Texas A&M defensive end/linebacker Von Miller, who led the nation with 17 quarterback sacks last season, will return for his senior season.
Miller, who contemplated early entry in the 2010 NFL draft, announced his decision to return today. In a statement issued by school officials, Miller said: “I feel it is in my best interest to come back. It is important to me and my family to earn my degree … and this will put me much closer to that goal. I can’t leave A&M right now.”
Miller, an All-American last season, finished with 21.5 tackles for losses for an A&M defense that ranked last among Big 12 teams in yards allowed (426.3 per game) and points allowed (33.5 per game). Miller made 48 tackles for the Aggies, who capped a 6-7 season with a 44-20 loss to Georgia in the Independence Bowl. A&M will play for a new defensive coordinator next season because of Joe Kines’ retirement after the Independence Bowl.
Miller, a DeSoto resident, said coach Mike Sherman assisted him in getting evaluations from NFL officials. Sherman, former coach of the Green Bay Packers, said Miller “is still young by NFL standards and I believe he has a chance to make more improvement and increase his standing in the eyes of the NFL scouts” next season.
_ Jimmy Burch