Injuries can derail an athlete’s career, but Florida Gators’ quarterback Jack Miller is determined to fight back after his recent injury setback. The redshirt sophomore QB broke his thumb in his throwing hand during fall drills in 2022 but managed to recover and make his first career start in a bowl game. Miller is now back to full fitness ahead of the upcoming season and competing for the starting QB job with Max Brown and Graham Mertz.
Despite their competition for the starting spot, Miller and Brown have been enjoying the challenge of the competition. “We both embrace it, and Max (Brown) as well. We all love to compete, so it’s been a really fun spring so far,” Miller said. The Ohio State transfer had a tougher time than most recovering from his injury, as a fragment of his bone chipped off with the torn UCL. However, Miller persevered and regained strength in his throwing hand by practicing with a youth football for four weeks.
Miller’s first start against Oregon State in the bowl game wasn’t ideal, with his makeshift offensive line missing All-American guard O’Cyrus Torrence. Miller was sacked four times but completed 13 of 22 passes for 180 yards. Despite the tough outing, he has used it as motivation for the upcoming season. “It was just a good experience for me, I think…It really fueled me this offseason. I’ve been (upset) about it since it happened, so making sure it won’t happen again,” said Miller.
With the competition for the QB job still unsettled, it’s an important time for Miller to make his case for the starting spot. It’s unclear who will end up starting for the Gators, but Miller is looking to build on his first career start and push himself to the limit. It’s clear that Miller has the determination and grit to overcome setbacks, and Florida fans can’t wait to see what he will achieve next.