On Thursday night, Lamar Miller will line up against his hometown Miami Dolphins for the first time in his NFL career.
"You know I played there my first four years," Miller said. "I know some of the guys. Throughout the whole offseason, I trained with the majority of the guys that played with the Dolphins, so it's good to play against some of my friends and my hometown."
Now in his third season with the Texans, Miller had only played football in Miami before his move to Houston in 2016. He attended Miami Killian High School and earned first-team all-state honors as a senior. After redshirting his 2009 season, Miller played in 23 games with 13 starts for the University of Miami. In 2011, Miller rushed for 1,272 yards during his final season, becoming the first back to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season for the Hurricanes since Willis McGahee did so in 2002.
Drafted by the Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft, Miller continued playing in the same stadium he played in throughout his collegiate career. After his rookie contract was up in 2016, Miller entered free agency and decided it was the right time to move.
"They (Dolphins) offered me to come back but I just felt like Houston, at the time, was a winning organization," Miller said. "They would give me an opportunity to showcase my skillset, which I don't regret anything. I love it here in Houston."
Heading into Thursday night's game against the Dolphins, Miller is coming off his best performance of the 2018 season. Miller rushed for 100 yards on 22 carries, averaging 4.5 yards per carry, and scored on a five-yard run in the second quarter in the Texans' 20-7 win at Jacksonville.
"Lamar is doing a good job," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He runs hard, does a good job in the passing game, had a good game last week, kind of does a lot of different things for us, great pro, does a great job in the locker room. Really glad we have him."
Through six games this season, Miller has a team-high 371 rushing yards on 95 carries with one touchdown. He has also recorded 11 receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown. In Week 2, Miller surpassed 5,000 rushing yards for his career (2012-18). He currently ranks third in career rushing yards in Texans history with 2,232 yards.
The Texans will host the Dolphins in a primetime match up on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. CT on NFL Network, FOX-26 and SportsRadio 610.
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