48 - Jake Miller
Jake Miller
Height: 6-5
Weight: 205
Year: So.
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
High School: Central Valley HS '10
Previous College: Washington State
Position: P
Experience: 1L*

*** Honors Candidate ***

*** Academic Honors Candidate ***

2012: He is ranked No. 3 among all FCS punters by Phil Steele’s FCS College Football Preview, and College Football Performance Awards selected him as one of the top 38 returning punters in FCS in 2012. Phil Steele lists him as a first team preseason All-Big Sky selection. Listed as a starter at punter on preseason depth chart.

2011: Miller, after nearly setting a school record with a 44.2 average per punt, was named to the College Sports Journal All-Freshman All-America Team. Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors and was named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Miller was one of 20 players on the voting list for the inaugural Jerry Rice Award given by The Sports Network to the outstanding freshman in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. Miller did not meet the minimum of 3.6 punts per game to qualify and be ranked in NCAA statistics. But if he did, his 44.26 average would have ranked third nationally in FCS. He had 39 attempts and would have needed 40 to qualify. The highest-ranked freshman in NCAA statistics was 15th and had a 41.91 average. Miller’s season average came just .16 from the school record of 44.42 yards per punt set by Jesse Nicassio in 2003. Miller had 10 punts of at least 50 yards, with a long of 59. His 59-yarder ranks 23rd in school history, and he has had three of 57 yards to rank 32nd. Ten of his 39 punts were downed inside the opponent 20-yard line. Against Cal Poly (11/12/11), Miller had all four of his punts travel at least 51 yards in EWU’s 53-51 triple-overtime victory. He had a pair of punts of 57 yards, another of 55 and one of 51. That effort earned him College Football Performance Awards National Punter of the Week honors and EWU’s special teams player of the week honor. He also earned honorable mention nationally by the College Football Performance Awards when he averaged 52.0 yards on two punts against Weber State (10/1/11), with both downed inside the 20. In his last 23 punts of the season, he averaged 46.6 yards per punt and had all 10 of his boots of 50 yards or longer.

Washington State: He redshirted as a walk-on kicker/punter at Washington State.

HS: Graduated from Central Valley HS in 2010. Earned first team All-State honors from the Associated Press as well as the Tacoma News Tribune as a kicker, and from the Seattle Times as a punter. He was selected to play in the 4A/3A East-West All-State Game and made all four of his team’s extra points in a 28-9 win for the East. He was a first team All-Greater Spokane League selection as both a kicker and punter. He averaged 41.3 yards per punt and made 8-of-10 field goals. He had field goals of 45 and 50 yards, and also recovered his own onside kick, in a 34-31 win over Ferris, which would go on to play in the State 4A Championship Game. His Eagle teammates J.C. Agen (’09) and Branson Schmidt (’11) also attended Central Valley. They were coached at Central Valley by Rick Giampietri, a 1970 graduate of Eastern and letterman for the football team in 1968 and 1969. Miller had a 3.8 grade point average in high school and also competed in track and field.

Personal: Major undecided. Born 9/4/92 in Renton, Wash. Will turn 20 four days before Eastern plays at Washington State. Parents are Doug and Julie Miller. He is the third generation of his family to attend EWU -- his father and grandfather both attended Eastern.

 

Year

GP

Punt

Yds

Avg

Long

TB-FC

In20

50+

2011

11

39

1726

44.3

59

4-5

10

10

 

Kickoffs: 4-223-55.8.

 

Longest Punts

59 (#23 in EWU history) - Northern Colorado - 10/15/11

57 (#32) - Cal Poly - 11/12/11

57 (#32) - Cal Poly 11/12/11 (yes, twice in same game)

57 (#32) - Portland State - 10/29/11

55 – Cal Poly - 11/12/11

54 – Weber State – 10/1/11

53 – Northern Arizona – 10/8/11

 
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