(MTN News – BOZEMAN) Matt Miller has spent the majority of his life on the receiving end of a football pass. The former Helena Capital star, fresh off his all-American days at Boise State, has joined Jeff Choate’s coaching staff at Montana State.

“It’s been good,” Miller said. “Shoot, it’s nice being back in the home state and being down the road from my parents and also working for a guy like Coach Choate. It’s very exciting. There is a lot of energy every day and I couldn’t be happier to be back in Bozeman.”

Miller is one of the finest high school football players to ever come out of Montana. He was the Gatorade player of the year for the Bruins in 2009. He enjoyed a decorated career at Boise State, earning freshman all-American honors and helping the Broncos to championships in two different leagues. He was also the most valuable player in the 2013 Hawaii Bowl.

Recurring ankle injuries ruined his shot at an NFL career so new Montana State coach Jeff Choate brought him back to Montana to share his knowledge with the Bobcat receivers.

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“I think that’s one of my greatest attributes right now, is I just got done playing,” he said. “I know what these guys are going through.  I know their class schedules are tough. The lifting and trying to eat right. So I’m able to relate to them a little bit better than some of these guys who have been out of playing for a while.”

Miller has quickly learned he has some talented athletes to work with.

“I like them a lot.  We have a lot of depth at that position,” he said. “(There are) a lot of different body types and they’re working hard.  Our goal is to get better every day, better than the previous day, I think we’re doing that so far and we’ve just got to keep grinding.”

The Bobcat receivers do grind. Each day on the practice field they go head to head with MSU’s defensive backs. They often win those one-on-one battles thanks to the skills they have learned from coach Matt Miller.

“I love it.  I love the game of football,” he said. “I wake up and I’m not really working. I’m doing what I love every day, and so, I couldn’t be happier for that, and I just want to keep doing it.”