Quarterbacks — C- Starter Casey Dick had a typical performance Saturday night: Nothing too good,…
HI.com Feature: Lucas Miller
But it hasn't helped the former walk-on earn a promotion into the team's main locker room with Arkansas' upperclassmen and varsity team members. Instead, Miller said he still gladly calls the Razorbacks' freshman locker room home.
"I don't dwell on it too much," Miller said. "I kind of like it in there because you get to meet all these younger guys. They come in and they look up to you."
But it's not a stretch to say Miller has a chance to be Arkansas' next offensive hero, though, after his performance against the Tigers. The sophomore only caught two passes on a night when the Razorbacks offense struggled, but one came when they needed it most on the scoring drive late in the fourth quarter.
Miller hauled in Dick's pass with less than two minutes remaining to help Arkansas take a 7-6 lead. The score didn't hold up, but Miller's clutch catch did leave an impression on offensive coordinator David Lee.
"Right now, you just want a guy that can catch the ball and get open some and he's done both of those things based on the other night," Lee said. "You feel better about that position because of what he did the other night.
"Yeah, we're looking for that guy. Right now I feel good about him."
Lee said the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Miller will get the chance to earn more time with veterans like Marcus Monk and Robert Johnson still trying to get back to full strength after knee and ankle injuries, respectively. He has five catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns this season, which isn't bad considering Arkansas' top wideout — London Crawford — has seven catches.
Miller, who missed spring practice because of a off-season should surgery and entered the preseason deep on the depth chart, said the key to his development has been his ability to bulk up. He weighed 165 pounds when he walked on.
"Our weight coaches really, really worked real hard on me," Miller said. "They were a big part of the success I'm starting to have. (Receivers coach Alex) Wood and Coach Lee, those are big additions that have really, really, helped me in the right way. Coach (Houston) Nutt has always been real, real positive with me. He's always believed in me and had a good feeling, I think, about me."
So does Dick, who believes Miller deserves a larger role in the offense and a new locker.
"I've had faith in him all along," Dick said. "Lately he's been in there and he's been a key guy for us in the middle of the field or whenever we need a big play."
Robert Johnson, senior wideout, answered that question.
"I think we need to move him in here with us," he said of the varsity locker room. "It's time."
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