Heath Miller
Heath Miller

Hometown:
Swords Creek, Va.

High School:
Honaker H.S.

Last College:
University of Virginia

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 255

Position:
TE



WORTH NOTING: "Big Money" ... will go down as perhaps the greatest tight end in ACC history and one of the top players in Virginia history ...first player in league history to win the Mackey Award as the nation's best tight end in 2004 ... became UVa's first major award winner since 1941 ...a unanimous first-team All-American in 2004, joining Jim Dombrowski (1985) as UVa's only unanimous All-Americans ...also the first TE in ACC history named a unanimous All-American ...a three-year starter, he rewrote the UVa and ACC record book for tight end receiving, setting records for most receptions (144), yards (1703) and touchdowns (20) in a career ...overall he finished second in Virginia history in receptions, seventh in yards and tied for fourth in touchdown receptions ...also shares the school record for most 100-yard games by a TE (3) ...the first two-time first-team All-ACC tight end in school history (2003-04) ...was the leading receiver in the country among tight ends as a sophomore in 2003 with 70 receptions for 835 yards ... those figures set ACC and UVa records by a tight end ... led ACC TEs in receiving all three years ... nine touchdown receptions as a freshman in 2002 set an ACC record for a TE ... caught at least one pass in 32 of his final 33 games ... sure-handed receiver who got a lot of attention for his pass catching ability, but he's also an outstanding blocker who enjoys it ... became just the fifth player in UVa history to leave school early for the NFL.

CAREER HONORS: 2004--Winner of the Mackey Award as the nation's best tight end ... unanimous All-American ...first-team All-American by The Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Football Foundation ... Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, SportsIllustrated.com, CBS Sportsline.com, Collegefootballnews.com, ESPN.com, Rivals.com, CollegeSportsReport.com and CSTV ... first-team All-ACC ...first-team All-State by the Roanoke Times ... All-Bowl team by Collegefootballnews.com ...ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week following UVa's game against Akron (Sept. 20) ... received the John Polzer Award for ability, sportsmanship, and character (team award).

2003--Second-team All-American by Collegefootballnews.com and by CollegeSportsReport.com ... honorable mention All-American by SportsIllustrated.com ... first-team All-ACC ... All-ACC by CollegeFootballnews.com ...first-team All-State by Virginia Sports Information Directors Association and by the Roanoke Times ...Collegefootballnews.com All-Bowl team ... ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play against Wake Forest on Sept. 27 ... ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play against Georgia Tech on Nov. 22 ...ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play against Virginia Tech on Nov. 29 ...received UVa's John Polzer Award for ability, sportsmanship and character ... Received the E. Paul Rogers, Jr. Memorial Scholarship for Football from the Virginia Athletics Foundation.

2002-- Second-team All-ACC ... Freshman All-America Team by Scripps/Football Writers Association of America ... first-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... first-team Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballnews.com ... first-team Freshman All-American by Rivals.com ... ... ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News ... first-team All-State by the Roanoke Times ... first-team All-State by Virginia Sports Information Directors Association ... honorable mention ECAC All-Star.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2004--Dominant player with size, speed and outstanding hands ... didn't put up the numbers he had in 2003, but he didn't need to due to the team's improved ground game ... a tremendous blocker who has helped UVa post the second-best rushing improvement in ACC history ... team captain who led the team with 41 catches for 541 yards and five touchdowns ... seventh in the ACC in receptions (3.4/g) and tied for fifth in receiving yards (45.1 ypg) ... tied for fourth in touchdown receptions (5) ... was seventh among the nation's tight ends in yards and tied for seventh in touchdowns ...eighth in the nation in receptions by a tight end ...63 percent (26 of 41) of his receptions went for either a first down or a touchdown ...29 of his 41 catches came on scoring drives ... led the team in receiving four times ... hauled in three passes for 45 yards and a score against Temple ...saw his 22-game streak with a reception end against North Carolina, only the second time in his career he failed to catch a pass ... nonetheless he played a big role in the win as his blocking helped the offense roll up 549 yards, UVa's most in five years ...came back with six grabs for 54 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way in a win over Akron ...named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play that week ...his only catch against Syracuse was a career-long 54-yard gain ...four catches for 55 yards and a score in a Thursday night win over Clemson ... his touchdown was a remarkable diving effort to hit the pylon just before he went out of bounds ...was one of the few bright spots in a loss at Florida State ...caught nine passes for 110 yards, both season-high figures ...two receptions at Duke and one vs. Maryland ... three catches for 45 yards and a touchdown against Miami ...finished with five receptions for 37 yards in a road win at Georgia Tech ...all five catches came on scoring drives ...led the team against Virginia Tech with two receptions for 35 yards ... led the team in receiving in his final game against Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl with five receptions for 66 yards ...three of his receptions resulted in first downs.

2003--One of the most productive tight ends in the nation with one of the best seasons by a tight end in history ... was the leading receiver among tight ends with 70 receptions for 835 yards ... tied for 49th nationally and fourth in the ACC in receptions (5.38 rpg) ... sixth in the conference, tied for 81st in nation, in receiving yards (64.2 ypg) ... set ACC records for tight ends in receptions and yards ... sixth in the ACC with two 100-yard games ... joined Bruce McGonnigal (1989) as UVa's only tight ends with two 100-yard games in a season and the first one to do it in consecutive games (Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech) ... 60 percent of his catches went for either a first down or touchdown (42 of 70) ... led the team in receiving on seven occasions ...led the offense with five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown against Duke in the season opener ... three receptions for 17 yards against South Carolina to lead the team ... three catches for 51 yards at Western Michigan ... led for the fourth time in a row with seven receptions for 94 yards and a score in the come-from-behind win over Wake Forest ...all seven catches resulted in a first down or touchdown ... outjumped a Wake defender to snatch a five-yard scoring toss from Matt Schaub early in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 21 ... on UVa's last drive following Jamaine Winborne's interception in the final minute, he hauled in a 15-yard strike from Schaub to move the ball from Wake's 34 to the 19-yard line ... that catch set up Connor Hughes' 38-yard game-winning field goal with 10 seconds left ...had a relatively quiet game at North Carolina with four catches for 44 yards ... had another big performance in the overtime loss to Clemson with eight grabs for 52 yards and a touchdown ... caught nine balls for 77 yards and a TD vs. #7 Florida State ... three catches, 48 yards vs. Troy State and four for 22 yards the next game vs. N.C. State ... had one reception for a season-long 39 yards against Maryland ... caught six passes for 110 yards and a touchdown to power UVa to a win over Georgia Tech ...named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after becoming the first UVa tight end with a 100-yard game in 12 years ... garnered his second consecutive ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week award after having the type of performance most tight ends can only dream about ... hauled in 13 receptions for 145 yards--both career highs--to lead the Cavaliers to a 35-21 win over in-state rival Virginia Tech ...10 of his catches vs. the Hokies went for first downs ... his 13 catches are second-most by a tight end in ACC history ...led the team with 84 receiving yards on four catches vs. Pittsburgh in the Continental Tire Bowl ... hauled in a 52-yard scoring strike from Matt Schaub late in the first quarter for the game's first touchdown.

2002--Started every game ... 33 receptions for 327 yards and nine touchdowns ... led ACC tight ends in receptions and touchdown and was third in yards ...finished second overall in the league in touchdown receptions (9) ...nine touchdown catches set an ACC record for tight ends ...they were also the most in the nation by a tight end, third most by a freshman and a UVa freshman record ...his touchdown percentage (27.3) was the third-highest in the nation ... scored a touchdown in the first five games of his career to set a school record for most consecutive games with a touchdown by a tight end ... third among ACC rookies in receptions and fourth in yards ... also threw a touchdown pass ...scored a touchdown in the first five games of his career ... took just seven games to set the school record for most touchdowns by a tight end ... caught four passes for 42 yards and one touchdown in his first game against Colorado State ...his only reception vs. Florida State was an 11-yard touchdown catch ... caught a touchdown pass and threw at scoring toss in an upset of South Carolina ...became the first non-quarterback to throw a touchdown pass for the Cavaliers since 1990 when he connected with fellow tight end Patrick Estes against the Gamecocks ...had just one catch, but it was a touchdown, vs. Akron ... two of three receptions in the comeback win over Wake Forest were touchdowns ... his second score enabled UVa to cut a 34-17 deficit to 34-31 ... his scoring streak ended with the Duke game, the only game he did not have a reception ... got back in the scoring column with an important touchdown against Clemson ... his 15-yard reception from Matt Schaub was the difference in the 22-17 win ...his only catch against North Carolina was a 42-yarder, his longest of the season ... scored Virginia's first touchdown against Penn State and finished with a season-high six catches for 50 yards ...caught three passes vs. N.C. State and two vs. Maryland in home wins ... led the team with 15 yards receiving and one touchdown against Virginia Tech ... caught three passes for a season-high 54 yards in the win over West Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl.

2001--Did not play in any games and was red-shirted ... was in uniform for the Richmond game.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played quarterback and safety for head coach Doug Hubbard at Honaker High School ... ranked as the No. 15 player in the state by SuperPrep as a senior ... Associated Press Player of the Year as a senior and two-time AP All-State selection ... Virginia High School Coaches Association Group A Offensive Player of the Year as a senior ... two-time first-team Group A All-State selection ... earned All-Southwest Virginia first-team honors at quarterback ... a second-team all-state selection at defensive back ... Region D Offensive Player of the Year ... earned Region D first-team honors at quarterback and free safety as a junior and senior ... two-time Black Diamond District Offensive Player of the Year ... earned first-team Black Diamond District honors at quarterback and free safety ... passed for over 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 901 yards in 2000 ... as a junior, he passed 1,872 yards and 26 touchdowns, and rushed for 643 yards and 12 touchdowns ... led Honaker to an 11-2 record that season ... played first base on the Honaker baseball team and was a forward on the basketball team ... earned Black Diamond District first-team honors, and was an All-Region and All-State selection in baseball ... also earned All-District and All-Region honors in basketball.

PERSONAL: Earl Heath Miller ... born 10-22-82 in Richlands, Va. ... son of Earl and Denise Miller ... has a younger sister, Amanda ... sociology major.

Miller Receiving

Year G No. Yds. Avg. LP TD RPG YPG
2002 14 33 327 9.9 42 9* 2.4 23.4
2003 13 70* 835* 11.9 52 6* 5.4* 64.2*
2004 12 41* 541* 13.2 54 5* 3.4* 45.1*
Career 39 144 (2) 1703 (7) 11.8 54 20 (T-4) 3.7 43.7
* = led team
(#) = position on all-time UVa list

Miller Passing

Year G Att. Comp. Pct. Int Yds. LP TD YPG
2002 14 1 1 100.0 0 20 20 1 1.7

Miller Kickoff Returns

Year G No. Yds. Avg. LP TD
2002 14 1 4 4.0 4 0

Miller Rushing

Year G No. Yds. Avg. LP TD YPG
2004 12 1 6 6.0 6 0 0.5