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Miller to continue career at Wabash

BLOCK: Southwood’s Jackson Miller blocks on the offensive line during the East-West All-Star Classic earlier this summer.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

Southwood’s Jackson Miller didn’t necessarily plan on playing football at the next level. But when the opportunity presented itself, he couldn’t pass it up. As a result, Miller will be aiming to join the football team as he steps onto campus at Wabash College.

“Nothing’s guaranteed,” Miller said. “I’m going to have to work. I’m going to have to play hard but my hope is to continue my football experience at Wabash.”

While he won’t officially declare his major until multiple years into his time at Wabash, Miller intends to enter the law program and pursue a politic science major and a rhetoric minor.

“Actually, it was their law program,” he said on what convinced him to enroll in Wabash. “I think the figure they presented to me is 87 percent placement into law school and that’s like 30 points higher than the national average. I was very intrigued by the campus, by the fraternity, by the brotherhood. I kind of pumped my brakes that it was an all-male college but, man, what a special place and what a gift to be able to continue my career at the next level.”

Miller was an anchor on the offensive line for the Southwood football team last fall, helping the Knights capture a Three Rivers Conference title and advance to a third-straight sectional title game. Southwood dominated on the ground on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Southwood rushed for 2,847 yards in 12 games for an average of 237.3 yards per game with 37 touchdowns.

Defensively, though, the Knights were more dominant. Southwood allowed more than one score just three times on the season and only two teams scored more than 10 points on the year. Through it’s opening seven games, the Knights allowed just three total scores, all touchdowns, for an average of 2.7 points per game. Miller had a role in the defense as well, racking up 64 tackles including two for a loss.

Miller will be joining a Wabash program that finished 9-1 last season, including 8-1 in North Coast Athletic Conference play. The Little Giants closed the season with a win over DePauw, 24-17, in the 125th Monon Bell Classic, one of the longest-running rivalries in Division III.

Wabash graduated 17 seniors from last year’s team, including four offensive linemen and two defensive linemen.