Miller ready to kick field goals for Georgia State

David Miller says he’s nervous, but he’s going to be nervous for every game.

Miller, a sophomore from Hinesville, will handle Georgia State’s field-goal duties for the first time when the Panthers open the season against South Carolina State on Thursday at the Georgia Dome.

“I’m really upset when I disappoint,” he said. “I just don’t want to disappoint.”

Miller has been battling a “foot defect” in August, but he was accurate enough to beat out Matt Ehasz for the job. Christian Benvenuto, who handled the majority of the field goals last year, is suspended for at least the first game of the season.

The Panthers’ field-goal kickers started the 2011 season strongly, hitting eight of their first 11 attempts. But then they started to struggle, missing their next five attempts. Four of those misses were from 45 yards or more. The team finished hitting 10 of 22, including four consecutive misses to end the season.

For the season, the team hit 2 of 3 from 29 yards or less, 3 of 5 from 39 yards or less, and missed six of 12 from 40 yards or more.

Miller said if the coach has faith in him, he will attempt any distance. He said he’s comfortable from 45 yards or less.

Miller said he didn’t play well last year because of the speed of the game and his lack of size. But he’s a year wiser and a year stronger.

“He has been one of the surprises of training camp,” Curry said. “He got really serious and got much stronger this summer and by actual performance under the gun, he’s the starting place-kicker by a good margin.”

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10 comments Add your comment

Ben M.

August 28th, 2012
7:50 am

Hopefully David can put up better numbers than our kickers did last year while he is the starter… CB’s performance was pretty disappointing on and off the field.

GSUtimes2

August 28th, 2012
8:03 am

Nice opportunity for him…hope he makes the most of it. Maybe he’ll be our next Iain Vance.

RidgeRunner

August 28th, 2012
9:15 am

Interesting story and best luck to him. Could Benvenuto be relegated to #2 when he come back?

Steve Nash's Pick and Roll

August 28th, 2012
9:30 am

Miller High Life!

Chicken Bone

August 28th, 2012
12:56 pm

You can do it David! Kick’em long and straight and no wind in the DOME. We’re behind you and the rest of the team. GO YOU BLUE GSU PANTHERS!!!

Sluggo

August 28th, 2012
9:33 pm

I echo Chicken Bone’s statement: “Kick’em long and straight” and we’ll do fine. Good luck Miller!

Panama

August 29th, 2012
9:09 am

Hopefully we can settle on just one PK this season.

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Patricia Gunn

August 29th, 2012
11:14 am

David is a determined, hardworking person who really puts his heart and soul into the game. It is obvious that he loves the game! Good luck, David!

gsu fan

August 29th, 2012
2:28 pm

they surely didnt go by experience out there. ive seen his kicks are slow and low, they will get blocked in a heartbeat. they need to put someone out there with experience behind the ball. benvenuto, got suspended from at least the first game. ehasz, he has worked hard for the starting spot. where did miller come from? wasnt he a punter, & holder for ehasz.