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Bucs’ WR Miller To Super Bowl LV Media: Without Jesus None Of This Would Be Possible

Bucs’ WR Miller To Super Bowl LV Media: Without Jesus None Of This Would Be Possible

Scotty Miller is used to being doubted. He even remembers coaches not wanting to put him in games when he was in elementary school.

BY JON ACKERMAN
SPORTS SPECTRUM

“It’s been like that ever since youth football, ever since I started playing,” he said during his Super Bowl LV media session this week. “I remember tackle football in fifth grade. I was, in my opinion, probably the best guy out there. I’m always confident in my abilities and myself, even back then. But I was riding the bench even then; the coach didn’t want to put me in. But every time I got an opportunity, I was able to make a play. And it’s really been that way my whole life.”

He’s never been big, and still isn’t at 5-foot-11 and 174 lbs. But he’s always been fast. He was a track star at Barrington (Ill.) High School in the Chicago suburbs, and ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at his pro day coming out of Bowling Green.

Still, Miller was lightly recruited for football in high school, and a lightly-regarded pro prospect leaving college. NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein projected he’d go undrafted.

But Tampa thought it could utilize the second-team All-MAC receiver, who finished 2018 ranked No. 7 in the FBS with 104.4 yards per game (71 receptions, 1,148 yards). The Bucs selected him in the sixth round (208th overall) of the 2019 draft.

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