April 29, 2012
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Former Cal tight end Anthony Miller has agreed to terms on an undrafted free agent contract with the Denver Broncos. The two-time honorable mention all-conference selection played in 46 games with 34 starts in four seasons at Cal from 2008-11, compiling totals of 64 receptions for 774 yards and five touchdown catches, the first of which came on his first career reception as a freshman in 2008 and provided the winning score late in the fourth quarter of a 24-17 Emerald Bowl victory over Miami, Fla. Miller added 778 all-purpose yards (774 receiving, four kick return) and two tackles.
Miller had 24 catches for 263 yards and a career-high three touchdown receptions as a senior to earn his second honorable mention all-conference selection from the Pac-12's coaches. He also earned the team's Pappy Waldorf Coaches Award on offense, starting all 13 contests and catching at least one pass in 12 games. In addition, Miller was credited with the first kick return of his career for four yards to give him 267 all-purpose yards. He was twice an honorable mention selection for the College Football Performance Awards' Tight End Performer of the Week after a career-high-tying five catches for a season-high 67 yards at UCLA and the first two-touchdown reception game of his career at Colorado.
Miller played in all 12 games with 11 starts as a junior, contributing 13 receptions for 152 receiving yards and a touchdown catch that came on a 45-yard reception from Brock Mansion at Oregon State and was the longest of his career. He earned honorable mention Tight End Performer of the Week honors from the CFPA after catching a season-high-tying three passes for 53 yards against the Beavers. Miller also had a season-high-tying three catches for a season-high 57 yards receiving at Nevada, including a 32-yard reception from Kevin Riley.
Miller tallied career highs of 26 receptions for 357 yards as a sophomore to rank third on the team in both categories and earn his first honorable mention all-conference selection. He played in 11 contests with 10 starts and recorded at least one catch in each of the last 10 contests he played in after being shut out in the season opener against Maryland.
Miller saw action in 10 games all off the bench as a true freshman, primarily as a backup tight end and on special teams. His one catch came on Cal's last offensive play of the year — a two-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nate Longshore with 2:41 left in the Emerald Bowl for the game-winning score in the Bears' 24-17 victory over Miami, Fla.
Six former Cal players were selected in the 2012 draft that concluded Saturday including second-round picks in offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns — No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles — No. 46 overall), third-round punter Bryan Anger (Jacksonville Jaguars — No. 70 overall), fifth-round wide receiver Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals — No. 166 overall), and seventh round defensive back D.J. Campbell (Carolina Panthers — No. 216 overall) and defensive lineman Trevor Guyton (Minnesota Vikings, No. 219 overall).
Additional announcements of former Cal players agreeing to terms on undrafted free agent contracts are expected soon but will not be made until official announcements by the NFL team.