"But 63 pounds?'' Miller said. "I never really thought I'd have to do that. But when I finally hit the 245 mark, I figured the sky was the limit from there.''
With the added weight firmly in place, Miller can now concentrate more on working on his game and his strength. This offseason, he's managed to do just that.
"It's been a pretty hard, tough offseason for us down in the weight room. The volume has been turned up,'' Miller said. "But I think it's going to benefit us in the fall.''
Yes, but the truth is that every year and in every program players talk about how much harder they are working in the weight room.
"You're right. Players do say that every year,'' Miller said.
Is it really more work and more effort, or is it just the fact that in the fifth year it seems like it?
"You come in as a freshman and you've got fresh legs, you're coming straight out of high school and you probably haven't done as much work,'' Miller said. "So coming in you don't feel it as much as you do when you get older. Now it's just more wear and tear on your body.''
Indeed, Miller is beginning to feel old.
"Especially after the other day and seeing those young freshmen come through and get their physicals done,'' Miller said. "I'm thinking that it's been five years and I've been through what, three head coaches? I would never have thought I'd be here this long.''
Still, Miller maintains that it's not just old age that is creating the impression that this summer's workouts are harder than those of the past.
"I can honestly say, after being here all these years, these workouts and everything we've been doing has definitely been turned up to another volume,'' Miller said. "This winter we did extra things as far as early-morning workouts. In spring ball, practices were longer. We're going through a new system and we're making a change. It [the harder work] is definitely needed for us.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.