48 - Jake Miller
Jake Miller
Height: 6-5
Weight: 225
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
High School: Central Valley HS '10
Previous College: Washington State
Position: P
Experience: 3L/TR*

*** Honors Candidate ***
*** Academic Honors Candidate ***

Career: Miller’s 43.4 career punting average currently ranks as a school record, placing him ahead of the 42.3 average of Jesse Nicassio (2002-03). He has had 29 punts of 50 yards or more and 11 of at least 55 in his career, including a school-record 74-yarder. He owns nine punts ranked in the top 35 in school history, with boots of 74, 66, 59 (twice) and 57 (five times). He has three of the top five single season marks in school history, including 44.2 in 2011 (second), 43.3 in 2012 (third) and 42.8 (fifth).

2014: Listed as the team’s starting punter on the preseason depth chart, and is also expected to handle kickoffs for the Eagles. He is one of 38 punters in FCS on the 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List.

2013: Was named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. In the 2013 season, he finished with a 42.8 average to rank 18th in FCS and fifth in school history. He had 16 of his 52 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, and his best in 2013 was a 66-yarder (seventh in school history). He averaged 41.9 yards per punt against Toledo (9/14/13) with a long of 57 and three downed inside the 20-yard line to earn EWU’s special teams player of the week award. He won the same award after averaging 43.8 yards on five punts with a long of 52 and two inside the 20 against South Dakota State (12/7/13) when the temperature at kickoff was a frigid 12 degrees to set a record low for an EWU game. Prior to the season, the College Football Performance Awards named him to its Punter Award Watch List. He was also on the College Sports Madness preseason All-Big Sky Conference third team and ranked seventh on the preseason FCS punter rankings as selected by Josh Buchanan at philsteele.com.

2012: Was named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Miller had a school-record 74-yard punt versus Washington State (9/8/12), breaking the previous record of 71 set in 2006 by Ryan Donckers. Miller’s average of 43.3 yards per punt in 2012 ranks third all-time in EWU history, just behind his No. 2 ranking with a 44.2 average in 2011 (the school record is 44.4). Of his 40 punts, six were for at least 50 yards and 15 were downed inside the opponent 20-yard line. His average was third in the Big Sky. He averaged 46.0 yards on four punts with a long of 53 versus Montana (9/29/12) to earn honorable mention Performer of the Week accolades in FCS by College Football Performance Awards. Just two games earlier, Miller received the same honor for his performance at his former school, Washington State (9/8/12). Miller averaged 46.3 yards on seven punts, including a school-record 74-yard punt on his first effort of the day against the Cougars. Entering the 2012 season, he was 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 listed him as a first team preseason All-Big Sky selection.

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 FCS. 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 ranked 23rd in school history (now 25th), and he had three of 57 yards to rank 32nd (now 35th). 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 after originally spending time 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 former Eagle teammate J.C. Agen (’09) 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: Finance major with a 3.41 grade point average at Eastern. Born 9/4/92 in Renton, Wash. Will turn 22 two before Eastern plays Washington. Parents are Doug and Julie Miller. He is the third generation of his family to attend EWU – his father and grandfather both attended Eastern.















































Longest Punts
74 (#1 in EWU history) – Washington State – 9/8/12
66 (#6 in EWU history) – Cal Poly - 11/16/13
59 (#25) – Weber State – 10/5/13
59 (#25) – Northern Colorado – 10/15/11
57 (#35) – Montana – 10/26/13
57 (#35) – Toledo – 9/14/13
57 (#35) – Cal Poly – 11/12/11
57 (#35) – Cal Poly 11/12/11 (yes, twice in same game)
57 (#35) – Portland State – 10/29/11
55 – Twice
54 – Three Times

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