Former IAHS QB Miller transfers from Ole Miss to Murray State

Former Itawamba AHS standout signal caller Maikhail Miller recently transferred from Ole Miss to Murray State. Above, Miller warms up before the Rebels' game against Texas last September. (Photo courtesy of John Bowen)

Former Itawamba AHS standout signal caller Maikhail Miller recently transferred from Ole Miss to Murray State. Above, Miller warms up before the Rebels’ game against Texas last September. (Photo courtesy of John Bowen)

MURRAY, KY. – Former IAHS and Ole Miss quarterback Maikhail Miller recently decided to transfer out of the Rebels progam and has landed at Murray State.

The former Daily Journal all-area quarterback finished the spring third on the Rebels depth chart as he battled senior Barry Brunetti for the backup role behind Bo Wallace. The arrival of two heralded freshmen in Ryan Buchanan and Devante Kincade, however, led to the possibility that Miller could drop even further down the depth chart and precipitated his announcement in late July that he would transfer.

“We just thought it was a good move,” he told the Daily Journal’s Parrish Alford at the time. He also commented that Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze agreed with his decision.

“He thought it was a good decision,” Miller said. “We came to an agreement.”

Last week it was revealed that the former Indian would join the Murray State Racers, who compete in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) as opposed to the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) thereby allowing the sophomore to be eligible to play immediatley without having to sit out the 2013 season.

The Racers finished 2012 5-6 (4-4) behind third-year head coach Chris Hatcher. Miller got his first taste of action with his teammates last Tuesday as the Racers began fall camp. The reviews of Miller so far at practice have been good as he  been praised for his atheleticism and strong arm.

Miller is currently locked in a three-way battle for the starting quarterback spot with K.D. Humphries, who won the job after the spring, and former Corinth and Northeast quarterback Parks Frazier.

“(Miller has) got a big arm and pretty good knowledge of the offense in a very short time,” Hatcher told the Murray Ledger after Tuesday’s practice. “What we’ve done at every position, is if you are the starter coming out of the spring, you’re the starter when we open fall camp.

If you are a back up, we give the new guys some opportunities to see what they can do in the first few practices. We are going to work Miller a good bit early in camp and see if he can be our starting quarterback.”

Murray State will open the 2013 football season on Aug. 31 when they travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers. The game will be televised on ESPN 3 at 7 p.m.

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