It's a match made in heaven. Or at least on a Baptist college campus.
Polk County two-time all-state running back and linebacker Zach Miller will sign today with Carson-Newman University. Miller, who already is a part-time preacher, will major in pastoral studies and was being recruited also by East Tennessee State and Division III member Maryville College.
"As I was thinking about where I would sign, my mind went back to something a coach at Carson-Newman said while I was on a visit there," Miller said. "The coach told me that if I was just worried about being good in football then Carson-Newman might not be the right fit, but if I wanted to become a better Christian and get to play on a winning football program, then that's what I would get.
"That was the only place recruiting me that talked about faith, and that was really important to me."
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Miller likely will play linebacker or defensive end for the Eagles, a longtime NCAA Division II power.
He led the area with more than 300 rushing attempts last season, finishing with more than 1,800 yards and 23 touchdowns.
"They got themselves a really good, hard-nosed player," Polk County coach Derrick Davis said. "But more than that, they got a real good kid coming to their program. It's well-known what type of kid Zach is and how hard he plays, so I think this is just a real good fit all around."
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