ARLINGTON, Texas -- It took five games, but Von Miller finally has his first sack. He brought down Ryan Mallett for a loss of 11 to end a drive early in the second quarter, and Texas A&M still trails 14-7.
Miller led the nation in sacks last season with 17, but in new defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter's 3-4 scheme, Miller plays the hybrid defensive end/linebacker position coined "Joker" and spends more time in pass coverage than he did last year. Before the season, coach Mike Sherman admitted that Miller's quality of play could exceed last season's and we wouldn't see it show up on the stat sheets.
Earlier this week, Sherman said that's been the case. And though he didn't earn a sack against Oklahoma State last week, he spent plenty of time in the backfield harassing Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden.
An early-season ankle injury limited his time on the field, too.
After the sack, Miller took a few seconds to kneel by himself on the field.