Bruce Miller Named C-USA Defensive Player of the Year

Jessica DAnalyst IDecember 11, 2009

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Chris Crane #10 of the Boston College Eagles passes under pressure from Bruce Miller #49 of the Central Florida Knights on September 20, 2008 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The Eagles defeated the Knights 34-7.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Central Florida junior defensive lineman Bruce Miller has been named the Conference USA Player of the Year for 2009.

The vote came as a result of 12 ballots from Conference USA coaches. It marks the fourth time in five years that UCF has earned at least one of the league's major awards.

Miller helped lead UCF to the conference's top ranking in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, sacks, and tackles for loss, resulting in an impressive 8-4 record and a bowl berth.

Perhaps the biggest play of the season came from Miller against Marshall when he forced a fumble by Herd quarterback Brian Anderson with 2:12 left to go in a nationally-televised game. Because of the defensive end, UCF recovered the fumble and went on to drive for a touchdown with 0:23 to play, resulting in a 21-20 victory.

His 26 career sacks rank fifth in UCF history and ninth in C-USA's historic records. His 42.5 career tackles for loss are best for a Knight all-time.

Miller made 53 tackles on the year, 21 more than any other UCF defensive lineman.