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Photo: Brendon Miller, Bluegrass Sports Nation

6’3,” 280-pound ’24 lineman looks to have his line firing on all cylinders

Center is a difficult position to play along any offensive line. They have to have certain characteristics both physically and mentally. Around the mountains of eastern Kentucky there is a guy manning that slot and doing it mighty well entering this coming Fall. He’s simply known as “Big E” and Evan Miller looks to polish off a very fine HS career with a season to remember.

HB Lyon, Scouting Division, KPGFootball

Centers do way more than simply snap the football. Anyone unaware of this may not know enough about football to get very much from reading this online magazine.

Highlights, Photo B. Miller, BSN

Centers are often the “unofficial” captain’s of the unit. Center’s identify blitzes, determine which of the defenders have to be accounted for, and call out adjustments and assignments to the rest of his mates.

Centers are vocal, confident, assertive, and can be a bit mysterious. Every call made is an extremely essential part of the game and the one making those calls has to be confident in his reads and confident he is seeing the front and calling out the proper assignments to the rest of his line.

All of the above seems to be describing “Big E,” to a “T.” Evan “Big E” Miller is physically proportioned to aptly embody his nom de guerre.

Miller is a 6’3,” 280-pound hulking, mobile lineman with really good feet

HB Lyon

Miller is a 6’3,” 280-pound hulking, mobile lineman with really good feet. Miller runs well, vertically sets well, and gets to multiple levels and locks up defenders well.

Photo B. Miller, BSN

Miller has garnered several college offers heading into the senior season with many more circulating and evaluating just how well he might fit their systems. We believe he can play any of the interior OL slots, but really, really like him at center. Most of the scouts with whom we have discussed Miller seem to agree.

Last year, with Miller anchoring the Bobcat front, the ‘Cats ran for over 2,000-yards and threw for over 2,200-yards. The offense scoring 31-rushing TD’s and threw for 27-TD’s with only 7-picks.

The QB completed over 63% of his passing attempts and the offense gained 5.65-yards per rushing attempt, scoring every 12th or so carry. The TD:INT ration was 4:1 in favor of TD’s.

Behind the “Big Blue Wave,” Breathitt completed 63% of its passing attempts and gained 5.65-yards per carry

KHSAA statistical website

This means opposing defenses were being knocked off the scrimmage line. This means none of Breathitt’s 12-opponents in its Regional Runner-up campaign (only 9-regular season games) were able to mount much pressure on the passer. Heck, it’s difficult to complete 63% of a HS QB’s passes on air!

Breathitt was 9-3 a year ago and feel it was “jobbed” in the Regional Championship in Erlanger, Kentucky. Don’t get these guys started on the “phantom TD.”

They have a point. Film doesn’t lie.

The ‘Cats have all the earmarks of a contender in ’23. They have a stable of young backs who are hard-runners and very good. They are huge upfront. They are anchored at center with experience and by a very good athlete.

Now is he smart? Have we mentioned his 4.46 GPA and 25 on the ACT?

Look for Breathitt to come out of the gate, hard charging, in ’23. Look for their sometimes enigmatic but all-time intelligent, physically gifted center to be discussed at length going forward.

This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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