Meet Gabe Miller
Aug. 12, 2009
Gabe Miller was a highly recruited two-way player coming out of Lake Oswego High. After three years at tight end, the junior has switched to defensive end this spring. Learning the new position isn't the only obstacle Miller has faced during the past calendar year. Last season he also sustained injuries that left him sidelined off-and-on throughout the season limiting his ability to produce on a regular basis. The newly reformed athlete is here to tell fans what they should expect for this upcoming season.
How has the transition from tight end to defensive end gone?
It's been good and a lot of fun. I think it is a good experience. The guys have been great, Coach Joe (Seumalo) has been great and the defensive line has been good at helping me.
Were you always a Beaver fan when you lived in Lake Oswego?
I grew up in Colorado so I grew up a Buffalo fan and a Michigan Wolverine fan. Once I came out to Oregon, I think I was always kind of partial to the Beavers a little bit.
You're studying construction engineering. How did that come about?
I have always liked to build things. I thought earlier in my life I wanted to be an architect and that goes with the same type of thing. They have a great program here and I like it. Hopefully someday I can be a general contractor or maybe a project engineer. Maybe further along I can have my own company.
What should fans expect for next season?
They should expect the Beavers to come out playing tough and playing fast just like we always do. Just to have another good season.
What's it like running out of the tunnel on game day?
It's awesome. It's probably the best feeling you can get. You work so hard and practice for so long, and to finally be able to run out of the tunnel is about the best feeling you can get.
Do you have a favorite pro team?
The Denver Broncos.
You were Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mentioned, how important are academics to you?
I take my schooling real serious. I have always known school comes first. My mom has always told me that, so I take it very serious. I like school.
How has it been overcoming the injuries?
It's been tough but it's a good learning experience. It taught me to keep working hard and to always keep my head up. I think I have actually learned a lot from it, but it's always nice to be healthy.
What is it like playing for Coach Riley?
Coach Riley is awesome. I wouldn't want to play for anyone else. He is a player's coach. I'm never hesitant to go talk to him about anything and I really like him.
What motivates you?
I like setting goals. That motivates me is to succeed.
Where is one place you have never been, but want to go?
I like the sun; I always wanted to go to the Bahamas, or just to a remote island somewhere.
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