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Auburn offensive lineman Patrick Miller turning pro
Jan. 13, 2015

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Patrick Miller helped clear the way for Auburn

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala.  Auburn offensive lineman Patrick Miller has decided to forgo his senior season to take his shot at the NFL.

The 6-foot-7, 289-pound part-time starter announced his decision Tuesday.

"I want to thank Pat for his contributions to the Auburn football program during his three years," said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. "I'm excited for Pat and wish him the best."

Miller said "it was a hard decision" to leave Auburn.

"I just went with my heart. I went back and forth, but my heart was set on it, and I went for it," he said.

"I just decided to move on to the next part of my life. My body feels very good right now, and this just felt like the right time to do it."

Miller said he has an opportunity to train at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to show he's back from an ankle injury that slowed him in 2014.

"I'm just glad to be healthy. I'm ready to give it a shot with 100 percent of my body," Miller said.

Miller joins another Auburn underclassman, receiver Sammie Coates, leaving early. But some of other big-play Tigers have decided to stay. 

Linebackers Cassanova McKinzy and Kris Frost, juniors last season and the second and third leading tacklers, decided last week to return. Before that, receiver Duke Williams said he was returning.

Miller broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman in 2012 and started the first five games in 2013. He was suspended for the next three games, and didn't regain his starting job until the 2014 season-opener. He started the first four games before being slowed by injuries. He started late in the season against Alabama.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter

 

 

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