Published Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm / Updated at 8:22 pm
Q&A with Husker long snapper Gabriel Miller

Nebraska felt so strongly about getting a quality long-snapper that it made Miller a scholarship signee last February out of Mishawaka, Ind. The 6-foot, 235-pounder was a two-year starter at center for Penn High School, but his forte was snapping on punts and place-kicks, a craft that he perfected by firing countless balls off a barn wall at his family home.

Q: How do you feel like you’ve done so far with your duties as a true freshman?

A: I’ve gotten in there and I feel like my snapping’s been good. I’ve had to work on my blocking a little bit. I think where I’m at right now is pretty good, but there’s always room to improve.

Q: You OK with most people not knowing your name, since that means you’re just doing your job?

A: It’s definitely a position where if you don’t get talked about then it’s a good thing.

Q: You said you’re still looking for your first solo tackle on punt coverage. Been close yet?

A: I was in on one during the UCLA game. I think Kenny (Bell) might’ve got in there before me, but I tell my buddies back home that was me.

Q: Growing up around Notre Dame, Purdue and Indiana football, how do you end up at Nebraska?

A: I think when you come up it’s like you fall in love. There’s really nothing more to see once you get here. The way Saturday finished, it was almost like reliving when I took my visit here.

Q: Did you join the celebration dogpile or stay away from it?

A: I was probably in about the middle. I ran pretty quick out there. I was talking to my mom about it and I was like, ‘It seemed like a good thing at the time, but when you’re in there you just want to get out.’

Q: So you probably wouldn’t have wanted to be any lower?

A: The bottom must’ve been horrible. I don’t even want to think about that.

Q: When do you know that long-snapping is a skill that you have or can perfect?

A: My sophomore year (in high school) I started going to a long-snapping coach, Chris Rubio, and a couple camps. But he really just gave me a couple things to work on and said you could be great at this.

Contact the writer: Rich Kaipust    |   402-444-1042    |  

Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football and some general assignment tasks, including the College World Series and U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.



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