Zach Miller is a tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who selected him with the 180th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Miller, who played quarterback at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, was the first player selected from Nebraska-Omaha since TE Ryan Krause in 2004.
Prep Career
Miller was a three-sport star at Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo, NE. After setting school records as a senior with 1,200 passing yards and 980 rushing yards, Miller signed with the University of Nebraska to be an option quarterback for Frank Solich, but left the Cornhuskers when Solich left, and transfered to Nebraska-Omaha.
College Career
After serving as a backup in 2005, Miller took control of Nebraska-Omaha's option offense in 2006, rushing for 1,098 yards and a school-record 19 touchdowns. Miller was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award as the best player in Division II. Miller followed that up with a junior season in which he more-than doubled his passing yardage, throwing for over 1,500 yards while still cracking the 800-yard mark on the ground. As a senior, Miller threw for more than 1,500 yards for the second consecutive season while adding 1,000 yards on the ground. Despite his prowess under center, scouts told him his football future was at the tight end position, which he played for the first time at the Cactus Bowl, a Division II All-Star game. Miller had six catches in that game.
NFL Career
Miller was selected in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Before the 2009 season, Miller signed a four-year contract with Jacksonville.