Andrew Miller Interview
Sr. / Virginia Tech / OL
Updated - 2-12-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Andrew Miller: Height is 6’4, weight is 305 and I don’t know my forty time yet.
Alex Khvatov: What schools showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?
Andrew Miller: I was between Virginia Tech, Florida State, Wake Forest and UVA.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
Andrew Miller: I wrestled in high school previously. I knew wrestling coaches at Virginia Tech because my brother was a wrestler there. They were also my AAU coaches. I planned on playing football and wrestling my first year. Coach Beamer was another reason why I went there. He has had a great record throughout the years. Virginia Tech is a great school.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your career with the Hokies.
Andrew Miller: It was a shock coming to the D-I program. There is a transition that you have to make mentally and physically when you are coming from high school. I did that during my redshirt year. I was getting prepared to play against guys in college. You have to dedicate a lot of effort and time. During my redshirt freshman year, I played backup center and guard. I got reps at both positions throughout the year. During my redshirt sophomore year, I became the starting center. I started every game that year. I started seven games as a junior. I broke my ankle against Duke. It was a major setback to say the least. I gained a lot from that setback. It was tough to watch guys on the field without me being there. I rededicated myself even more when I came back from injury. I wanted to make myself better than I was before. We had coaching changes my senior year which was good for our offensive line. I was moved to right guard and started every game there. I feel very comfortable playing center or guard. I had a great overall season. As a team, it wasn’t the prettiest one in terms of record. But we overcame a lot of adversity.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Andrew Miller: I love being an offensive lineman. I love moving someone against their will. I play hard and to the whistle. I am aggressive.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Andrew Miller: There is not one area that I don’t need to work on. I am nowhere near where I want to be. I am focusing on every aspect of the game right now.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
Andrew Miller: For me, it was just coming out to Lane Stadium. We have great fans.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Andrew Miller: I admire Jeff Saturday’s ability to play for so long. He is a great all-around center. He did it by not having any injuries.
Alex Khvatov: What separates you from all of the other players at your position?
Andrew Miller: When I set a goal for myself, I am very determined to achieve it. I focus on getting better and improving each and every day. I have ability to change and learn a new technique. I am willing to change and do whatever it takes. It just pretty much comes down to work ethic.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your experience of playing for Frank Beamer.
Andrew Miller: It is an honor and a privilege. He is a great coach. He just preaches to do things the right way on and off the field every day. Virginia Tech is a program that has done well over the years. It is a family atmosphere. Coaches and players work together.
Alex Khvatov: Which underclassman on your team should we keep an eye on next season?
Andrew Miller: Our LT Jonathan McLaughlin started as a true freshman. He should be even stronger this year. He will have a whole season to learn from our OL coach Mike Gentry. He should develop even more as a player.
Alex Khvatov: Who was the toughest player that you have faced during your career?
Andrew Miller: The toughest player that I faced was Quinton Coples my redshirt freshman year. I went up against him during my first game. He was playing DT at that time. He is a talented player. We talked about him all week leading up to that game.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Andrew Miller: It is a passion. I love competition. I have been playing for so long. The game has become a part of who I am. I want to make it to the NFL. Football teaches you a lot of life lessons. It will carry over from football when I am done playing. I will definitely use the team building skills in life.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Andrew Miller: I am down here in Georgia with Chip Smith. He runs a great program at Performance Systems. He splits everybody up into different positional groups. We work out at different times. He doesn’t leave anything out. We do agility drills, lifting and individual drills. We work out for six hours straight every day except for weekends.
Alex Khvatov: When is your Pro day? What do you plan to show scouts on that day?
Andrew Miller: I believe that it is on March 19th. I want to show my quickness during all of the drills. My main focus will be on the 10-yard split, shuttle and the L-drill. I am not too worried about the 40 time. We will have individual workouts with scouts. They will take us through OL drills. I need to be in top shape mentally and physically. It is very important to be ready at whatever they throw at you. I am working hard on that with Chip Smith.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Andrew Miller: In the off-season at Virginia Tech, I enjoyed going fishing. It was relaxing.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Andrew Miller: Before this process got really intense with training, I completed my resume and got it up to date. I am ready for a possible chance that the NFL will not work out. I want to go into business marketing. I received my degree in agricultural business and applied economics.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Andrew Miller is….
Andrew Miller: A person that will get the job done.
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