September 26, 2009
Miller goes back to Syracuse
Denver (CO) Mullen quarterback Jonny Miller took an unofficial visit to Syracuse during the summer and made a commitment shortly after the visit ended. This weekend Miller is coming back to Syracuse for his official visit and he is extremely excited.
"I am just looking forward to seeing the team play and bringing my friend out there with me, Junior (Nduka Onyeali) and see how much he likes it and try to really get him to come up there with me. That is basically what I am looking forward to."
Miller, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds committed to the Orange before seeing what Doug Marrone and his staff had done to the Orange program. Now after watching a few games Miller is pleased with his decision and where his future team is headed.
"Oh definitely I have watched all the Syracuse games on TV and I could not be more excited about where the program is going and how the players are playing, how they are responding to the coaches. I feel like we are going places and I am excited to see that."
While he has been watching the Orange play he has been focused on the play of quarterback Greg Paulus. The Orange staff has only had a couple of months to prepare Paulus for Division one football and they have made him into a quarterback who is able to manage a football game and even put up the sixth best passing game in Orange history. Miller is now wondering since he has not stopped playing football what the Orange coaches can do with him.
"For Greg to be out of football for four years and to be playing as well as he is, it is exciting for me to think about what the possibilities are for me and what I can do for the program. I can't wait to get up there and start playing."
Greg Paulus playing well in his first three games may have surprised some people, but the Colorado product knew Paulus would be able to compete at this level.
"Greg is a great kid, great guy," Miller said. "I did expect him to be like this. From talking to him I knew what kind of person he was, what kind of a leader he was, and what kind of competitor he is. You can know Greg for five minutes and you really see something that is pretty special."
Not only has he liked the quarterback play at Syracuse he likes what his future team is doing as a whole.
"I am very impressed. I think the game against Minnesota they should have won, the snap over the head is really the only reason they lost. Minnesota had 17 returning starters and they were over .500 last year and Syracuse had them beat. I know playing at Penn State in their house is a big thing and I felt that Syracuse played well. They left some points out on the field, but I know the players are playing as hard as they can for Coach Marrone and it is exciting to watch."
With only three games in the books so far this season Miller wants to see his future team pick up some more wins and head to a bowl game.
"I want to see them get to a bowl game. I think that they can do that. I think just continue to improve and play well. I feel they are going to make tremendous strides throughout this year and they are going to play real well."
On his second trip to Syracuse Miller will not be alone. As mentioned above Nduka Onyeali will be visiting with the quarterback. Miller feels that his friend would fit in well with the Orange.
"I just think it is a great fit for him. I think he really has a chance to change things at Syracuse. He is an impact player basically whatever college he goes to he is going to be a player and I know that. He is one of my best friends to and I think it would be a great thing, two kids from Colorado going out to Syracuse and changing things around, go to a BCS bowl maybe win a National Championship."
This season has gone well for the Mullen team and Miller is off to a nice start.
"The season is going real good. I have had a really good season so far and we are 4-0 right now. I think my completion percentage is at like 65 percent and I have thrown for about 800 maybe 700 yards with five touchdowns. It has been a good year."
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