Oklahoma mailbag: Junior year A.D. Miller’s lucky charm?

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Travis Rowell asks, Do you think A.D. Miller will have a big year?

It depends how you define big, Travis.

Miller’s 4 receptions for 34 yards in the spring game doesn’t seem like much, but he showed he can be a reliable target. His first catch from quarterback Kyler Murray was over the middle and in some heavy traffic. To me, it was one of the better receptions of the day because of the number of defenders around.

This is a make-or-break season for Miller. The first three haven’t gone his way. He has just 14 catches and 2 touchdowns despite making 14 career starters during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Perhaps, Miller was poised for a breakout season last year until a string of quadriceps injuries forced him to redshirt in his third season. I know that was tough on him. Throughout September and October of last season, he would arrive at the stadium before the team on Saturdays and go through workouts with strength coaches. By November, the decision was made for him to redshirt.

Miller looked on the bright side of last season.

“It helped me a lot,” he said. “I got an extra year of going against the defense and develop a lot more. Got a little faster and worked on my technique, so it worked out for me.”

I think there’s a role for Miller in this offense for this season. The Sooners’ receiver corps isn’t overflowing with big receivers with any sort of experience. Outside of CeeDee Lamb, there isn’t one who has proven he can overwhelm a cornerback with his size.

If Miller can be consistent, I think he could be one of Oklahoma’s top five receivers this season. But he has to show something this season. With Trejan Bridges, Theo Wease and Arjei Henderson all arriving for the 2019 season, older players who haven’t shown much are going to be in a tough spot.

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