PLAYER PROFILE – DE/LB GABE MILLER

PERSONAL FILE

Gabe Miller

Born – December 5, 1987, in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Family – Parents are Mike Miller and Holly Rasche. He has one brother, Connor. Dad is the Crested Butte Fire Protection District manager. In 1998, Gabe moved from Crested Butte to the suburbs of Portland, Oregon with his mother and brother after his parents divorced.

BODY OF WORK

  • Height – 6-feet, 3 ½ inches.
  • Weight – 250 pounds.
  • 40-yard dash – 4.62 seconds (Pro Day).
  • 20-yard dash – 2.65 seconds.
  • 10-yard dash – 1.565 seconds.
  • Bench press – 33 repetitions at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 36 inches.
  • Broad jump – 9-feet, 6 inches.

He was not invited to the NFL Combine.

In the fall of his senior year in high school, Miller was listed at 6-4, 230 pounds, with a time in the 40-yard dash of 4.6 seconds. He bench pressed 300+ pounds, and had a 500-pound squat.

HIGH SCHOOL

Miller was part of the graduating class of 2006 at Lake Oswego High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The town surrounds Lake Oswego, a private lake where real estate prices are quite high. It’s one of the most sought after suburbs of Portland. Miller arrived there in his fifth-grade year.

He finished at LOHS with a 3.2 GPA and hit 1570 on his SAT.

Miller played four years of football for the Lakers varsity coached by Steve Coury. On defense, he played standup end in the school’s 3-5 scheme – basically a linebacker position – and on offense played TE, RB and FB.

He also actively participated in track and field at Lake Oswego High, but suffered a ruptured right Achilles tendon as a senior while running the 110-meter hurdles. The injury required surgery to repair the tendon.

During his high school track career, he participated in seven different events – 100 meters (11.54 seconds), 200 meters (24.74), 110-meter hurdles (15.54), 4×100 relay (44.54, he ran the anchor leg), shot put (49-feet,½-inch), long jump (18-feet, 1-inch) and triple jump (41-feet, 6 inches).

FOOTBALL

2005 – With the Lakers finishing with a 12-1 record and losing in the 4A state semi-finals, Miller caught 23 passes for 303 yards and 5 TD catches. He was Oregon’s 4A Defensive Player of the Year as a LB and honorable mention all-state as TE.

2004 – Miller was part of the LOHS squad that went 12-2 on the season, playing running back and linebacker, on a Lakers squad that went to the 4A Championship Game, before losing to Sprague High School. Miller had a 28-yard INT return for a TD in the title game.

RECRUITING

A four-star recruit according to most services, Rivals.com rated him the 11th best inside linebacker in the country. He was heavily recruited by Oregon State, California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Miller visited all those schools except Washington and verbally committed to the Beavers in January 2006.

COLLEGE

Miller graduated in December ’10 with a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from Oregon State University. He was offered a job with a Seattle construction company in January but begged off until the NFL Draft.

2010 – (Captain) 44 total tackles with 5 sacks as Miller’s best game came against Washington State, as he had 9 tackles, 2 TFL and 1.5 sacks. He was selected All Pac-10 honorable mention. The Beavers finished the season 5-7.

2009 – After 3 years at TE, he moved to the defense and LB in spring practiced. He played in all 13 games. Miller had 23 tackles, 3 sacks and forced 2 fumbles. His best performance was in a victory over Stanford with 4 total tackles and 1 sack. He played in the Las Vegas Bowl against BYU and had 3 tackles and a sack. OSU finished the year 8-5. He earned All-Pac10 academic honors.

2008 – Injuries of various types limited his involvement, as Miller played in nine games, but most of his time was spent as a blocking tight end. He did not catch a pass. In the Sun Bowl, the Beavers beat Pitt 3-0 and finished the season 9-4. He earned All-Pac10 Academic honors.

2007 – Miller played all 13 games, starting seven times with 8 catches for 124 yards and 1 TD. Against Arizona State, he had two catches for 47 yards and a TD. The Beavers grabbed a 21-14 victory over Maryland in the Emerald Bowl, as Oregon State finished 9-4 on the season. He earned All-Pac10 Academic honors.

2006 – Redshirt season after he tore his right Achilles for the second time in September ’06. The injury required a second surgery.

Defensive End 2009-10 seasons

 Year

 

G

 

S

Tot.

Tkl.

 

TFL

 

Sk.

 

FF

 

PBU

2010

13

13

44

8

5

0

2

2009

13

0

23

5

3

2

0

Totals

25

13

67

13

8

2

2

Tight End 2007-08 seasons

Year

G

S

Rec.

Yds.

TD

2008

9

0

0

0

0

2007

13

7

8

124

1

Totals

22

7

8

124

1

2010 Game-by-Game

 Opponent

 

S

 

W/L

Tot.

Tkl.

 

TFL

 

Sks.

 

FF

TCU

Y

L

44

0

0

0

Louisville

Y

W

3

.5

.5

0

Boise State

Y

L

4

1

0

0

Arizona State

Y

W

4

0

0

0

Arizona

Y

W

4

0

0

0

Washington

Y

L

4

1

0

0

California

Y

W

5

1

1

0

UCLA

Y

L

3

1

1

0

Washington St.

Y

L

9

2

1.5

0

Southern Cal

Y

W

1

1

1

0

Stanford

Y

L

0

0

0

0

Oregon

Y

L

3

.5

.5

0

Totals

13

5-7

44

8

5.5

0

EVALUATION FOR PRO FOOTBALL

Strengths – As an athlete, Miller is a mixed bag. For his size he has good speed, strength and quickness, but he doesn’t always show those skills. Plays aggressively whether he’s rushing the passer or playing the run. Does a good job of hand fighting to get off blocks and he always pursues. Very dedicated to the program and weight room; few will outwork him.

Weaknesses – Over his career he’s dealt with a number of injuries that have limited him. Miller has moved around during his whole football career on the field and is not advanced in any single area. He doesn’t have a lot of power in his lower body and thus gets run over at times. His pass rush needs a lot of work, as he doesn’t have a secondary move that really works.

Analysis – Really seems to go down as a jack of all trades and master of none. He was not on the radar for many teams after his senior season, and interest got ginned up after his workout when he put up some nice numbers. So is he a player or just a guy that was good in his gym shorts?

WHAT THE SCOUTS SAID

A scout for an NFC team said – “He was tough to evaluate because he didn’t play that much, and then there was the position switch. He really missed two of his five years because of injuries. Right now, he’s a workout guy, not a player in our view.”

A scout for another NFC team said – “If he can stay on the field and in one position, he could be quite a find. He moved around so much, you wonder whether he falls under the category of jack of all trades, master of none.”

WHAT OTHERS SAY

Lake Oswego football coach Steve Coury – “Gabe is a great player for a lot of reasons. He can do an awful lot of things. He has great hands, maybe the best hands of any kid I’ve coached; he blocks well; and he is a great high school running back. We move him around quite a bit on the field. Because of his versatility, he may be as good an all-around player as I’ve coached. He did a lot of things for us. He ran around and made plays everywhere. I thought he’d be a big-time tight end at Oregon State, but it turns out he’s probably better being the hunter than the huntee.”

WHAT HE SAID

“I have always liked to build things. I thought earlier in my life I wanted to be an architect and that goes with the same type of thing. They have a great program here and I like it. Hopefully someday I can be a general contractor or maybe a project engineer. Maybe further along I can have my own company.”

“My favorite pro team and it’s from growing up in Colorado is the Denver Broncos.”

On his football hero Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice – “A humble, blue collar, lunch bucket type of player that’s what he was. He always did the right thing. He would destroy everyone but wouldn’t celebrate afterwards, just handed the ball to the ref and did it again.”


3 Responses to “PLAYER PROFILE – DE/LB GABE MILLER”

  • May 12, 2011  - Blake says:

    Broncos fan cut him now!!! lol jk


  • May 12, 2011  - ChuckP says:

    Just an “observation from afar”, but he might have a tough time even making the final 53.


  • May 12, 2011  - vincent says:

    Gabe Miller is a good cantidate to be on the practice squad. Unless the CBA is reached fairly soon, there will be little to no time to coach the rookies. I liken this year to the redshirt year in college football. Few of these players will make much of an impact so wait until 2012 to truly evaluate these players.
    Gabe Miller would have been the strongest lb at the combine, with also one of the best 10 yard splits. He needs coaching for sure, but so does Houston, Bailey, Hudson (moving to C), and Baldwin-adjusting to press coverage and learning the full route tree.




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