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.”
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu