At 6-3 and 285 pounds, it is not difficult for Central DeWitt senior Cole Miller to stand out on the football field.
But it was the Saber’s play this fall that caught the attention of the rest of the state.
Miller was selected as an offensive lineman on the third team of the 3A all-state football team, which was announced by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association Tuesday.
Playing offensive tackle, Miller was a key cog in a Central DeWitt attack that generated over 2,700 yards of total offense.
Specifically, that included 1,434 yards on the ground and 1,274 yards through the air, making the Sabers one of just 14 3A teams to eclipse both 1,400 rushing yards and 1,200 passing yards.
Miller, who also had 22 tackles, including 11 solo stops and four tackles for loss, on the defensive side of the ball, was one of 15 players from 3A District 4 to bring home all-state honors.
State champion North Scott had six players named to the team, while Davenport Assumption had five and Dubuque Wahlert three.
Four teams from Northeast’s district, 1A District 5, were represented on the 1A team, including first-team defensive line selection Jeff Bowie of West Branch.
He was one of two Bears honored. Beckman Catholic and Cascade also had two players named to the team, while Durant had one.