September 1, 2006

Miller competing for playing time on OL

One area that Ed Orgeron made a priority from last fall was to make the offensive line for the Rebels strength instead of the weakness it was in 2005.

He turned to one of the best line coaches in the country and recruited him as hard as a five star prospect, once he got the commitment from Art Kehoe; he knew that his recruiting class just got better.

"I was the first one to call Art as soon as I heard he was released from Miami," Orgeron said earlier in the year. "I knew how important he would be to our program and he has disappointed me since his arrival."

Kehoe's assignment was to take the Rebels current line and turn them into winners, make them bigger, stronger and faster and lets not forget leaner.

One of the linemen that are expected to help Kehoe achieve a better line this fall is red shirt sophomore Maurice Miller from West Helena Arkansas.

Last fall Miller was listed at 6-foot-3 and 345 pounds, he reported to camp this fall weighing in at 333 and with a lower percent of body fat.

"I'm definitely stronger and I'm in better shape than I was this time last year," Miller said. "We are learning new technique every day and we are competing every day for a starting position."

Miller has been impressed with his new position coach, and already has a lot of respect for Coach Kehoe.

"He is a big difference to our offensive line group," Miller said. "Coach Kehoe brings a lot of energy to our group and we needed that. He is a tremendous coach and we all getting better every day."

While Miller admits that there are things he needs to improve on such as playing lower on every down, he also knows what strengths he brings to the field.

"I have a good knowledge of the offense," Miller said. "That's one of my strengths, using my head and technique to beat my opponents."

Currently Miller is listed as second team right guard backing up John Jerry.

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