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While Tim Tebow has been getting all the attention for Denver’s 7-1 record in the last eight games, a lot of credit is due to an improved Broncos defense and rookie linebacker Von Miller.
Denver selected Miller with the second overall pick in the 2011 draft. Miller rose up draft boards after strong pre-draft performances at the NFL Combine and Senior Bowl, where he was named Defensive MVP.
Miller first began to receive national attention after recording 17 sacks his junior year at Texas A&M. He followed that up by winning the Butkus Award his senior year, awarded annually to the nation’s top linebacker. Miller was also named to the Associated Press All-America first team after his 10.5-sack year.
It is clear that Miller is no stranger to getting to the quarterback. That trend has not ended this season, either.
While playing in just 12 games, he leads all rookies with 11.5 sacks, good for seventh in the league. But Miller has done more than rush the passer, he also has 62 tackles and two forced fumbles on the year.
Miller has recorded at least one sack in his past four games and is just three shy of tying the rookie sack record set by “The Freak” Jevon Kearse in 1999.
Miller will have his work cut out for him this week, as the Patriots have given up just 22 sacks this season, tied for fifth best in the league.