Today the Aggies best defensive player (arguably, only because Michael Hodges is a beast) got the most prestigious award of his young career. The Dick Butkus Award for the top collegiate linebacker has gone to Von Miller for his ability to wreck havoc on opposing quarterbacks, among other things.
While it's true that rushing the QB is not his only talent, it is what brings him the most recognition on the highlight films.
After leading the NCAA in sacks in 2009, Miller made the noble decision to come back for his Senior season at Texas A&M and was rewarded.
He finished the season with nine and a half sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, six pass deflections, and three forced fumbles. He was held in check for the first half of the season due to a high ankle sprain that severely limited him, but came on strong after he finally got healthy.
He was a First Team All-Big 12 unanimous selection for the second straight year, and was arguably the best defender during the conference schedule. Seven and a half of his sacks came in the six game winning streak that allowed the Aggies their first meaningful bowl game since the 2006 season when they played in the Holiday Bowl.
This season, the Aggies meet the LSU Tigers in the 75th addition of the Cotton Bowl, although it is going to be played at JerryWorld.
After having already played in Cowboys Stadium, they won't be affected by the pressure of playing in front of more than 100,000 people.
Anyways, I couldn't think of a better person to not only win the award, but to represent Texas A&M University. Miller is a tremendous human being and I can't wait to watch him play on Sundays, as he is sure to be a first round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.