Sept. 22, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD - Johns Hopkins senior offensive lineman Tim Miller (Ronkonkoma, NY/Sachem East) is one of 11 Division I-AA, Division II, Division III and NAIA football players who have been named to the 2009 Allstate American Football Coaches Association's (AFCA) Good Works Team®. Two 11-man teams, a Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) Team and a combined Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Division II, Division III and NAIA Team, were selected. The selection of Miller marks the third time in the last five years that the Johns Hopkins football team has placed a player on the prestigious team. Previously, Jim Sanders (2005) and Brian Nickel (2006) were selected.
A record 106 nominations for the Good Works Team® were submitted to the AFCA this year and the 106 nominations were presented to the selection committee. Allstate assembled a high-profile voting panel made up of previous Good Works Team® members, including former University of Georgia lineman Matt Stinchcomb and former Tulane University running back Mewelde Moore, as well as prominent college football media personalities, including ESPN's Lou Holtz and Kirk Herbstreit and CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd, to elect this year's team. Also a part of the selection committee are current AFCA president and San Jose State University head coach Dick Tomey, 1996 AFCA president and former head coach at the United States Air Force Academy Fisher DeBerry, and Allstate vice president Guy Hill. From the nominations the committee selected the two 11-man teams.
Nominees must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or involved in other community service activities.
Miller's list of extracurricular activities and community service is as impressive as it is long. He is in the process of initiating a Johns Hopkins chapter for the organization Operation Smile. This is a fundraising/community building venture that helps children who were born with facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates in Baltimore.
Miller has also been active with a group of college athletes that serve as role models and mentors for Baltimore area children. A large percentage of children in Baltimore come from single-family homes. The athletes spend time with the kids doing a variety of activities, including playing sports and attending Orioles games.
One of the signature initiatives of the Johns Hopkins football program is its involvement with Baltimore's Pen Lucy Tutoring Organization and Miller has been an integral part of this program. He has served as a volunteer tutor on a weekly basis with a Baltimore area youngster. Tutoring covers a variety of subjects and he has focused on one student to build a relationship and trust with the child.
Miller is currently the President of the Johns Hopkins Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) after serving as the Vice President last year. He has been instrumental in the activities of the organization, including JHU's Pink Zone (formerly Think Pink) initiative with women's basketball and water polo. He is also among the SAAC leaders who took on the challenge of rebuilding a nearby inner-city playground that burnt down last spring. The rebuilding of the playground took place just prior to the close of the 2008-09 academic year.
In addition to the above, Miller also served as the Executive Secretary of the Johns Hopkins Student Government Association for the last two years and is now a Senior Class Senator for the SGA. As the Executive Secretary, regularly met with the University deans to discuss issues that were presented to the SGA by students or organizations on campus and also maintained the organization web site.
Miller spent the last two summers as an intern in the oncology department at Stony Brook University Hospital and also conducted research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Here, he worked with psychologists on behavior modification techniques in order to help children work on behavioral problems. Miller is a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Council and has been active in JHU's Relay for Life.
A three-year letter winner and a team co-captain this season, Miller has started every game since the start of the 2008 season at right guard after missing the final three games of the 2007 season with a torn ACL. Overall, he has started all 27 games he has played in during his career.
Miller helped guide Johns Hopkins to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the 2008 ECAC Southeast Championship Game. Despite an offense that started just two seniors and with Miller leading the way, the Blue Jays averaged 378 yards and 26.1 points per game last season. JHU also surrendered just 14 sacks in 342 pass attempts last season. The 378 yards and 26.1 points the Blue Jays averaged last season both rank as the program's fourth-highest single-season averages in the last 30 years. For his efforts, Miller earned Second Team All-Centennial Conference honors in 2008.
Johns Hopkins is currently 2-1 this season and the Blue Jay offense is currently averaging 27.7 points and 363.0 yards per game. The Blue Jays, who are among the teams listed as receiving votes in this week's AFCA Division III Coaches' Poll, have allowed just one sack in 93 pass attempts this season.
Miller is majoring in Psychology with a minor in bioethics and boasts a 3.25 cumulative grade point average. He plans to attend medical school.
Below is a list of players selected to the 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams®:
Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A)
Xavier Dye (Jr. WR)
Tim Tebow (Sr. QB)
Jeff Owens (Sr. DL)
Jammie Kirlew (Sr. DL)
Darrell Stuckey (Sr. DB)
Kansas/Kansas City, Kan.
Zoltan Mesko (Sr. P)
Andrew Brewer (Sr. WR)
Taylor Kavanaugh (Sr. WR)
Oregon St./Portland, Ore.
Travis Jones (Sr. LB)
San Jose St./Atascadero, Calif.
Derrick Coleman (So. RB)
Chris Maragos (Sr. DB)
Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III, and NAIA
Tim Miller (Sr. OL)
Johns Hopkins/Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
Joe Goldufsky (Sr. DL)
Beloit/Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Reid Velo (Jr. WR)
Bethel (Minn.)/Nashwuak, Minn.
David Pesek (Sr. QB)
Colorado School of Mines/Centennial, Colo.
Paul Hughes (Sr. LB)
Cumberlands (Ky.)/Montezuma, Ga.
Chris Owens (Sr. WR)
Earlham/Ft. Thomas, Ky.
Joshua Cain (Sr. DB)
Jacksonville St./Wetumpka, Ala.
Richard Bowman (Sr. DB)
North Dakota St./Houston, Texas
Kevin Grayson (Jr. WR)
Jeffrey Hilliard (Sr. DB)
St. Thomas (Minn.)/Woodbury, Minn.
Jacob Rowe (Jr. DL)
Tarleton St./Alvarado, Texas