Miller's Time

Maikhail Miller

The spring semester was rather relaxing for Maikhail Miller. He didn't worry much with football, about his arrival at Ole Miss later this month.

For a few months, he swapped a football jersey for a baseball uniform at Itawamba Agricultural High School. Baseball is another sport he has played all his life. He has a passion for it, some games pitching, other games catching.

"It was a real relaxing time," he said. "It was just time for me to go play without a whole lot of stress. I've always played baseball my whole life, so it was a pretty good time."

His batting average hovered around .480, and he recorded five wins as a pitcher. Itawamba finished with a 16-14 overall record.

Miller was just playing ball, not worrying about his grades as maybe some other recruited high school football players do. Miller has a 3.3 GPA and has already made a qualifying ACT score. This is his last week of school. He signed with Ole Miss in February, and is expected to report to campus for the first summer session in June.

"I don't know how everybody else is doing, but I know it's a lot better to get (grades) out of the way early without worrying with ACT stuff and getting eligible and all that," he said.


Maikhail Miller
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But those stress-free months on the diamond are over now. He readies for his arrival at Ole Miss with the understanding he'll greyshirt, which prevents Miller from working out with and practicing with the team. He will, however, be granted access to team facilities.

"So far, we're going into the summer as is. I guess whatever happens, happens," Miller said. "I haven't thought too much about it. I accept what it is; I have a scholarship eventually however they put it. It's not a big deal."

Even still, reality has set in. In a week, he will be in college, removed from the routine of high school. Miller classified the change as somewhat of a shock, "a big difference" being some two hours from home.

Miller, a quarterback, threw for 1,636 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 1,148 yards and 22 touchdowns in his senior season at Itawamba. He was named second team All-State by the (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger.

He was a regular at Ole Miss' spring practices in April. He was familiarizing himself with his soon-to-be surroundings, keenly watching a three-man quarterback race between Randall Mackey, Barry Brunetti and Zack Stoudt.

"I've heard a lot about them, good and bad," Miller said. I was just seeing what I'm going to be doing in practice and stuff, and how (Ole Miss offensive coordinator and quarterbacks) Coach (David) Lee coaches. They're good. Everybody has their different opinions, but I liked it a lot. I saw a lot of things I need to work on watching them."

He won't get a chance to compete for the starting job this season. As noted, being a greyshirt, he won't be allowed to practice with the team. But he can work on the aspects of his game that need improvement, most notably his footwork.

"It feels good to be ready," Miller said.

Whenever that time comes.






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