STILLWATER — Replacing former quarterback Zac Robinson and four of its five starters on the offensive line sat atop the list of priorities for the Oklahoma State football program heading into spring practice.
With All-American running back Kendall Hunter returning, the running back position was far from a concern. The eyes of coach Mike Gundy and offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen have, undoubtedly, spent more time focused on the quarterbacks and offensive line.
Yet, both coaches have noticed running back Travis Miller. The sophomore from Marlin, Texas, has been one of the Cowboys’ most impressive performers this spring.
"What we’ve seen out of him is good,” Holgorsen said. "He’s got a ways to go before he’s in the league of Kendall Hunter, but at times out there, I can’t tell which one is which.”
Quite the compliment.
After finishing with 13 carries for 59 yards in 2009, Miller entered the spring as a player who could greatly benefit from Holgorsen’s arrival. And the 5-foot-9, 192-pounder has proven to be an excellent fit.
"He is a fast guy,” quarterback Brandon Weeden said. "If he gets out in the open, not many guys are going to catch him.”
The Pokes’ previous offense wasn’t a great fit for Miller. His forte is open-field running, not physical running between the tackles.
In Holgorsen’s offense, Miller will get the ball on the perimeter and on screen passes.