IAHS’s Miller to be featured on popular Netflix documentary

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Editor

Last spring, when former Itawamba AHS standout Vijay Miller signed his letter of

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Former IAHS and current East Mississippi Community College quarterback Vijay Miller (middle) interacts with his sister, Meagan (right) and twin brother, Tray (left), while a cameraman for the hit Netflix documentary "Last Chance U" captures the moment for the show.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
Former IAHS and current East Mississippi Community College quarterback Vijay Miller (middle) interacts with his sister, Meagan (right) and twin brother, Tray (left), while a cameraman for the hit Netflix documentary “Last Chance U” captures the moment for the show.

intent to play football for national junior college powerhouse East Mississippi Community College, he had no idea what would come along with it.

A couple months ago, Netflix released season one of “Last Chance U,” a sports documentary that chronicled the dramatic 2015 season of the EMCC Lions.

The wildly popular show was recently renewed for a second season and, after Miller’s impressive first start for the Lions -a 27-25 loss at Jones County-, the producers sent a film crew to Fulton to follow the 6’3″, 195-lb. freshman quarterback in a day of his everyday life at home on Saturday, Sept. 3.

“I didn’t know they were doing a season two,” said Miller. “[The film crew] has been following me around some on campus, but I guess they decided to come home with me.”

Quarterback competition was a large part of the drama during the first season of Last Chance U, as the show concentrated on many aspects, including the quarterback battle between former Louisville high school signal-caller Wyatt Roberts and current Auburn backup John Franklin III.

Miller drew his first start due to the fact that every player who was at the infamous game between the Lions and Mississippi Delta last season, in which a giant brawl took place, received a two-game suspension. The first game was EMCC’s playoff game and the second was this year’s opener at Jones.

Miller performed well, completing 22-of-37 pass attempts for 248 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions, despite being under duress all night long.

In their second game, Miller conceded the starting job to sophomore Florida State-transfer De’Andre Johnson but came in to throw an 18-yard touchdown pass and later run for a five-yard score during the Lions’ 45-7 rout of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

When the Netflix crew came to Fulton, they spent the early part of the day at the Miller residence, then later followed him out for dinner and a night out.

“It’s kinda weird with the cameras being around at school and practice every day, but I’ve kinda learned to deal with it like everyone else,” Miller said, “but it was a little different with them coming back home with me.”

Miller will be featured, along with his parents Hubert and Charletta, his siblings Meagan and Tray, as well as various other friends, family, coaches and teammates that were encountered throughout the day.

While Miller will continue to push Johnson in practice for game reps, he is catching eyes of everyone with his play on the field. While he may not cement himself as the starter at any point this season, he will definitely have a leg up on potential competition for the 2017 season if he continues to play at his current level.

With the cameras rolling, Miller hopes to become the second former IAHS player (Ethan Orr in 2015) to win a national title in Scooba.

 

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About Scotty Nichols

Graduate of THE University of Mississippi. #HottyToddy. I like sports. And BBQ.

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