Utah's Blake Miller Added To Tiger Football Staff
Jan. 20, 2011
MEMPHIS, TENN. --- University of Memphis head coach Larry Porter has hired former Utah assistant Blake Miller to serve on his coaching staff.
Miller spent the last two seasons at Utah as the offensive line coach. Under his guidance, offensive guard Caleb Schlauderaff was named to multiple All-America teams in 2010, while the offensive line unit assisted in Utah averaging over 389 yards per game and ranking as high as fifth nationally last season. Utah lost to 10th-ranked Boise State in the 2010 MAACO Bowl.
A native of Alexandria, La., Miller has coached at several universities in Louisiana and Texas, including Rice (2007-08), Texas State (2004-06, 2000-02), SMU (2003) and Northwestern State (1997-2000).
A 14-year veteran of college coaching, Miller's most recent job prior to Utah was as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Rice University. The Owls went 10-3 in 2008 to tie for the most wins in school history--a record first established in 1949. Rice, the 2008 Conference USA West co-champion, finished the year with a victory in the Texas Bowl for the school's first bowl win since 1954.
Miller went to Rice after the second of two stints at Texas State, where he coached from 2000-02 and 2004-06. He spent the 2003 season as the offensive line coach at SMU.
Miller was a coordinator during four of his six seasons at Texas State and he coached the offensive line the entire time. While at the San Marcos, Texas, school he produced three first-team all-conference players and a second-team All-American. In 2005 as the co-offensive coordinator, he helped fashion one of the best offenses in the NCAA FCS. Texas State posted an 11-3 record, tied for the Southland Conference title, advanced to the NCAA semifinals and earned a final national ranking of No. 4. The Bobcats finished eighth in the nation (FCS) in scoring
offense, 11th in total offense and 15th in rushing offense. In 2006, his last year at Texas State, the Bobcats led the conference in total offense.
Texas State also fared well during Miller's first term, when he was the offensive line coach from 2000-02 and the offensive coordinator from 2001-02. In 2000, the Bobcats went 7-4 and placed second in the Southland Conference--at the time, their best league finish as an NCAA I-AA member.
He began his college coaching career at Northwestern State (La.) from 1997-99 as the offensive line coach. Northwestern State won conference championships in 1997 and 1998. The Demons qualified for the I-AA playoffs both years, advancing to the semifinals in 1998 and finishing with a No. 3 national ranking. Miller coached two first-team All-Americans and three first-team all-conference players in his three years at the school.
He was a high school assistant coach in Louisiana (Episcopal High) and Texas (Kilgore High) from 1994-96.
Miller graduated from LSU in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in general studies. He was a four-year letterman and two-year starting center during his undergraduate days at LSU. He was a 1990 first-team all-SEC selection and LSU's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman in 1989 and 1990. He played in the 1990 Blue/Gray College All-Star game and the 1991 East/West Shrine game. Drafted in the seventh round by the New England Patriots, Miller played three seasons in the NFL with New England, Detroit (1992) and the New York Giants (1993).