Quarterback Drew Miller hasn't had much to say since news broke this week that he has considered transferring from BYU. Apparently, he wants his abilities to do all the talking for him. And Miller's time to show what he can do might arrive as soon as Saturday.
BYU coach LaVell Edwards said 6-foot sophomore could see action this weekend when the 1-2 Cougars host Division I-AA foe Murray State. Edwards didn't say when or how much Miller would play, adding that Kevin Feterik is still entrenched as the starter. Miller's only pass attempt and completion of the season was caught by Feterik, on a trick play against Arizona State.For a space of a couple of days this week, it appeared Miller might never play another down as a Cougar. But on Wednesday, Miller defused speculation that he might withdraw from school because of a lack of playing time.
But will Miller remain at BYU following the 1998 campaign? That decision could hinge on what happens the next several weeks. Miller declined comment on his future or on the events of the past few days.
"I imagine he is here to stay," Edwards said.
Even after losing the starting job to Feterik during fall camp, Miller maintained that he enjoys BYU, his coaches and teammates. He added he accepted his role as a backup to Feterik.
But last week, Miller admitted to the Deseret News not being able to play was "real hard."
What remains to be seen is what impact this much-publicized incident has on the rest of the Cougars. Edwards insists it didn't have any effect on his team. "It was blown out of proportion," he said. Receiver Margin Hooks made an unsolicited announcement as he passed an army of media on the way to practice Wednesday: "There is no controversy."
But a quarterback controversy could be brewing if the BYU offense continues to struggle.
After being shut out at halftime last Saturday against Washington, Cougar coaches seriously considered inserting Miller in the second half. They went with Feterik to open the third quarter, and Feterik promptly marched BYU on a scoring drive. Meanwhile, Miller sat on the sidelines for the remainder of the game. The Cougars fell, 20-10.
The Lakewood, Wash., native had a slew of family and friends in attendance at Husky Stadium and, according to Miller's father, Dave, sitting out hurt him deeply and made him angry.
With the team's permission, Miller remained in Washington after the game to spend some time with his family. From home on Sunday, he phoned offensive coordinator Norm Chow to air his grievances.
Edwards and Drew Miller met twice, on Tuesday and again on Wednesday.
"He came in (Wednesday) and told me he was staying," Edwards said. "We're delighted to have him." The Cougar coach also spoke to Dave Miller on Wednesday. "His family is desirous of Drew staying," he said.
Miller practiced with the team both Tuesday and Wednesday.
BYU athletic director Rondo Fehlberg says he's happy the saga, for now, is over. "It's been a stressful thing for Drew," he said. "It's stressful when you're losing and you're not given a chance, not given a chance to contribute."
Looks like Miller's chance to contribute could be right around the corner.