
2003 - SMU
Offensive Line
2000-02 - Texas State
2001-02 Offensive Coordinator
Offensive Line
2000 Offensive Line
1997-2000 - Northwestern State
Offensive Line
1995-96 Kilgore HS (Texas)
1994 Episcopal HS (La.)

Postseason Games
1997 - NCAA I-AA Playoffs
1998 - NCAA-IAA Semifinals
2005 - NCAA Semifinals (FCS)
2008 - Texas Bowl
2009 - Poinsettia Bowl

It didn't take long for Louisiana native Blake Miller to get acclimated to Utah. In his first coaching job outside the states of Louisiana and Texas, Miller coached a first-team All-American and three all-conference players.

As Utah's first-year offensive line coach in 2009, Miller helped offensive tackle Zane Beadles put the finishing touches on a marvelous career that culminated with first-team All-America honors. A few months later, Beadles was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.

Along with first-team all-Mountain West Conference OL Beadles, Miller coached two second-team all-league picks: offensive guard Caleb Schlauderaff and center Zane Taylor.

A 13-year veteran of college coaching, Miller's most recent job prior to Utah was as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Rice University. The Owls went 10-3 in 2008 to tie for the most wins in school history--a record first established in 1949. Rice, the 2008 Conference USA West co-champion, finished the year with a victory in the Texas Bowl for the school's first bowl win since 1954.

Miller's line blocked for a passing game that featured 2008 first-team All-America receiver Jarrett Dillard and C-USA Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Chase Clement. Two of Miller's offensive linemen at Rice earned second-team all-conference honors: Robby Heos in 2007 and David Berken in 2008.

Miller went to Rice after the second of two stints at Texas State, where he coached from 2000-02 and 2004-06. He spent the 2003 season as the offensive line coach at SMU.

Miller was a coordinator during four of his six seasons at Texas State and he coached the offensive line the entire time. While at the San Marcos, Texas, school he produced three first-team all-conference players and a second-team All-American. In 2005 as the co-offensive coordinator, he helped fashion one of the best offenses in the NCAA FCS. Texas State posted an 11-3 record, tied for the Southland Conference title, advanced to the NCAA semifinals and earned a final national ranking of No. 4. The Bobcats finished eighth in the nation (FCS) in scoring offense, 11th in total offense and 15th in rushing offense.

In 2006, his last year at Texas State, the Bobcats led the conference in total offense.

Texas State also fared well during Miller's first term, when he was the offensive line coach from 2000-02 and the offensive coordinator from 2001-02. In 2000, the Bobcats went 7-4 and placed second in the Southland Conference--at the time, their best league finish as an NCAA I-AA member.

He began his college coaching career at Northwestern State (La.) from 1997-99 as the offensive line coach. Northwestern State won conference championships in 1997 and 1998. The Demons qualified for the I-AA playoffs both years, advancing to the semifinals in 1998 and finishing with a No. 3 national ranking. Miller coached two first-team All-Americans and three first-team all-conference players in his three years at the school.

He was a high school assistant coach in Louisiana (Episcopal High) and Texas (Kilgore High) from 1994-96.

Recruiting Area
West DFW Metroplex, I-35 corridor through central Texas

Playing Career
A four-year letterman and two-year starting center during his undergraduate days at LSU, Miller was a 1990 first-team all-SEC selection and LSU's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman in 1989 and 1990. He played in the 1990 Blue/Gray College All-Star game and the 1991 East/West Shrine game. He was drafted in the seventh round by the New England Patriots and played three seasons in the NFL with New England, Detroit (1992) and the New York Giants (1993). His best season was in 1992, when he played in 12 games for Detroit and started five.

Education
LSU, 1993
Bachelor's in general studies

Personal Data
Hometown: Alexandria, La.
Birthdate: Aug. 23, 1968
Family: Wife Melissa. Daughter Sophia and son Nathan.

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