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Josh Miller

For most football players, their junior year is a chance to get excited about their senior season, and a chance to see what might be. If that’s the case, Cougar football senior Josh Miller has a lot to live up too.
As a junior, Miller was selected as First Team All-River Ridge District as both an offensive and defensive lineman. He was also selected as First Team and Second Team All Region 4 as an offensive and defensive lineman. Finally, Miller was one of a very few underclassmen to be selected to last year’s All-State Team, where he was selected as a Second Team defensive lineman. Not too bad for a junior.
Miller, who stands 6-foot, 3-inches tall and tips the scales at 300 pounds, is a level-headed young man though. When you talk to him, you would never know just how dominating he can be on the field of play.
Last season, he finished the year with 70 total tackles. Considering that most teams spent the season making sure they ran away from him, that’s not too bad. Miller also had 9 tackles for a loss and a pass deflection on defense. On the offensive side of the ball, he lead the team in pancake blocks. He’s also a monster in the weight room. This year, he finished up the off season with a bench press max of 425 pounds, a squat max of 605 pounds, and a power clean max of 300 pounds.
“Josh works hard for us, and he plays aggressive football,” said Head Coach Jack Turner. “We ask a lot of him, and he performs. It’s hard to be a two-way starter in the district we play in, because the competition is so tough. He does a fine job though, and somebody is going to get a good player at the next level.”
The next level is certainly an option for Miller, who has received interest from several schools. “I still haven’t made up my mind where yet, but I do know I want to play in college. There are a lot of schools out there that I could go and get some playing time fast. Ohio University, Elon, Ferrum and UVA-Wise are all good schools, but there are a lot of others out there too. Right now I’m focused on our season,” Miller said.
When asked what his best memory of Cougar football is, Miller said, “Beating Brookville in the Classic this year was big. They were ranked No. 1 in the state and we shut them down. I like the way our season is going so far too. Hopefully my best memory hasn’t happened yet.”
As for what he would say to upcoming players who are in the rec league and middle school systems now, Miller was very direct. “Don’t take anything. Good players aren’t built by taking the coward’s way out, but by taking it to the opposing team every single play of every single game. Work hard in practice and in the weight room, and when you play football be aggressive.”
Miller and the Cougars have a bye week this week, but take on the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers on Friday, October 3 on the road.

 

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Josh Miller

For most football players, their junior year is a chance to get excited about their senior season, and a chance to see what might be. If that’s the case, Cougar football senior Josh Miller has a lot to live up too.
As a junior, Miller was selected as First Team All-River Ridge District as both an offensive and defensive lineman. He was also selected as First Team and Second Team All Region 4 as an offensive and defensive lineman. Finally, Miller was one of a very few underclassmen to be selected to last year’s All-State Team, where he was selected as a Second Team defensive lineman. Not too bad for a junior.
Miller, who stands 6-foot, 3-inches tall and tips the scales at 300 pounds, is a level-headed young man though. When you talk to him, you would never know just how dominating he can be on the field of play.
Last season, he finished the year with 70 total tackles. Considering that most teams spent the season making sure they ran away from him, that’s not too bad. Miller also had 9 tackles for a loss and a pass deflection on defense. On the offensive side of the ball, he lead the team in pancake blocks. He’s also a monster in the weight room. This year, he finished up the off season with a bench press max of 425 pounds, a squat max of 605 pounds, and a power clean max of 300 pounds.
“Josh works hard for us, and he plays aggressive football,” said Head Coach Jack Turner. “We ask a lot of him, and he performs. It’s hard to be a two-way starter in the district we play in, because the competition is so tough. He does a fine job though, and somebody is going to get a good player at the next level.”
The next level is certainly an option for Miller, who has received interest from several schools. “I still haven’t made up my mind where yet, but I do know I want to play in college. There are a lot of schools out there that I could go and get some playing time fast. Ohio University, Elon, Ferrum and UVA-Wise are all good schools, but there are a lot of others out there too. Right now I’m focused on our season,” Miller said.
When asked what his best memory of Cougar football is, Miller said, “Beating Brookville in the Classic this year was big. They were ranked No. 1 in the state and we shut them down. I like the way our season is going so far too. Hopefully my best memory hasn’t happened yet.”
As for what he would say to upcoming players who are in the rec league and middle school systems now, Miller was very direct. “Don’t take anything. Good players aren’t built by taking the coward’s way out, but by taking it to the opposing team every single play of every single game. Work hard in practice and in the weight room, and when you play football be aggressive.”
Miller and the Cougars have a bye week this week, but take on the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers on Friday, October 3 on the road.

 

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