When you picture a warrior, you probably don’t think of a former high school QB turned college TE, but that is exactly what Miller Forristall is.
Coming up through high school Miller Forristall was a solid QB for Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Georgia. Then he made a transition to TE his senior season, because some kid that goes by the name Trevor Lawrence came along, you may have heard of him. Being the great teammate that Miller is, he didn’t complain about his move to TE, instead he thrived. Miller became a highly touted target for some college programs and ultimately decided to sign with the Tide.
In his freshman season, Miller began to show his toughness and clutch play by catching a crucial 22 yard pass on Alabama’s go ahead drive late in the game against LSU. The next two seasons were cut short due to injury and most people would have thrown in the towel and began to feel sorry for themselves, but not Miller. He began to rehab and work to get back on the field to contribute to this team. The 2019 season saw him play well both as a pass catcher and as a blocker, but his season was once again cut short due to an injury. In eight games he was able to haul in 15 catches for 167 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Miller entered the 2020 season as a fifth year senior, injury riddled, battle tested, and hungry to finish a season the right way. Through the first four games he has caught 8 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown. His blocking in the run game has been a huge difference maker for the Tide this fall. He has helped open holes for Heisman Trophy candidate Najee Harris, and is one of the most integral pieces of the Tide offense.
Miller’s toughness and warrior mentality was best displayed this past Saturday against the Georgia Bulldogs. On the Tide’s first play from scrimmage Miller was bent backwards and injured his right ankle and was taken to the locker room. He toughed it out and came back in the game. Miller made a clutch 3rd down catch to keep the Tide’s offense on the field and a couple plays later he did an amazing job in pass protection on DeVonta Smith’s wheel route that went for a touchdown. A little later Miller made another clutch back shoulder catch that helped set up Will Reichard’s 52 yard momentum changing field goal as the first half expired.
At the end of the day, Miller isn’t going to “wow” you with OJ Howard or Irv Smith type receiving production, and he may not pancake opposing defenders like Michael Williams did back in the early Saban days, but there isn’t a player on Alabama’s team that is as tough or as willing to go to battle for sixty minutes than Miller Forristall. Bama’s Ultimate Warrior.
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