Exclusive B/R Interview with Former West Virginia Mountaineer Julian Miller

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04:  (L-R) Julian Miller #97 and Bruce Irvin #11 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrate against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Former West Virginia Mountaineer Julian Miller had a great career while playing in Morgantown.

The defensive lineman out of Columbus, Ohio (Beechcroft High School) was an intricate piece in the Mountaineers success over the past four seasons.

While playing for the Mountaineers, Miller racked up over 26.5 sacks (top four in school's history).

He was a four-year letter winner, All Big-East performer, member of 2011 Big East champions and 2012 Orange Bowl champions.

I've known Julian Miller for several years. Miller is a class act and took time out of his busy schedule to complete this interview.

Miller and I spoke recently and he shared his views and experiences while playing for the West Virginia Mountaineers as well as preparing for his lifelong dream of making the NFL.


Ronnie: What was your biggest memory of playing for the West Virginia Mountaineers?

Julian: "My biggest memory would have to be my whole senior season...just the way it all played out. Everything from the rain-delayed game against Marshall beginning of season, to the College Game Day experience in Morgantown against LSU, the crazy snowstorm game at Rutgers, the mind-blowing loss to Syracuse to the last three games of the season winning each game close to get a Big East championship and of course the Orange Bowl victory. Just an amazing season and fun."

Ronnie: How did it feel coming back to Ohio, scoring a touchdown and beating Cincinnati to secure the Big East title?

Julian: "It felt real good...I mean I couldn't have scripted my last college game in Ohio any better. The TD was such a boost and something I've always wanted and what better place to get it than in my home state. Also playing at Paul Brown Stadium and beating Cincy when they were hot felt good, too."

Ronnie: Who is/was the best player that you have ever played against in college?

Julian: "The best player that I have ever played against in college had to be LeSean McCoy. My redshirt freshman year my first start was against Pitt, and the things I saw him do that year was amazing, and he's still a beast now in the NFL."

Ronnie: What will you miss most about college football?

Julian: "The thing I will miss most is singing "Country Roads" after every win at mountaineer field with all the fans."

Ronnie: Did your success in the East-West Shrine game give you a confidence boost?

Julian: "Yes, I believe it did. After getting all the positive feedback from scouts and others I really am feeling pretty confident as we get closer to draft day."

Ronnie: What are you doing to prepare for the NFL combine and pro day?

Julian: "I am currently out in Phoenix, AZ training at Fischer Sports with other NFL hopefuls four or five days a week. The experience is fun and I'm glad to be out here with a great group of guys."

Ronnie: Many feel that you can play standing up and with your hand in the ground. Are you willing to play as an outside LB in the 3-4 defense?

Julian: "I'm excited at the opportunity to be able to play both techniques. I am a student of the game and am willing to learn to play as an LB in a 3-4 defense or anywhere that a team would want or need to use me. I feel as if my versatility can really be used at the next level."

Ronnie: What is the craziest thing that has happen to you so far since preparing for the NFL?

Julian: "I would say that the craziest thing to happen to me so far while preparing for the NFL has to be the whole East-West Shrine game experience. Just to go through that week with a bunch of guys from around the country who are all considered All-Stars it was amazing and fun."


To catch up with Former Mountaineer Julian Miller, follow him on Twitter @JmillzHot97