Anthony Miller 2017 Season Review: AAC Championship
In part nine of our breakdown of Anthony Millers 2017 season, Miller gets a chance at redemption against UCF
We are onto the AAC championship game in the 2017 season. Part one was a breakdown against UL-Monroe and UCLA. Part two was a breakdown against Southern Illinois. In part three Anthony Miller faced UCF for the first time.
In part four, Miller took on UConn and part five he took on Navy. Part six was against Houston, part seven was against Tulane and Tulsa and part eight was against SMU and ECU.
In week four, Miller had his worst game of the season against UCF. The AAC championship game may not have had the most highlight-worthy plays, but it was one of his more well-rounded performances of the year. Miller compiled 14 receptions for 195 yards and three touchdowns.
On screens, Anthony Miller was 3-4 for 15 yards. On comebacks, 2-3 for 21 yards. He caught two slants for 22 and three curls for 27 yards.
Miller showed a well-rounded route tree and created separation in a variety of ways.
He caught a 16-yard out and a 15-yard post that turned into a touchdown. Anthony Miller showed on the strong route running to get free down the field and track in a 68-yard touchdown pass that featured 36 yards after the catch.
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Watch below as he cuts inside to get the cornerback leaning. From there, he exposes him to the outside. The pass is underthrown, but Miller is able to slow his strides and track the ball to catch it in stride and finish off the run.
Miller hardly lined up against Mike Hughes in their first meeting, and once again did not see him much. Still, in their one target against each other Miller was able to win this matchup.
Hughes is a physical player and Miller winning the tough, physical catches have been an up and down adventure this year for Miller.
Miller runs a strong route again to beat Hughes off the ball. From there, he is tracking, fighting back for the ball and finishes it off with the contested catch.
A redemption game against UCF was absolutely needed for Miller. What is so impressive about Miller is that one week it is yards after the catch. The next it is contested catches and route running. He is not perfect, but there his skill set is very diverse overall.
Screens: 33-43, 336 yards 1 TD
Curls: 10-12, 117 yards
Post: 10-18, 288 yards 4 TD
Go: 9-34, 227 yards, 8 TDs
In: 2-2, 24 yards, 1 TD
Cross: 9-13, 109 yards 2 TD
Slant: 6-10, 124 yards
Comeback: 6-8 60 yards
Out: 7-10 102 yards
575 yards after the catch