Former Byrnes standout Corey Miller wrapped up his college career at the University of Tennessee last Saturday in a big way.
As Tennessee defeated Kentucky 27-14 Miller had his best day as a Volunteer. The senior broke a 30-year-old record for sacks in a game as he hauled down Kentucky quarterbacks 4.5 times. The old record of 4 sacks in a single game was set on October 1, 1983 by none other than NFL Hall of Famer Reggie White.
“It definitely hit me right away,” Miller said. “I was thinking ‘man, you’ve got to be kidding me’. I mean, that’s the ‘Minister of Defense’. That’s the best defensive player in the history of the game. I’m just honored and blessed to even be mentioned with him.”
Miller also racked up seven tackles and a forced fumble in the victory. He was named the SEC’s Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week, and the NCAA National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance. His 6.5 sacks for the year are the most from a Vols player since 2005.
Miller wrapped up a career that saw Tennessee with three head coaches during his time with the Volunteers. He seemed to hit his stride under first-year head coach Butch Jones. Miller was among the players singled out by Jones for a position of leadership in the off-season.
“It’s definitely something I prided myself on,” he said. “It was an honor that I truly appreciated.”
Miller also appreciates a chance to gloat a little in conversations with some former high school teammates. Miller’s Volunteers defeated South Carolina this year for the first time in his career.
“I finally get to go home and say that I got the last laugh,” he said.
Miller hopes to continue his career, and will pursue the opportunity in the coming months.
“I’m going to pursue any and every option,” he said. “I’m looking at All-Star games right now, and I’m going to take my best shot at our Pro Day and do whatever I can.”