Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 81, the number once worn by Mountaineer wide receiver, Darrell Miller.
Miller, a Philadelphia, PA native, spent five years in Gold and Blue (1978-82), starting out in the tail end of Frank Cignetti’s tenure, while still being in the program for the beginning of the Don Nehlen era. Miller’s career numbers include 1,799 receiving yards, 111 receptions, and 10 touchdown catches.
Miller posted two 500+ yard receiving campaigns during his time in Morgantown; those being his sophomore season (507) and his second senior campaign (565) following a knee injury suffered early on in the 1981 campaign which forced him to miss the rest of the season.
During his college career, Miller only got to play in one bowl game, that being in the 1982 Gator Bowl as the Mountaineers battled the Florida State Seminoles under the leadership of former WVU head coach, the legendary Bobby Bowden. WVU lost the game 31-12, but finished the season in the top 25 for a second straight season.
The 9-3 finish by the Mountaineers in 1982 would lay the ground work for bigger, and better things to come from the program during the 1980’s, and for coach Nehlen’s program as a whole.
For Miller, he would graduate from the school, but his playing career would end as he was left undrafted in both the NFL and USFL pro drafts. Darrell Miller will always be remembered for his blazing speed, earning him the nickname “Coast to Coast” for being able to take passes from Jeff Hostetler and Oliver Luck from one end of the field, quickly down to the other end.