Appalachian’s second-leading rusher from a season ago looks to take the reins as the team’s feature back in 2012 … despite missing nearly all of spring practice due to a shoulder injury, impressed ASU’s new offensive coaching staff enough to list him as the starting running back going into fall camp … greatest attribute is game-changing speed that makes him a threat to find paydirt every time he touches the ball … despite relatively small frame (5-9, 180 pounds) is a hard-runner that does not go down easily … is a top-notch pass-catcher out of the backfield.
2011: Ranked second on team with 380 rushing yards in his first season as a Mountaineer … carried the ball just 76 times, good for a stellar 5.0 yards per rush … also had 132 yards on 13 receptions, giving him a 5.8-yard overall average on offensive touches … also contributed sparingly as a return man on kickoffs (2 for 41 yards) and punts (1 for 0 yards) … turned in his best performance of the season in 49-42 win at The Citadel with 102 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 18 carries (5.7 ypr) … scored his only other touchdown of the year and finished with 60 yards on nine carries in rout over Savannah State … totaled 99 yards (76 rushing, 23 receiving) on 12 touches (11 rushes, one reception) in regular-season home finale against Western Carolina … amassed 86 yards (season-best 54 receiving, 32 rushing) in home debut versus North Carolina A&T … managed just three yards on five touches but made one of the Mountaineers’ biggest plays of the season at Elon, a five-yard touchdown catch that capped a 28-21, come-from-behind victory … both kickoff returns came in season opener at Virginia Tech.
Previous College: 2010 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) first-team all-American ... also named 2010 Northeast Conference Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year ... led Northeast Conference with 1,180 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns and 7.4 yards per carry as a sophomore in 2010 ... also hauled in 25 receiving yards to finish second in league with 1,205 all-purpose yards ... led Nassau to a perfect 11-0 record and the 2010 Northeast Conference championship ... coached by Germaine Miles.
High School: Played as a prep at Piscataway (N.J.) H.S., a school that has produced three first-round NFL Draft picks since 2010, including his cousin, New Orleans Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins ... helped lead Piscataway to 2008 North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 championship ... rushed for over 1,300 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior, including 206 yards on 25 carries (8.2 average) in state title game ... coached at Piscataway by Dan Higgins.
Personal: Full name is Steven Eugene Miller ... born March 23, 1991 (21 years old) ... son of Victoria Miller ... cousin, Malcolm Jenkins, played defensive back at Ohio State and is currently a member of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints ... majoring in management.