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Class B football: Davenport's Matt Miller moving forward on his own

After his brother Mike Miller graduated, Matt must take over the leadership role for new-look Davenport.
by Jacob Unruh Published: August 26, 2012

— Matt Miller has always had his older brother Mike alongside him on the field.

But now the dynamic duo has become a solo act.

Mike Miller has graduated, leaving Matt to lead new-look Davenport.

“Me and my brother, we've always played together,” Mike Miller said. “It's kind of sad for me because he was a great player. Just him being out here was fun, having all of those seniors out here was fun because we grew up together. I mean, it's just sad.”

Mike's career ended last season during the Class B state championship game when he tore his ACL.

Matt remembers that, and he remembers the heartbreak of losing that game.

That's a big driving force behind this season for him — his fourth as the starting quarterback and now his biggest as the leader of a team with a new offense and almost entirely new supporting cast.

“I got a big leadership role this year,” Miller said. “I control everything: the offense, the defense, everything.

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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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Endorsements for Matt Miller

John Greenfield, Davenport coach: “He's just a hard worker. He's fearless. He'll do whatever needs to be done.”

Kevin Thomas, Davenport receiver: “He's got a real leadership quality because everybody listens to him and they look up to him. Last year his brother was the same way. Everybody looked up to him and this is his little brother, so they just kind of go with family.”

Austin Hall, Davenport linebacker: “He's just an all-around good leader. He knows what he's doing; we all trust him.”

Kenny McGough, Davenport defensive coordinator: “He's kind of what is going to make us go. He'll do it with his play and he'll do it in practice. He's always full throttle, great guy. He's doing right all the time.”


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