The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

September 9, 2009

WVU’s Miller hopes to control ECU quarterback Pinkney

MORGANTOWN — The question was as straightforward as Julian Miller’s pass rush.

“What do you think of quarterbacks?” the West Virginia defensive end was asked Tuesday evening during a media session in preparation for this Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. game against East Carolina game at Milan Puskar Stadium.

The answer was as straightforward as the question.

“I don’t like ‘em.”

Miller didn’t say it with a snarl, but there wasn’t a smile on his face, either.

He approaches quarterbacks the way a lion who hasn’t eaten in a month approaches a lame wildebeest and this week he has his sights set on Patrick Pinkney, the ECU quarterback who has been there six years, which gives him more seniority than Coach Skip Holtz.

You may not know much about Miller, for he is the newcomer on the defensive line, joining nose guard Chris Neild and defensive tackle Scooter Berry.

They are a couple of players who approach 300 pounds, maybe not from the underside.

Miller, on the other hand, has had to battle to get and keep his weight at 250 pounds, which is different than WVU’s other defensive ends since the team went to its tricky 3-3-5 odd stack defense.

“A different wrinkle,” is what Holtz called Miller’s presence in the defensive line.

It isn’t a wrinkle that’s very easy to iron out.

“When I first saw him on film, it was like ‘Wow, where did he come from?’” Holtz said. “What Miller gives them is another dimension.”

Actually Miller played against East Carolina last year, but it was really his first action and while he called it his “coming out”, he really wasn’t ready at that point to dominate as he now seems ready to do.

He is a speed rusher on a team that used to rely on blitzing linebackers, safeties or quarterbacks to harass the quarterback.

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