Zach Miller Named Pre-Season First Team All-American By Rivals.com

June 29, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

Arizona State junior tight end/h-back Zach Miller has been named a Pre-Season First-Team All-American by Rivals.com. Miller was named a Pre-Season All-American by Blue Ribbon Football Yearbook and by Playboy earlier this month.

Miller caught 38 passes for 478 yards and four touchdowns during his sophomore season in 2005. He averaged 12.5 yards a catch and was the team's third-leading receiver. As a freshman, Miller broke the ASU record for receptions in a season by a tight end with 56. His 56 receptions in 2004 tied for the most receptions in the NCAA by a tight end. Along with his 56 receptions, he tallied 552 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Following his freshman season, Miller earned second-team All-America honors, just one of four freshmen to earn first-team or second-team All-American accolades that season. Miller also earned first-team Freshman All-American accolades for his successful 2004 season. In 2004, he was named the Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year, becoming just the second Sun Devil to earn the honor (Terrell Suggs, 2000).

A 2004 graduate of Desert Vista High School (Phoenix, Ariz.), Miller was a unanimous selection as the No. 1 tight end prospect in the nation. He was also ranked the No. 5 prospect in the nation and No. 1 prospect in Arizona by Rivals.com. Listed by ESPN.com as the No. 10 overall prospect in the nation, Miller earned USA Today first-team All-American accolades coming out of high school. Along with being named 'Big School' Player of the Year by The Arizona Republic, Miller was named Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year in 2003.

2006 Rivals.com Pre-Season All-America First-Team Offense
QB- Brady Quinn, Notre Dame
RB- Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma
RB- Marshawn Lynch, California
WR- Dwayne Jarrett, USC
WR-Jeff Samardzija, Notre Dame
TE- Zach Miller, Arizona State
OT Sam Baker, Southern California
OT Justin Blalock, Texas
OG Josh Beekman, Boston College
OG Ben Grubbs, Auburn
C Dan Mozes, West Virginia

2006 Rivals.com  Pre-Season All-America First-Team Defense
DE Quentin Moses, Georgia
DE Gaines Adams, Clemson
DT Frank Okam, Texas
DT Jay Alford, Penn State
LB Paul Posluszny, Penn State
LB Patrick Willis, Ole Miss
LB Rufus Alexander, Oklahoma
CB Leon Hall, Michigan
CB Daymeion Hughes, California
S LaRon Landry, Louisiana State
S Brandon Meriweather, Miami
 
2006 Rivals.com  Pre-Season All-America First Team Special Teams
All-Purpose: Ted Ginn, Ohio State
KR Steve Breaston, Michigan
PR Quinton Jones, Boise State
K Mason Crosby, Colorado
P Ken Debauche, Wisconsin

2006 Rivals.com Pre-Season All-America Second Team Offense
QB Troy Smith, Ohio State
RB Kenny Irons, Auburn
RB Michael Bush, Louisville
WR Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech
WR Sidney Rice, South Carolina
TE Greg Olsen, Miami
OT Levi Brown, Penn State
OT Joe Thomas, Wisconsin
OG Tim Duckworth, Auburn
OG Will Arnold, Louisiana State
C Ryan Kalil, Southern California
 
2006 Rivals.com Pre-Season All-America Second Team Defense
DE Dan Bazuin, Central Michigan
DE Adam Carriker, Nebraska
DT Brandon Mebane, California
DT Quinn Pitcock, Ohio State
LB H.B. Blades, Pittsburgh
LB Sam Olajubutu, Arkansas
LB Vince Hall, Virginia Tech
CB Antoine Cason, Arizona
CB David Irons, Auburn
S Michael Griffin, Texas
S Eric Weddle, Utah
 
2006 Rivals.com Pre-Season All-America Second Team Special Teams
All-Purpose: Darren McFadden, Arkansas
KR Felix Jones, Arkansas
PR Rafael Little, Kentucky
K Brandon Coutu, Georgia
P Kody Bliss, Auburn

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