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One to Watch at Alabama's A-Day: OLB Christian Miller

He has shown patience in waiting his turn. His time has arrived.

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National Signing Day 2014 will forever be remembered by Alabama fans as the day that was “pre-built and hidden by code” as five-star OLB Rashaan Evans became the cherry on top of what was, at the time, Saban’s best-ever recruiting class. Lost in the shuffle was Christian Miller from Columbia, SC, fellow OLB and top 50 prospect in his own right who had decommitted from Florida to join the Tide’s class over the summer.

Miller is a classic “sam” outside linebacker, a versatile player who can competently rush the passer and cover a tight end. When Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson decided to return for their senior seasons, Miller’s time in the spotlight was delayed. Rather than sulk, he contributed mightily on special teams and produced in his limited opportunities on defense. He finished the season with 16 tackles, four hurries, and two sacks.

At 6’4” and 240 lbs. with 4.7 speed, Miller’s versatility should be a real asset this season. He is stout enough to set the edge and nimble enough to peel out on a back. It would not be surprising to find him with his hand on the ground at times in a “jack” LB rotation with Terrell Hall as well. Miller has a great chance to be this season’s Anthony Averett as a player who waited patiently before making a huge impact in his fourth season on campus.

Look for Christian to seize on his opportunity and become a key contributor to what will be one of the best position groups in the country.