48 Austin Miller
Austin Miller

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Austin, Texas

High School:
McNeil

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 207

Position:
Defensive Back

Birthdate:
04/28/1985

Experience:
2VL



Strong-legged placekicker who has handled kickoff chores since arriving at Academy ... earned starter's role for placements prior to 2004 campaign ... prevailed in three-way battle to earn those duties ... struggled with consistency before losing top job late last year ... put forth uneven performance this spring ... enters preseason camp locked in fight for starter's berth once again ... Justin Koenig and Joe Riley rate as top threats to position ... expected to retain kickoff duties for third straight year ... booming leg serves as weapon in field position battle ... owns 38 career touchbacks during West Point tenure ... 48.7 percent of kickoffs (38 of 78) have resulted in touchbacks for opponent ... terrific leader on and off field ... works hard in weight room ... numbers should continue to improve ... two-year letterman.

2004: Converted 4 of 5 field goal tries ... hit on 23 of 27 extra point attempts ... listed third on team in scoring with 35 points ... connected on first career field goal try against Connecticut ... converted 44-yarder that hit crossbar before bounding through uprights ... nailed 25-yard kick versus TCU before misfiring on 42-yard attempt in fourth quarter ... nailed 41-yard try during Homecoming win over Cincinnati ... kicked 28-yard field goal at Tulane ... 21 of 48 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks (43.8 percent) ... enjoyed six successive touchbacks during one stretch in Army's victory over Bearcats ... all but seven kickoffs landed inside opponent's 10-yard line ... dropped 34 of 48 kickoffs (.708) inside enemy 5-yard line.

2003: Appeared in all 13 contests ... served as Army's chief kickoff specialist ... did not attempt a single field goal or extra point ... accounted for 17 touchbacks among 30 kickoffs (56.7 percent) ... all but three kicks landed inside opponent's 6-yard line ... 5-for-5 on touchbacks in visit to Cincinnati ... one of five freshmen to earn varsity letter.

High School: Multi-position standout at McNeil High in Austin, Texas ... played for head coach Robert Wilcox ... garnered all-district accolades as outside linebacker and placekicker following junior campaign ... earned similar honors as kicker and punter following year ... helped lead team to first district championship in 2001 ... 53-yard field goal in 2001 playoff game against Copperas Cove marked longest kick in school history ... honorable mention all-district pick as a senior ... made 17 of 20 field goal attempts in two-year career ... went 7-for-7 from between 40 and 50 yards during final campaign ... served as team captain during senior season ... claimed school's "Maverick Award" as a senior ... honor presented to player displaying best combination of ability and leadership ... lettered twice in both football and soccer ... honorable mention all-district pick in soccer as a junior ... member of National Honor Society ... active member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... volunteered time for betterment of mentally handicapped youngsters ... bible study participant.

Personal: Born April 28, 1985 ... given name is Austin Richard Miller ... parents' names are Rick and Kathleen Miller ... father lettered in golf at Iowa State University ... paternal grandfather, Rich Miller, served in U.S. Navy ... maternal grandfather, Donald Hesse, served in U.S. Army ... Austin won "Best All-Around Kicker Award" at University of Texas summer football camp in 2002 ... enjoys playing guitar, golf and basketball in spare time ... majoring in Spanish.

MILLER'S KICKING STATISTICS

Year 11-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGs PATs Pts. Long/Opp. 2004 2-2 0-0 2-3 0-0 4-5 23-27 35 44/UConn Totals 2-2 0-0 2-3 0-0 4-5 23-27 35 44/UConn

MILLER'S KICKOFF STATISTICS

Year No. TB G-10 11-20 20+ Avg. 2003 30 17 10 2 1 2.5 2004 48 21 20 5 2 3.3 Totals 78 38 30 7 3 3.1

CAREER HIGHS
Field Goal Att.: 2 vs. TCU, 10-2-04
Field Goals Made: 1, Three times
Long Field Goal: 44 vs. Connecticut, 9-25-04
Extra Point Att.: 5 vs. USF, 10-16-04
Extra Points Made: 4, Three times

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