The Egg Harbor Township High School football team needed a quarterback this season.
So it turned to one of the Cape-Atlantic League's best wide receivers.
Now, Scott Miller has a lot more on his mind than just running his own routes.
Egg Harbor kicks off the season at Atlantic City at 7 p.m. today.
"I've been watching film non-stop," Miller said. "I have to know every guy on defense - his tendencies. I have to be ready for everything."
Expectations are high for Egg Harbor. The Eagles are No. 7 in The Press' Elite 11.
They finished 6-4 and qualified for the South Jersey Group IV playoffs last season. They beat South Jersey Group III runner-up Hammonton 24-7. Egg Harbor led South Jersey Group IV champion Mainland Regional 27-7 in second half before losing 30-27 on Thanksgiving.
The Eagles return multiple standouts, but quarterback Tim Little graduated after throwing for 1,662 yards and 20 touchdowns. He now plays at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
Miller was Little's backup. He also played quarterback growing up.
"I would take a few snaps in practice during the week in case Tim got hurt," Miller said.
He also was Little's top target. Miller caught 44 passes for 600 yards and 10 touchdowns.
But Miller's experience and his athletic ability made him a natural choice to take over the Eagles' spread offense.
"We had to take a look at what was best for the team," Egg Harbor coach Tony DeRosa said. "We want the ball in one of our best athlete's hands."
Many of the skills that made Miller a top receiver should translate to quarterback.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Miller is fast. He qualified for the outdoor track and field Meet of Champions in the 400-meter dash last spring.
Miller is adjusting to the change.
"I'm getting use to it," he said. "Earlier I wasn't having too much fun. When things go right, it's fun. It's not so much fun if you're struggling a bit."
Egg Harbor has plenty of talent and that should smooth Miller's transition. Running back Tejay Johnson is a Division I college prospect. Stephan Thomas is a budding standout at running back, and Zach Agostino is one of the region's best fullbacks.
"I have good support," Miller said. "I don't have to make all the plays. It's not solely on me."
But there is no denying the difference between quarterback and receiver. A quarterback has much greater effect on the game than a receiver.
"I could catch no balls last year, and we could win," Miller said. "I could catch 10 balls, and we could we lose."
Miller is in for a lot more scrutiny this season. He caught an average of four passes per game last season. He will touch the ball on every play this season.
"I have to be ready to make the plays," he said.
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