Julian Miller ready to help revamp the Roughriders’ defense

Julian Miller ready to help revamp the Roughriders’ defense

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   Jock Sanders helps Miller in Saskatchewan to “focus on the here and now” and help with the transition to not only playing in the CFL, but living in Canada.

   “Jock has always been a great teammate ever since I met him when we came in together as freshman at WVU,”said Miller. “He helped me adjust to being in Canada last season, as well as how the team was run and the ins and outs of things. He’s such a good teammate that he told me about how it was hard to adjust to the living and financial side of things. He took me out to eat the first night I was there. That speaks a lot for his character and friendship. Knowing at least one person when coming into a new situation always makes things easier.”

   Last season, Sanders played a dynamic role for the Roughriders, when healthy. He returned kicks, caught passes and ran the ball in the offense. He missed the last five games of the season and the Playoffs due to injury. He finished the season with 20 carries for 163 yards, 28 catches for 228 and a touchdown. On special teams, he had 22 punt returns for 243 yards and ran back 16 kickoffs for 339. Miller tells us that the coaches love Sanders and what he brings to the team.

   “The feeling I got,” Miller said the coaching staff’s attitude towards Sanders,” was that he was a sort of wild card for them. He’s like a Tavon Austin or Percy Harvin type player who can run, catch and return.”

   “He still has his same charm and jokes so he seemed to be cool with everyone. I spoke to him a couple of weeks ago and he said he’s recovering well and looking forward to upcoming season.”

   They have a bright future in the CFL where Mountaineers like Scooter Berry, Avon Cobourne, Lance Frazier and Noel Devine carved niches. Sanders helped the Roughriders offense add a new wrinkle last season. This season, Julian Miller could do the same for the team on the defensive side of the ball.

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