MANHATTAN — There are many reasons for an opposing coach to notice Texas A&M junior Von Miller.
For starters, Miller leads the nation with nine sacks and is so good at getting to the quarterback that Aggies coach Mike Sherman doesn't play him at linebacker or defensive end exclusively. Instead, Miller moves between the two and is listed at the hybrid "Jack" position.
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder knows all of that, but what impressed him about Miller was a play he saw him make while watching game video.
"The guy is maybe even more amazing than I thought," Snyder said. "He's an inside rusher against extra points and field goals and... I swear that he rushed a field-goal attempt by going between a blocker's legs. That's exactly the way it looks on tape. He goes directly between the guy's legs and comes up and almost blocks a field goal."
Snyder is telling his offensive line to know where Miller is at all times tonight when the Wildcats play host to Texas A&M.
"He's the best pass rusher in the nation," K-State quarterback Grant Gregory said.
At 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Miller does not possess exceptional size. But he makes up for that with his speed and versatility.
Sherman said Miller's best trait was being able to do something different on any given play.
"I think he's elevated his game to another level," Sherman said. "He's worked real hard on the pass-rush technique. We try to create situations where he would have an opportunity to get singled up on a blocker."
Snyder doesn't want that to happen against his blockers.
"Everyone is impressed with Von Miller," Snyder said. "Our team doesn't have nine sacks this year (it has six), let alone one guy. There is certainly some talent there."