July 2, 2013
By Austin Miller, OleMissSports.com
OXFORD, Miss. — Last time you probably saw Maikhail Miller, he was throwing passes in the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl.
Now, he's busy preparing for the upcoming football season, between strength and conditioning and 7-on-7 work with the other quarterbacks and receivers.
But on the weekends, Miller plays for the North Delta Dealers of the Cotton States Baseball League, a collegiate wooden bat league based in New Albany, Miss.
"It's been fun," Miller said. "We have been working out and getting better at football, but I have been playing baseball on the weekends sometimes. One or two games every weekend, I think I have been doing well over there."
A three-sport athlete at Itawamba Agricultural High School, Miller said baseball was his favorite sport growing up, but also that he hadn't played the sport in about two years before this summer.
He has played both ways for North Delta, hitting .238 as a first baseman and outfielder, while posting a 2.57 ERA on the mound.
Might you see Miller in an Ole Miss baseball uniform next spring?
"I haven't thought about it yet, but let's see how this summer goes," Miller said. "If I keep liking it, I might just go out there."
Miller Putting In The Summer Football Work
After playing in two games last year as a redshirt freshman, Miller got his first taste of significant action in spring practice. With Bo Wallace out, he split reps with Barry Brunetti at quarterback, and in the Grove Bowl, Miller was 7-of-11 for 46 yards passing and added 60 yards on the ground.
"I think I did well," Miller said of spring practice. "I have a lot more learning to do in the playbook and improving my reads. I think I did well, just to get more reps and see what different kinds of reads I need to make."
Miller had high praise for head strength and conditioning coach Paul Jackson, as he said they look to increase the tempo this year.
"Footwork and getting faster, those are the main things we have been working on," Miller said. "We have been getting up to pace for our fast-paced offense, so just staying in shape with that too."
Aside from that, Miler said he is also working on getting into the film room more and getting timing down with his receivers. Part of that, Miller said, is the 7-on-7 work on Mondays and Thursdays, and then extra work on Wednesday, which is their off-day from football activities.
"They're good players, all of them," Miller said of the receivers. "They're fast, big. We got a very good receiving corps. I think the freshmen that are coming in, they'll get some playing time, too."
"He's fast and physical," Miller said of Treadwell. "He's got good hands."
Miller said his focus is on football, but as he is doing this summer, he also wants to give baseball a try.
"Just see where my football goes this next year," Miller said. "I have always loved baseball, so whatever I decide in the end, I want to go back to baseball sometime in my career, so it's just a matter of time to see what football does."
Austin Miller is a writer and blogger for OleMissSports.com. He joined the staff in June 2013 after serving as sports editor of the Daily Mississippian. Follow him on Twitter @austinkmiller
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