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‘Canes confirm Lamar Miller leaving early for NFL

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For the third time this month, a member of the 2011 Miami Hurricanes has officially decided to bolt Coral Gables a year early.

The U confirmed Monday afternoon that, as expected, running back Lamar Miller has decided to forego another season of collegiate eligibility and make himself available for the April NFL draft.  As a redshirt sophomore, Miller actually had two years of eligibility remaining.

Miller’s currently 19th in the country in rushing, averaging 106 yards per game.  As noted by CBS‘s Bruce Feldman, who first reported Miller’s decision, the back’s 1,272 yards is the third-highest single-season total in school history.

Miller is generally projected as a first-round pick in the upcoming draft.

In addition to Miller, wide receiver Tommy Streeter and defensive lineman Marcus Forston announced in early December that they will make themselves available for the draft.  All three players have signed with Drew Rosenhaus.

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7 Responses to “‘Canes confirm Lamar Miller leaving early for NFL”
  1. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Dec 12, 2011 3:36 PM

    Makes you wonder if Al Golden wishes he had never left Temple. I really feel bad for him. I’m sure he never dreamed of the coache’s nightmare he was walking into at Miami.

  2. UCFpirate says: Dec 12, 2011 4:19 PM

    Buckeye – How do you figure players leaving early in the draft is a coaching nightmare? If anything this opens more spots for his recruits. As a canes fan, I’m all for getting rid of Shannons team and getting new blood.

    P.S. Miami’s nightmare is 1000x better than PSU’s.

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Dec 12, 2011 5:38 PM

    @ UCFpirate:
    I suspect Golden would rather have 3 experienced players with NFL potential than 3 open spots for new recruits.

  4. zzr600guy says: Dec 12, 2011 9:47 PM

    Miller is the next Lesean McCoy. dude is lightning quick and over 200 lbs

  5. canetic says: Dec 12, 2011 10:36 PM

    He needed another year in college. He’s not quite strong enough yet. He’ll go in the 3rd and 4th round and play 3rd downs and special teams for quite a while before he gets a starting chance.

  6. edweird0 says: Dec 13, 2011 1:02 AM

    @brutusbuckeye2011 lol you my friend are very misinformed. As of right now, Golden has a top ten recruiting class in numerous different scouting agencies so it’s deff not a “coaching nightmare”. Dudes the real deal, he’s going to be the reason why The U becomes a powerhouse once again.

  7. coyotecane says: Dec 13, 2011 9:13 AM

    The attrition rate among nfl player’s is astonishing. Eventually you WILL get on the field. Too many Miami players have not been coached properly since Butch Davis left, regularly under performing in school, and making noise when they get to the show. Sam Shields, Bruce Johnson, Leonard Hankerson, Colin McCarthy, are just a few recent examples.

    Golden will reload. This is the U. Streeter, Forston, and Miller will be better than advertised, especially Miller.

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