A preseason All-America candidate, UCF defensive end Bruce Miller (Canton, Ga.) leads the nation in career sacks with 27 and career tackles for loss with 44 so, not surprisingly, he was named today to the watch list for the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award.
The prize for the nation’s top down lineman or linebacker is amongst college football’s oldest and most prestigious awards. The 2009 recipient, Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska, was taken last week with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
Miller was one of four players selected from the state: UCF (Miller), Florida (OG Mike Pouncey), Florida State (OG Rodney Hudson) and Miami (DL Allen Bailey).
Named the 2009 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, Miller made 13 sacks and 18 tackles for loss last year as a junior. A versatile end who also moved to tackle and played a three-technique in UCF’s nickel package, Miller also was credited with seven forced hurries and three pass breakups last fall, helping the Knights lead C-USA in total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense, sack and tackles for loss. UCF was fourth in the nation last fall in rushing defense, topped only by BCS bowl participants Texas, Alabama and TCU.
STATE OF FLORIDA FBS SACK RECORDS
- Daniel Stubbs 39.5 1984-87 Miami NFL 1st Rd. Pick
- Reinard Wilson 35.5 1993-96 Florida St. NFL 1st Rd. Pick
- Greg Mark 34.5 1986-89 Miami NFL 1st Rd. Pick
- Peter Boulware 34 1994-96 Florida St. NFL 1st Rd. Pick
- Alex Brown 33 1998-01 Florida NFL 1st Rd. Pick
- Elton Patterson 30.5 1999-02 UCF NFL 7th Rd. Pick
- Kenny Holmes 30 1993-96 Miami NFL 1st Rd. Pick
- George Selvie 29 2006-09 USF NFL 7th Rd. pick
- (Tie) Alonzo Johnson 27 1981-85 Florida NFL 2nd Rd. Pick and Bruce Miller 27 2007-09 UCF
To see Miller and his UCF teammates in action six times this fall at Bright House Networks Stadium, get your season tickets today, starting at just $99. You can purchase them either over the phone at (407) 823-1000 or online at UCFAthletics.com.