COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Von Miller's size and speed have given him a rare platform as a possible top 5 pick in this month's NFL draft.
Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman professes to be one of Miller's biggest fans, but what's impressed Sherman most? Miller has turned that platform into an opportunity to leave no doubt about who helped him get to where he is today.
"The success was never about him, but it was about his teammates, and it’s been that way ever since he left in the comments he made at the combine or what he’s said to the media and even when he came back here for pro day," Sherman said. "It’s always been about his teammates."
That's helped shine a bit of light on Aggieland this offseason, but Miller, who has an opportunity to be the highest draft pick since linebacker Quentin Coryatt went No. 2 overall in 1992 and Texas A&M's first first-round pick since Ty Warren and Sammy Davis in 2003, made big strides in the last year to get here, too.
"During the season, he grew, I just felt like he grew up. He’s only 21 years old for crying out loud. Everything that came at him, I though he handled it with such maturity," Sherman said.
The attention for Miller, who led the nation in sacks as a junior in 2009, was constant. His numbers dipped in 2010, but he showcased a wider variety of skills, dropping into pass coverage more than ever under new defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, but still led the Big 12 with 10.5 sacks.
"I’ve seen a guy really grow into an exceptional person, and it’s fun to see as a coach, to see a young man grow up and have the value system that he currently has," Sherman said.