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Derek Miller
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Derek Miller

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Olathe, Kan.

High School:
Olathe East High

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 190

Position:
Quarterback

  Fifth-year senior and two-year starter who will hold down the free safety spot this fall ... Ranked 14th at Division I FCS free safety by Phil Steele's College Football Preview.

2009: Finished fourth on the team in total tackles (70) to rank tied for 19th in the MVFC and 212th nationally ... Led squad with four interceptions to rank tied for eighth in the league and tied for 51st nationally ... Finished with five passes defended and one fumble recovery ... Had two interceptions for 15 yards in win over Murray State (9/19/09) ... Posted season-best 13 tackles in narrow 24-17 loss to South Dakota State (10/10/09) ... Also had double-figure tackles with 10 in win at Western Illinois (10/17/09) ... Recorded nine tackles in season opener at Arkansas (9/5/09), including four solos ... Earned MSU Defensive Player of the Week and "game ball" recipient in road win at North Dakota State (10/24/09) with six total tackles and a key fumble recovery ... Was fourth on the team in solo stops (26) ... MVFC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award and Honor Roll.

2008: Finished ninth on the team in tackles (42), despite missing two games with injuries ... Returned a blocked punt 36 yards for a touchdown and matched a season high with seven tackles against Southern Illinois (10/25/08) ... Also recorded seven tackles against Western Illinois (10/4/08) ... Had six solo tackles, seven total stops and a tackle for loss at UNI (11/8/08) ... Forced a pair of fumbles against North Dakota State (11/15/08) ... Secured six total tackles in road win at Illinois State (10/18/08).

2007: Earned MVFC All-Newcomer honors after starting all 11 games at free safety and finishing third on the team in tackles (82) as a redshirt freshman ... Recorded double-figure tackles three times in a four-game stretch (9/22 to 10/13/07) ... Had career-high 14 tackles, including four solos, at Western Illinois (10/13/07) ... Posted 13 stops with five solos and a half sack in win over Illinois State (10/6/07) to earn MSU Defensive Player of the Week honors ... Finished with 12 tackles in home win over Central Arkansas (9/22/07) ... Secured career-high seven solo tackles and nine total in win at UT-Martin (9/6/07) ... Posted a 14-yard interception return in win over Indiana State (10/27/07) ... Factored in nine tackles, including five solos against UNI (11/3/07).

2006: Redshirted his first year at Missouri State ... Named MSU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week for Oklahoma State game (9/2/06).

High School: Four-year starter who helped team to a 31-4 record as starting quarterback for coach Jeff Meyers' Olathe (Kan.) East Hawks ... Was consensus Kansas all-state quarterback as a senior in 2005 as well as earning all-Sunflower Conference, all-Johnson County, Kansas City Star all-Metro and all-city honors ... Earned Johnson County Player of the Year, Olathe News Player of the Year and Sunflower Conference Player of the Year laurels his senior year, while breaking nine school and conference records ... Also earned second-team all-state distinction as a punter his senior season, helping him earn the honor of All-Metro All-Purpose POY ... Was also an honorable mention all-state quarterback as sophomore ... Hawks won three straight district and regional championships with Miller at the helm, advancing all the way to the state finals his senior year ... Was a three-year starter on the basketball team and earned one baseball letter.

Personal: Derek Cy Miller was born 6/27/87 in Oklahoma City, Okla. ... Son of Dustin and Tammy Miller of Olathe, Kan ... Majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology ... Has a brother, Hayes.

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