Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2017)
» Nebraska Scout Team Defensive MVP (2016)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2019)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2019)
2019 Season Outlook
Junior Collin Miller is set for a possible breakout season in 2019 for the Nebraska defense. Miller is one of three returning inside linebackers with experience, joining senior Mohamed Barry and fellow junior Will Honas. Miller has split time between inside and outside linebacker during his Nebraska career, but settled into the middle of the defense last fall.
An Indiana native, the 6-3, 245-pound Miller has a good combination of size and speed for the linebacker position. He has shown flashes of his potential while playing in all 24 games over the past two seasons. Miller has also performed well in the classroom as a 2017 Academic All-Big Ten selection and a two-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
Miller was a contributor on both defense and special teams while playing in all 12 games as a sophomore. He finished with a career-high 17 tackles, including his first career TFL. Miller tied for the team lead with eight special teams tackles, four each on punt and kickoff coverage. Miller recorded a tackle on punt coverage against both Colorado and Troy. At No. 19 Michigan, Miller had two more tackles on punt coverage and made one stop on defense, totaling three tackles. He added a tackle on kickoff coverage against Purdue. At Northwestern, Miller had a seven-yard tackle for loss for his first career TFL. He then had a career-high five tackles in the Huskers’ win over Minnesota the next week, including four solo stops. Against Bethune-Cookman, Miller recorded three tackles from his linebacker spot. He then made his team-leading fourth tackle on kickoff coverage against Illinois. Miller’s final tackle of the season came from his linebacker spot against Iowa.
Miller appeared in all 12 games for Nebraska and contributed at linebacker and as a valuable member of the Husker special teams coverage units. Miller totaled 11 tackles on the year and had one fumble recovery. Eight of his tackles came from his linebacking spot, and he added three tackles on special teams.
After redshirting in 2016, Miller registered only one tackle over the first eight games, a solo stop on punt coverage against Northern Illinois. He recorded his second career tackle and first on defense against Northwestern and then combined for nine tackles over the season’s final three games. Miller had two solo tackles on defense at Minnesota before registering three tackles at No. 13 Penn State. Two of Miller’s three tackles against the Nittany Lions came on special teams, and he also recovered a fumbled punt that set up a Husker field goal in the first quarter. In the season finale against Iowa, Miller posted a career-high four tackles, all from his linebacking spot.
Miller redshirted in his first season and was the Scout Team Defensive MVP.
Before Nebraska (Hamilton Southeastern HS)
Miller was a disruptive force at Hamilton Southeastern High School. In 2015, Miller helped Coach Scott May’s team to an 8-2 record and a trip to the Class 6A state playoffs. Miller recorded 110 total tackles, including 68 unassisted stops. He had 25 tackles for loss, including 11 sacks for 62 yards in losses, while adding 23 quarterback hurries. Miller added four fumbles caused, two fumble recoveries and four breakups.
Miller was a first-team Associated Press Class 6A all-state selection and was named to the USA Today Indiana all-state team. He was also an all-conference pick.
Miller posted similar numbers as a junior, helping the Royals to the state playoffs. He totaled 66 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and five sacks. He added 22 quarterback hurries, four breakups, caused three fumbles and blocked a punt. Miller first made an impact as a sophomore, contributing to a 7-3 season for Hamilton Southeastern. He had 59 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss, six sacks and a fumble caused.
Miller was ranked among the top 10 players in Indiana by Rivals, which also listed him as the nation’s No. 34 outside linebacker. Miller also visited Purdue and Indiana and had numerous offers including Arizona State, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Illinois, Louisville and West Virginia. He also played baseball at Hamilton Southeastern.
Collin was born on July 1, 1997, and is the son of Kim Miller. He is majoring in criminology and criminal justice. He has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, Husker Heroes, the People’s City Mission and local hospital visits.