Oct. 19, 2011
From Navy Sports Information
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Sam Miller is having the time of his life as a senior at the Naval Academy. He hopes that his experience is only beginning.
Consider the following.
In the classroom, Miller was a CoSIDA / ESPN The Magazine third-team Academic All-American last year, owning a 3.95 GPA in mechanical engineering. Through his junior year, he ranked 19th on the Academic Order of Merit and 57th on the Overall Order of Merit out of 1,135 classmates. He has recorded a 4.00 GPA in four straight semesters (every semester of his sophomore and junior years) and has been on the Commandant's List five times, the Superintendent's List three times and the Dean's List twice in his first six semesters of the Academy. And by the way, his class schedule for this semester includes your standard college courses of Heat Transfer, Mechanical Engineering Design, Weapons Design and Analysis and Control Systems and Their Application to Weapons.
On the field entering the Oct. 22 contest at American, Miller has played in 63 of a possible 67 games during his career, starting 41 of them. Not many players in school history have played more games than Miller and he has done it with a quiet confidence from day one. During his 63-game career, Miller has scored nine points (4 g, 1 a) as a midfielder and has had a flair for the dramatic doing so. He earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 15, 2008, after his first career goal came with just 27 seconds left in the second overtime of a 1-0 win over Saint Joseph's. His second career tally came as a sophomore, which tied the game at 2-2 in the 86th minute of a 3-2 victory over Temple. One of his two goals as a junior came with Navy trailing 2-0 against Holy Cross, a goal that kick-started a three-goal spurt in 13 minutes to give Navy a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Crusaders to keep the Mids in the hunt for a Patriot League Tournament berth.
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