Kansas football is welcoming back a familiar face in former starting running back Darrian Miller. Miller is of course the Blue Springs Missouri product that joined Kansas under Turner Gill and earned a starting position as a true freshman. Unfortunately the departure of Gill led to some attrition and at the time Miller was one of the players. The full story isn't really out there but it didn't necessarily seem to be an amicable separation. Whatever the case may be, that's in the past and Miller believes he has a future under Charlie Weis and he's owning every bit of what transpired.
"After talking to Coach Weis, we have decided to try to get this right. Coach Weis is giving me an opportunity to rejoin the Kansas football team with stipulations. When I left Kansas after the 2011 season, I was in good academic standing. I was dismissed for off the field issues that I take full accountability for. I made mistakes as a freshman that not only led to my dismissal, but hurt the Kansas football team. I regret this happened, but I have learned a great life lesson during this ordeal.
"Coach Weis has given me a rare opportunity. I get the chance to get this right. I am truly thankful for this opportunity and I intend to make the most of it. I realize that I am leaving Butler at a bad time and I want to thank Coach Troy Morrell for the opportunity he gave me there. Coach Morrell and his staff were an amazing help to me.
"My only goal now is to help Coach Weis return Kansas football to respectability. I am ready to work hard to be a contributing factor to the program. I am looking forward to joining the team as soon as possible and building up relationships with both my former and new teammates. It is time to go to work. Rock Chalk."
Miller spent this past season at Butler Community College and will be eligible to pay immediately. At face value this appears to be a player that has developed from the mental aspect of the game and hopefully caught up emotionally with the talent he's already shown from a physical perspective. The addition of Miller gives the Jayhawks an extremely stacked backfield with James Sims, Taylor Cox, Tony Pierson and now Darrian Miller. There shouldn't be a shortage of weapons for the Kansas offense if they can get all the pieces to fall into place.
"We constantly research special situations concerning transfer students. Each situation is unique. Occasionally through our due diligence we find a player who fits. This was the case with both Darrian and Nick (Harwell). We believe both young men are prepared to thrive at Kansas on and off the field." - Charlie Weis
The return of Miller is a positive for the future of the Kansas backfield. Miller had turned some heads during his time at Kansas and his time at Butler had also been productive. While he sat most of the season, there were several schools looking at Miller for the future, one of those was rumored to be in state rival Kansas State. Getting Miller back in a Kansas uniform means that Kansas adds a player to the backfield with three years of eligibility remaining and a back that has proven his productivity at the Big 12 level.
Kansas has become a school of second chances under Charlie Wies. After sitting a year and working with the Butler program, Darrian Miller will take his turn at a second chance and it's good to see the no nonsense approach by Charlie Weis providing accountability within the program and it's good to see players valuing that opportunity to grow.