Former ASU runner Steven Miller inks with Lions
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The draft may be over, but that does not mean that former college players won't get a chance to report to an NFL team. Appalachian State running back Steven Miller is an example.
Minutes after the 2013 NFL Draft was over, Miller signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Lions.
Miller, a running back in college, was signed to primarily return punts and kicks for the Lions. The Piscataway, N.J. native joins former ASU punter Sam Martin, who was drafted in the fifth round by the Lions.
"I have a lot of opportunity there," Miller said. "I like the organization and they want me to play the role of punt returner and kick returner, so I'll try to make that happen."
Miller, a junior college transfer from Nassau Community College, was used primarily as a running back by Appalachian State. He gained 1,368 yards and scored 11 touchdowns for the Mountaineers in 2012.
He did not return many kicks. He returned three kickoffs in his two seasons for a total of 55 yards, and one punt for no yards in 2011.
Miller said he's excited about settling in with the Lions.
"I'm excited about it," he said. "I've already had dreams about it before it even happened."