Clarion’s Miller Chooses Gannon to Continue Football Career
(Photo of Spencer Miller (sitting center) along with his parents Scott (sitting right) and Laura (sitting left) as well as Clarion football coach Larry Wiser (standing left) and Clarion principal John Kimmell (standing right).)
Miller, who was the Eric Shick Agency D9Sports.com District 9 Jim Kelly Award winner as the District 9 MVP, is coming off a season that saw him throw for 1,030 yards (75 of 131) and nine touchdowns vs. six interceptions and run for 557 yards and 10 touchdowns on 62 carries on offense. On defense, he tied for the team-lead in tackles with 10.2 per game while adding a sack and a team-high five interceptions to go with 13 passes defended. He was also the top punter in District 9 this season averaging 42.1 yards per punt on 23 punts with 10 inside the 20-yard line. He helped Clarion to the District 9 Class 2A title and a second-round berth in the PIAA playoffs.
In his career, he threw for 2,123 yards with 29 touchdowns while running for 959 yards and 14 touchdowns on offense. On defense, he had 282 career tackles with 14 interceptions.
Miller appears to be slated to play offense as a wide receiver for the Golden Knights, who play in the NCAA Division II PSAC.
“What we liked about Spencer was his intelligence, athleticism and versatility to be able to play multiple positions on either side of the ball,” Gannon assistant coach Jermaine Mitchell said. “We like kids that have the ability to do a lot because it helps build flexibility within our schemes. As of right now, we have him coming in to play wide receiver for us but, again, he has the flexibility to be able to move positions if need be.”
Miller will join his brother, Bo, who will be a junior for Gannon’s football team.
“I would like to thank all my teammates and coaches for helping me to become a better player,” Spencer Miller said. “That has allowed me to have the opportunity to play the collegiate level.”
Miller’s dad, Scott (Scotter) played college football at Lycoming and has been an assistant coach at Clarion.
“Spence really developed as a player and a leader over the year,” the elder Miller said. “He has been around the game pretty much all his life so he understands it pretty well. His solid football IQ combined with athleticism and hard work has allowed him to be a standout high school player and will help him in college.”
Clarion head coach Larry Wiser said Gannon is getting a good player, student and citizen.
“I’m very proud Spencer has decided to play his college football with his brother at Gannon,” Wiser said. “Gannon is not only getting a very good football player, but also a great student and good citizen. Spencer will long be remembered, along with his teammates, regarding their football journey at Clarion.”
Parts of this story are courtesy of ClarionSportszone.com.
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