June 16, 2010
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By Leigh Torbin
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF defensive lineman and preseason All-American Bruce Miller (Canton, Ga.) is the subject of the profile section on Page 3 of today's edition Sporting News Today. The Q&A touches on a wide array of Miller's interests both on and off of the football field.
The nation's leader in both career sacks (27) and career tackles for loss (44), Miller has all ready been named to several preseason All-America teams. In fact, Miller's 27 career sacks tie Florida's Alonzo Johnson for the ninth-most ever by a FBS player in the college football-rich state of Florida, a list that includes six first round NFL Draft picks. Lindy's preseason annual listed him as Conference USA's top NFL prospect, ahead of even Heisman Trophy candidate Case Keenum of Houston.
Named the 2009 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, Miller made 13 sacks and 18 tackles for loss last year as a junior. A versatile end who also moved to tackle and played a three-technique in UCF's nickel package, Miller also was credited with seven forced hurries and three pass breakups last fall, helping the Knights lead C-USA in total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense, sack and tackles for loss. UCF was fourth in the nation last fall in rushing defense, topped only by BCS bowl participants Texas, Alabama and TCU.
|STATE OF FLORIDA FBS SACK RECORDS|
|NO||PLAYER|| SACKS || YEARS ||SCHOOL|| NFL DRAFT|
|1|| Daniel Stubbs|| 39.5|| 1984-87 || Miami || NFL 1st Rd. Pick|
|2|| Reinard Wilson || 35.5|| 1993-96 || Florida St.|| NFL 1st Rd. Pick|
|3|| Greg Mark|| 34.5|| 1986-89 ||Miami || NFL 1st Rd. Pick|
|4|| Peter Boulware || 34|| 1994-96 || Florida St.|| NFL 1st Rd. Pick|
|5|| Alex Brown|| 33|| 1998-01 || Florida || NFL 1st Rd. Pick|
|6|| Elton Patterson||30.5|| 1999-02 || UCF|| NFL 7th Rd. Pick|
|7|| Kenny Holmes||30|| 1993-96 || Miami || NFL 1st Rd. Pick|
|8|| George Selvie|| 29|| 2006-09 || USF|| NFL 7th Rd. pick|
|T9|| Alonzo Johnson || 27|| 1981-85 || Florida || NFL 2nd Rd. Pick|
|T9|| Bruce Miller|| 27|| 2007-09||UCF|
He made perhaps the most pivotal play of UCF's season during an ESPN-broadcast Sunday night game against Marshall. Trailing at home to the Thundering Herd 20-14 with 2:12 to play, Miller forced Marshall quarterback Brian Anderson to fumble. Freshman All-American John Robinson recovered the ball for the Knights and Brett Hodges
capped the ensuing drive with a game-winning touchdown pass to Rocky Ross
with 23 seconds left to play. The emotional win helped spur on a 5-1 close to UCF's 2009 regular season and earn the team a spot in the St. Petersburg Bowl with an 8-4 record.
Returning 17 starters from that team, UCF is a popular pick to win the C-USA East Division in 2010. The Sporting News is one of several publications which have made that choice, in the process ranking UCF No. 47 in the nation heading into the season.
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