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August 11, 2012

Miller, Vardaro ready to make an impact at BC

Miller, Vardaro intent on making an impact at BC this fall

CHESTNUT HILL — Everybody agrees, Andover’s Brian Miller is quite a talent.

Boston College coach Frank Spaziani called him, “a tremendous athlete and a very tough football player.”

BC’s top receiver Bobby Swigert said of the redshirt freshman tight end, “He’s a very big kid and very talented. He’s definitely a presence. I’ve been very impressed with Brian Miller.”

He has always impressed. That’s why two years ago he was ranked the No. 9 high school senior tight end in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 30 by ESPN.

The Eagles have their fingers crossed he can showcase his talent this fall. He hasn’t played in a game since a horrible leg injury on a seemingly harmless tackle in the famed eight-overtime Andover 88-82 win over Lowell on Nov. 12, 2010.

If he’s healthy, the region will have a lot to root for with the Maroon and Gold. Big sophomore Bobby Vardaro of North Reading, the former Phillips Academy star, is slated to split time at left guard for the Eagles.

Miller played wide receiver during the spring, quite a sight given he’s 6-4, 230 pounds. But BC is now healthy at wide receiver, and his more natural tight end position is a more pressing need. Especially since BC’s top tight end, senior Chris Pantale, recently broke his foot, putting his season in jeopardy.

BC would love for Miller to take a lot of those Pantale reps. It’s just a matter of staying healthy. After a healthy spring, his leg injury flared up again. He said at yesterday’s media day he expects to be back in a couple days.

With all he’s been through, Miller remains confident.

“There are some lingering issues,” he explained. “There was a lot of work done. It will never be perfect.”

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