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Black Bear WR Andre Miller signs free agent contract with Giants

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ORONO – A homegrown Black Bear is taking a shot at the next level after signing a free agent contract following the 2022 NFL Draft.

The University of Maine announced on May 1 that wide receiver Andre Miller has signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants.

It’s a relative rarity for local athletes to make the leap to Division I football at UMaine, but Miller – an Old Town native – not only survived but thrived, becoming an integral part of the Black Bears offense.

Miller was twice named an All-CAA honoree, earning first team honors in the spring of 2021 and a second team nod following the fall 2021 season. In his final season at Maine, Miller had the most productive statistical year of his career, registering 39 receptions for 684 yards (both career bests) and three touchdowns in nine games. Miller ranked in the CAA’s top 10 in both catches per game (3.9; ninth) and receiving yards per game (68.4; fourth). He also averaged 17.5 yards per catch.

Still, it was that abbreviated spring FCS season where Miller really showed out. He led the CAA in receptions per game, averaging over five, and receiving yards per game – 87 – while also tying for the league lead in regular season touchdown receptions with six. He was a no-brainer for All-CAA first team.

That isn’t to say that Miller wasn’t turning heads before that. He first blew up people’s radars with his epic performance in Maine’s FCS semifinal matchup against Eastern Washington back in 2018 – nine catches, 129 yards and a score will get you noticed no matter where you are, let along on the biggest stage in FCS.

The next year, he continued his development, catching 28 passes for 529 yards and four scores. He also set a school record for longest scoring reception with a 90-yard TD against Albany.

Miller concluded his career with the Black Bears ranked 14th on Maine's all-time receiving yards list with 1,848 yards, including seven performances of 100 yards or more in a single game, to go along with 104 total receptions and 14 touchdowns.

Again – Mainers playing football at this level are a rarity. For someone like Miller – a guy who grew up just down the road – to get a chance to shine at his hometown school is an even rarer gift. Now, the only thing left to do is root for him to continue showing people what he can do – and don’t be surprised if you start hearing his name on Sundays.

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