Miller thriving at receiver for Pioneers


From quarterback to star wide receiver.

Peyton Miller had played quarterback all his life, and began the 2017 season as the starter for the Utica College football team.

He was replaced by Vinny Aloi five games in, and knew he needed to find a way back onto the field.

“It was a unique situation,” Miller said.  “I talked to (head coach Blaise Faggiano) and I asked him if I could tryout at wide receiver.”

Faggiano didn’t hesitate.

“In high school, a lot of the best and smartest players play quarterback,” Faggiano said.  “Only one guy gets to play quarterback and you want to get those athletes on the field.  I think that’s what happened with Peyton.”

The transition turned out to be a natural one.  Through three games in the 2018 season, Miller is the leading receiver in the entire Empire 8 conference, highlighted by a three-touchdown game against Catholic.

“He’s just a competitor,” Faggiano said.  “He’s also an athlete.  When you take those two things and combine them, you can pretty much do anything.  He could play running back if we needed him to.”

In the end though, it’s all about the W for Miller.

“I just want to win football games,” he said.  “I don’t care if I have zero catches for zero yards or 13 catches for whatever yards, I just want to win.”

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