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Deepest of Deep Dives: Markeith Miller, RB, Mary Hardin-Baylor

Okay, so before I start I have a disclaimer. At no point am I saying this guy is going to be a future NFL Hall of Famer. I am just here to “spread awareness.”

Markeith Miller is a senior that is plying his trade for Mary Hardin-Baylor in the NCAA Division III, American Southwest Conference. Granted, there are not a lot of Division III players in the NFL, but occasionally there are strong talents at this level of college. Currently, the NFL boasts seven players from DIII including Pierre Garcon, Jerrell Freeman, and Ali Marpet.

Why Markeith Miller?

For some reason, back in 2016, I found myself watching the Division III championship game between Mary Hardin-Baylor (MHB) and Wisconsin-Oshkosh, with MHB winning the game 10-7. I noticed a guy who ran hard, ran with passion, and gave 110% on every snap. That guy was Markeith Miller. So this got me looking further into his background and tracked down his high school highlights on HUDL.

Miller is a hard runner. He isn’t the fastest guy on the field, but he is ridiculously difficult to bring down. His balance is unreal, which allows him to make good yardage after contact while he fights for every yard he can get. Miller also looks good in pass protection, which is something NFL teams look upon favorably.

The big downside: He is one-dimensional. During his three years at MHB, he has made 28 receptions for 188 yards and one touchdown. But let’s be honest, there are a lot of running backs in the NFL that don’t get used in the passing game, so I am not going to fret too much over this.

Over his three years in college, Miller has started in 33 games and had 497 rushing attempts for 3,001 yards. He has averaged over six yards per carry and has amassed 44 touchdowns. His biggest game was in 2016 when he went off for 235 yards and three touchdowns against Belhaven.

So far this season, he has already been named to the D3football.com Team of the Week twice and has earned the American Southwest Conference Co-Offensive player of the week two weeks in a row to open the 2018 season.

Granted, he is playing in a lower division on a team that is one of the better ones at that level. However, to run like he does still takes amazing talent.

To sum up, as I said at the start, I am not saying Miller is going to explode into the NFL and become a pro-bowler in his first NFL season. Just keep an eye on him… If an NFL team notices his talent and takes a chance on him, he could carve out a professional role. And if that does happen, remember who told you about him!

Follow me on Twitter, @DFF_JamesH for all sorts of football talk! I am also a strong advocate of @playnohalftime, an amazing app where you can go head-to-head with anyone on individual player fantasy matchups.

jhanmore

I work as an In-Play US Sports trader, father to Elijah, Archie and Izzie. Fan of Pittsburgh Steelers. Play the game as DT for Staffordshire Surge (Find them on Twitter @StaffsSurge). FSWA member. Follow me on Twitter @DFF_JamesH

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