Kyle Miller doesn’t have to look far to find a teammate that has been through the rigors of playing Division III football before finding a career in the NFL.
In 2006, Miller was about to embark on an All-American career at Mount Union, a perennial Division III contender, while eventual Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman was wrapping up another All-American career of his own at Mary-Hardin Baylor.
Although the two never shared the same playing field during college, they will be on the same sideline this weekend as Miller was called up to the Colts active roster on Monday afternoon.
“Being on the practice squad has been a blessing for sure but it’s hard standing on the sideline watching, while these guys go out there and play,” Miller said. “It’ll be a lot of fun to be out there with them and to experience what it’s really like to play in a regular season game.”
Miller entered the NFL in 2011 but did not make the Jacksonville Jaguars final 53-man roster after spending training camp with them.
The Colts signed Miller on April 3, and he is now apart of one of the youngest position groups in the NFL.
At the age of 24, Miller is the oldest of the group with Weslye Saunders (2 years of NFL experience, age 23), Dwayne Allen (rookie, age 22) and Coby Fleener (rookie, age 24) rounding out the tight end room for coach Alfredo Roberts.
“We are all on the same level so we are all learning together,” Miller said. “All of us had to work pretty hard to get everything down and we’ve all been in the film room together, just talking through things so it’s definitely helped.”
After spending the first 10 weeks of the 2012 regular season on the Colts practice squad, Miller will join his fellow tight ends in taking on the all too familiar New England Patriots this weekend.
“Any football fan is aware of the rivalry and I think it takes on a little more with us being a little bit of a surprise team and both of us having good records too,” Miller said.
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The Indianapolis Colts today activated nose tackle Josh Chapman from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List and elevated tight end Kyle Miller from the practice squad to the active roster. The Colts placed defensive tackle Drake Nevis and cornerback Jerraud Powers on Injured Reserve.
Chapman, 6-0, 316 pounds, was originally selected by the Colts in the fifth round (136th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Alabama. During his 54-game collegiate career, Chapman was a part of two Crimson Tide National Championship teams (2009 and 2011) and produced 88 tackles (44 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and four passes defensed. As a senior, he contributed to a defensive unit that led the nation in total defense (183.6 ypg), rush defense (72.2 ypg) and scoring defense (8.2 ppg).
Miller, 6-5, 260 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on April 3, 2012. He was waived on August 31 and signed to the practice squad a day later. Miller was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Mount Union on July 26, 2011 before being waived on September 3. At Mount Union, Miller totaled 87 catches for 1,259 yards and 16 touchdowns in 47 games, while earning All-Ohio Athletic Conference first-team, All-North Region first-team and All-America honors.
Nevis, 6-1, 310 pounds, appeared in nine game this season (three starts), totaling 20 tackles (seven solo) and one sack. For his career, he has played in 14 games (three starts) and has recorded 39 tackles (16 solo), one sack and one pass defensed.
Powers, 5-10, 187 pounds, started in eight games this year and registered 45 tackles (34 solo), seven passes defensed and an interception. Over his four-year career, he has started all 42 games he’s played while making 220 tackles (165 solo), 32 passes defensed, seven interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
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