Sophomore quarterback Maikhail Miller has only been on campus a few weeks, but as of Monday morning, the former Ole Miss Rebel was named the starting quarterback for the Murray State football team’s opening game against Missouri.
Miller, a PrepStar All-America Selection out of high school, played his freshman season at Ole Miss, appearing in two games for the Rebels.
Faced with a crowded depth chart and highly-touted incoming recruits, Miller decided to trade in the pressure and spotlight of SEC football for a chance to replace All-American Casey Brockman and lead the Racers’ unique “Hatch Attack” offense.
The starting role did not come easy for Miller, however, as juniors Parks Frazier, CJ Bennett and sophomore KD Humphries provided stiff competition for the position.
Since Miller’s arrival on the first day of preseason practice, he and Frazier separated themselves as the top two candidates for the job. Over the last two weeks, the two quarterbacks remained locked in a tight battle for the starting job.
During the final scrimmage of preseason practice Saturday morning, both quarterbacks made strong final impressions as Frazier completed nine of 13 attempts for 116 yards and three touchdowns while Miller went ten for 14 with 92 yards and two touchdowns.
With Miller now at the helm of the Racer offense, Head Coach Chris Hatcher and company will resume practice Wednesday afternoon as they begin preparations for the season opener at Missouri on Aug. 31st.