*Dee Milliner    CB        Alabama    A junior with an excellent combination of size, speed (4.37) and length, he has the versatility and experience to play inside in sub-packages and on the edge with production. Smooth, upright peddle with good feet and hip flex to flip, burst and mirror receiver in short, intermediate routes. Nonetheless, he finds himself in trail mode too often; peeks at quarterback drop zone and loses receiver in route in several games viewed. A zone defender who prefers open bale technique, Milliner can allow too much separation and receivers to run past him; suddenness and closing speed do not match timed speed, despite being sound in technique. Good FBI (football instincts) and read reaction quickness, with awareness of both ball and receiver to compete at the highest point with ball skills and PBU (passes broken up) production. An aggressive corner on force whose explosive tackling skills couple with arrows through snow (chop tackler) in tight and open space. Flashed double arm bar separation and is aggressive to shed. Is an effective blitzer – but not trained killer. Milliner is a versatile corner, though all of his 2011 starts came from the inside alignment in sub-packages. This corner has all of the positional attributes and skill set, with upside, to develop into a good pro. He also represents an outstanding gunner on special teams. Softli – First-round talent/top 10 pick.

 

DEMARCUS “Dee” MILLINER

Cornerback

University of Alabama Crimson Tide

#28

5:11.6-201

Millbrook, Alabama

Stanhope Elmore High School

 

OVERVIEW

Trying to further impress upon teams that he is the cream of the crop at the cornerback position, Milliner was determined that he was going to perform in the agility tests at the NFL Scouting Combine. His right shoulder labrum surgery would have to wait until he left Indianapolis, the player thought, as this was his opportunity to further cement his pedigree after a sensational 2012 campaign.

 

Milliner’s entire game plan has always been to accept any challenge placed in front of him and to tackle the task at hand the only way he knows how – with his team’s success first and foremost. In the Southeastern Conference, the field cornerback has always been the defender to match up with the opponent’s best pass catcher, and this league is blessed with excellent wide receivers to do battle with.

 

As many as six conference receivers should hear their names called during the first two days of the NFL Draft. None of those have much to show on their resumes when facing off vs. Milliner and the Crimson Tide secondary. In the three seasons that the junior has suited up for Alabama, the Tide ranked five in the nation in total defense (286.38 ypg) during his first season.

 

As a sophomore, Milliner would see action at both field and boundary cornerback, with his assigned task to take on the biggest receiver on the field. That game plan proved to be a total success, as the Tide captured their second national championship in two years, thanks to a unit that led the nation in total defense (183.62 ypg), scoring defense (8.15 ppg) and pass defense (111.46 ypg).

 

The key contributor was #28, who broke up nine pass attempts, picked off three others, returning one for a touchdown, as his other two thefts led to scoring drives. Just 18.91% of passes targeted into (14-of-74) were completed and none for more than twelve yards during the 2011 campaign. Alabama would capture another national championship in 2012, as their defense, and particularly Milliner, again rose to the occasion.

 

The cornerback defended 22 passes, tying two other players to lead the nation in that category. He deflected 20 of the 76 passes targeted into his area, set up a pair of scoring drives with two interceptions and allowed just thirteen completions (17.11%) as the Tide again led the nation in total defense (250.0 ypg) and scoring defense (10.93 ppg), along with finishing seventh vs. the pass (173.64 ypg).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever since Milliner first put on a football uniform at Stanhope Elmore High School, his coaches knew that he was destined for greatness. Even at age fourteen, he displayed exceptional quickness and opened the eyes of the staff when he produced a 40-inch vertical jump in 2006. He played on both sides of the ball and recorded 53 tackles, returning one interception for a score while also rushing for a touchdown.

 

Mustangs head coach Jeff Foshee remarked, “”It’s tough for a freshman to play, much less start at the 6A level. When he was fourteen, he was playing at the highest level you can play in the state. His first start, he intercepted the ball and ran it 40 yards for a touchdown vs. Auburn High. He’s been doing good things for us for a long time.”

 

As a sophomore, Milliner earned Montgomery Advertiser All-Metro honors in 2007. He started on both sides of the ball, lining up with the receiving unit in addition to handling safety chores. His junior season would see the defensive back garner serious attention from major college recruiters.

 

That year, Milliner was named Area Defensive Player of the Year and he was given Class 6A All-Metro first-team and All-State honorable mention as an athlete by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, in addition to receiving All-County accolades as a free safety from the Montgomery Advertiser.

 

Milliner finished the 2008 season with seven interceptions and returned two for touch-downs. He recorded 57 tackles (33 solos), returned two punts for touchdowns to go along with one kickoff returned for a score. The junior also rushed for over 500 yards as a tailback.

 

During his senior campaign, Milliner was considered to be one of the top prospects at any position. The Parade Magazine and EA Sports first-team All-American was regarded as a five-star prospect and rated the nation’s best cornerback by Scout.com and the second-best corner by ESPNU and Rivals.com. He ranked eleventh among all players in the 2010 class by Scout.com and 16th in the ESPNU 150 and 23rd in the Rivals100.

 

Milliner added Super Prep All-American, Mobile Press-Register Elite 18 and Super South-east 120 honors, and was rated the fifth-best cornerback in the country according to Tom Lemming. He was also named the top player back in the prep ranks, according to Super Prep and was a member of the Prep Star Dream Team member, along with being the top-rated player in the Birmingham News Super Senior postseason rankings.

 

Milliner was selected to the ESPN Under Armour All-America Game and played in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game after he made 71 tackles as a senior in 2009 while intercepting three passes and breaking up eight passes as opposing offenses chose to throw away for the talented defensive back. On the offensive side of the ball, he rushed for 487 yards on 51 carries (9.5 ypc) and seven touchdowns while totaling 107 receiving yards and one score.

 

Once he arrived at the University of Alabama, Milliner again wasted little time securing a starting position. He joined the first unit for the final eleven games, earning Freshman All-American honors in 2010, as he recorded 55 tackles with four stops for losses, an interception and seven pass deflections. Three times he earned team Defensive Player of the Week honors while playing the boundary cornerback position.

 

In his sophomore season, Milliner was the third cornerback in Alabama’s depth chart, behind Dre Kirkpatrick and DeQuan Menzie. He played in all thirteen games and started six, including in all nickel or dime situations. He had 27 tackles, and ranked second on the team with nine pass break-ups while leading the team with three interceptions that he returned for 72 yards.

 

Early in the season, vs. No. 23 Penn State, Milliner broke up a season-best three passes in the Tide’s 27-11 win. In the 2011 Iron Bowl vs. Auburn, he made a season-high six tackles with four solo stops. Milliner intercepted his third pass of the season early in the fourth quarter and returned it 35 yards for a game-clinching score.

 

With Kirkpatrick and Menzie leaving for the NFL after the 2011 season, Milliner was Alabama’s undisputed top cornerback in 2012. Apart from the Western Kentucky game, which he missed due to a strained hip flexor, he started all games of the season, and totaled 54 tackles with two interceptions and twenty pass deflections, which rank second on Alabama’s single-season list.

 

Milliner led the Southeastern Conference and tied for second in the nation with 1.69 passes defended per game, and twice totaled four pass break-ups in a contest (Michigan and Mississippi) plus three at Missouri. He was subsequently named a unanimous first-team All-American, while also being among the finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Jim Thorpe Award.

 

A torn labrum in Milliner’s right shoulder caused him to skip the NFL Scouting Combine’s bench press, but he completed all the other drills, as he was one of the fastest players among the 330-plus athletes in attendance, clocking 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He underwent right shoulder labrum surgery on March 12th, 2013, but doctors say he will be fully recovered in time for training camp.

 

CAREER NOTES

Milliner started 30-of-39 games for Alabama, seeing action at field, boundary and nickel cornerback…Recorded 136 tackles (89 solos) with 1.5 sacks for minus 11 yards, nine stops for losses of 38 yards and a quarterback pressure…Caused two fumbles and recovered another which he advanced 17 yards…Blocked a kick and had a 21-yard kickoff return…Gained 107 yards with a touchdown on six interception returns…Also deflected 36 passes, joining John Mangum (47; 1985-89) as the only Crimson Tide players to post at least 35 pass break-ups during a career.

 

2012 SEASON

Milliner was a unanimous first team All-American, along with being a unanimous All-Southeastern Conference first-team choice…Finalist for Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player of the year) and the Jim Thorpe Award (nation’s top defensive back), as the junior started all thirteen games he appeared in at the weak-side cornerback position…Defended 22 passes (twenty break-ups, two pass thefts), tying for the national lead…Gained 35 yards on a pair of interceptions, while his twenty deflections are topped by only John Mangum’s 24 in 1989 on the school’s season-record list…Finished fourth on the team with 54 tackles (34 solos), despite sitting out the Western Kentucky contest with a groin strain and a slight hip flexor…Posted 1.5 sacks among his four stops for losses of 19 yards…Blocked a kick, returned a fumble recovery 17 yards and caused one fumble…

Was a four-time defensive player of the week by the Alabama coaches (vs. Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee) … missed the Western Kentucky game due to injury. Selected as the Walter Camp, Bednarik, Thorpe and national player of the week (also SEC top defender for the week) after his performance vs. Michigan, with five tackles, four pass breakups and a 35-yard interception return…In Mississippi clash, he defended five passes, with four break-ups and one interception, as he also made three solo tackles and four total stops with half of a sack…Broke up three Missouri Tiger passes and made four tackles, as he had three solo stops and one tackle for loss (three yards), forced one fumble and helped limit the Tigers to 126 yards through the air…Earned Alabama defensive player of the Week honors for the second straight game vs. Tennessee, as he posted five tackles with four solo stops and broke up one Tyler Bray pass…In the Mississippi State clash, he registered three solo tackles and blocked a first field goal for the first time in his Alabama career on the Bulldogs first drive of the game…Made a season-high eight tackles, with five solo stops, as he recorded the first solo sack of his career, dropping the Tigers quarter-back for a loss of nine yards and matched a career-high with two tackles for loss (-14 yards) vs. Louisiana State…Recorded a career-best 10 tackles, with four solo stops vs. the Texas A&M Aggies, as he broke up a pass and was credited with half of a tackle for loss…

Delivered two tackles and returned a fumble 17 yards in the 49-0 Iron Bowl shutout of Auburn, as he also recorded two pass breakups…His play on the defensive side of the football was a key factor in the Tide’s 32-28 victory over the Bulldogs during the dramatic SEC Championship Game victory over Georgia, as he broke up two passes and made four tackles, including three solo stops. Milliner also had an interception overturned on Georgia’s final drive…Credited with a pair of third-down pass deflections and three tackles in a 42-14 rout of Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game.

 

2011 SEASON

Milliner was the Crimson Tide’s third cornerback in 2011, starting six games and seeing action in all thirteen contests, as he started in all nickel or dime situations. The sophomore would play on the outside with DeQuan Menzie moving inside to the `star’ position…He finished with 27 tackles, including 14 solo stops and one tackle for loss (-7 yards)…Was second on the team with nine pass deflections while leading the Crimson Tide with three interceptions that he returned for 72 yards…Returned his third interception of the season vs. Auburn for 35 yards and a touchdown to seal the victory…Finished tied for 55th nationally with 0.92 passes defended per game…Was also a standout on special teams, starting on the kickoff coverage team, where he registered eight solo tackles on special teams…Also returned one kickoff for 21 yards…Was named the UA coaches’ Special Teams Player of the Week following the Kent State game and a Defensive Player of the Week following the Auburn win…In the Kent State clash, he made four assisted tackles while helping the Crimson Tide defense limit the Golden Flashes to 90 total yards, as he also broke up a pass…Broke up a season-best three passes in the Tide’s 27-11 win over Penn State, as he posted two solo tackles and an assist and returned his first career kickoff for 21 yards…In the North Texas game, Milliner registered four tackles with two solo stops and broke up two more passes as the Mean Green managed just 101 yards through the air…Delivered two tackles with one solo stop and intercepted his first pass of the season vs. Arkansas. He also had one tackle for loss of seven yards, blowing up Joe Adams on a reverse…Picked off his second pass of the season in the fourth quarter and returned it 37 yards to setup an Alabama touchdown vs. Vanderbilt…Earned Alabama Defensive Player of the Week honors for his Iron Bowl performance, as he intercepted his third pass of the season early in the fourth quarter and returned it 35 yards for a game-clinching score, made a season-high six tackles with four solo stops and helped limit the Auburn Tigers to just 140 total yards through three quarters.

 

2010 SEASON

Milliner was a College Football News Freshman All-American and received Freshman All-Southeastern team honors from the league’s coaches…Appeared in all thirteen games, starting eleven while coming off the bench vs. San Jose State and Duke…Produced 55 tackles (41 solos), ranking fourth on the team…Added four stops for losses of 12 yards and one quarterback pressure…Caused a fumble, intercepted one pass and deflected seven others.

 

INJURY REPORT

2012 Season…Sat out the Western Kentucky game with a slight groin and hip flexor injuries…A torn labrum in Milliner’s right shoulder caused him to skip the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine’s bench press, but he completed all the other drills at the combine. He underwent surgery to repair in early March, 2013.

 

 

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.37 in the 40-yard dash…1.53 10-yard dash…2.50 20-yard dash…4.32 20-yard shuttle…

6.95 three-cone drill…36-inch vertical jump…10’2” broad jump…32-inch arm length…

8 ¾-inch hands…76 ¼-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Milliner attended Stanhope (Millbrook, Ala.) Elmore High School, playing football for head coach Jeff Foshee…Played on both sides of the ball as a freshman and recorded 53 tackles, returning one interception for a score while also rushing for a touchdown…As a sophomore, Milliner earned Montgomery Advertiser All-Metro honors in 2007, as he started on both sides of the ball, lining up with the receiving unit in addition to handling safety chores…That year, Milliner was named Area Defensive Player of the Year and he was given Class 6A All-Metro first-team and All-State honorable mention as an athlete by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, in addition to receiving All-County accolades as a free safety from the Montgomery Advertiser…Finished the 2008 season with seven interceptions and returned two for touchdowns…Recorded 57 tackles (33 solos), returned two punts for touchdowns to go along with one kickoff returned for a score…The junior also rushed for over 500 yards as a tailback…During his senior campaign, Milliner was considered to be one of the top prospects at any position…The Parade Magazine and EA Sports first-team All-American was regarded as a five-star prospect and rated the nation’s best cornerback by Scout.com and the second-best corner by ESPNU and Rivals.com… Ranked eleventh among all players in the 2010 class by Scout.com and 16th in the ESPNU 150 and 23rd in the Rivals100…Added Super Prep All-American, Mobile Press-Register Elite 18 and Super South-east 120 honors, and was rated the fifth-best cornerback in the country according to Tom Lemming…Also named the top player back in the prep ranks, according to Super Prep and was a member of the Prep Star Dream Team member, along with being the top-rated player in the Birmingham News Super Senior postseason rankings…Was selected to the ESPN Under Armour All-America Game and played in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game after he made 71 tackles as a senior in 2009 while intercepting three passes and breaking up eight passes, as opposing offenses chose to throw away for the talented defensive back…On the offensive side of the ball, he rushed for 487 yards on 51 carries (9.5 ypc) and seven touchdowns while totaling 107 receiving yards and one score.

 

PERSONAL

General Studies major…Born DeMarcus Milliner on 9/14/91…Resides in Millbrook, Alabama.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2010 13 11 055 041 014  00  01  01  4.0-12   07  0.0-00    01
2011 13 06 027 014 013  00  00  03  1.0-07   09  0.0-00    00
2012 13 13 054 034 020  01  01  02  4.0-19   20  1.5-11    00
TOTAL 39 30 136 089 047  01  02  06  9.0-38   36  1.5-11    01

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS ADVANCED FUMBLE RECOVERIES
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2010  01      000 00.00  00    00  00        00 00.00  00    00
2011  03      072 24.00  01    37  00        00 00.00  00    00
2012  02      035 17.50  00    35  01        17 17.00  00    17
TOTAL  06      107 17.83  01    37  01        17 17.00  00    17

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS…Blocked a field goal vs. Mississippi State in 2012…Returned a kickoff 21 yards vs. Penn State in 2011.

 

 

MILLINER GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Fum. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

BK

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Michigan 09/01/12 Michigan 41-14

Yes

1

35

0

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

Western Ky. 09/08/12 WKU 35-0

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 09/15/12 at Arkansas 52-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Fla. Atlantic 09/22/12 FAU 40-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ole Miss 09/29/12 Ole Miss 33-14

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

1

0

2

1

0

2

4

0

0

0

Missouri 10/13/12 at Missouri 42-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

0

1

3

0

0

0

3

1

0

0

Tennessee 10/20/12 at Tennessee 44-13

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 10/27/12 MSU 38-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

LSU 11/03/12 at LSU 21-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

5

0

2

14

0

1

9

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 11/10/12 TAMU 24-29

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Western Caro. 11/17/12 WCU 49-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 11/24/12 Auburn 49-0

Yes

0

0

0

1

17

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

Georgia 12/01/12 Georgia 32-28

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

Notre Dame 01/07/13 Notre Dame 42-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

Season Totals

2

35

0

1

17

0

20

34

2

3

19

1

1

11

20

1

0

1

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Kickoff
Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Kent St. 09/03/11 Kent St. 48-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Penn St. 09/10/11 at Penn St. 27-11

Yes

0

0

0

1

21

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

North Texas 09/17/11 North Texas 41-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Arkansas 09/24/11 Arkansas 38-14

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

7

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/01/11 at Florida 38-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 10/08/11 Vanderbilt 34-0

Yes

1

37

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ole Miss 10/15/11 at Ole Miss 52-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/22/11 Tennessee 37-6

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

LSU 11/05/11 LSU 6-9

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 11/12/11 at MSU 24-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Ga. Southern 11/19/11 Ga. Southern 45-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 11/26/11 at Auburn 42-14

Yes

1

35

1

0

0

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 01/09/12 LSU 21-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

3

72

1

1

21

0

13

14

0

1

7

0

0

0

9

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

San Jose St. 09/04/10 San Jose St. 48-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Penn St. 09/11/10 Penn St. 24-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Duke 09/18/10 at Duke 62-13

Yes

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 09/25/10 at Arkansas 24-20

Yes

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/02/10 Florida 31-6

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

South Carolina 10/09/10 at South Carolina 21-35

Yes

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi 10/16/10 Mississippi 23-10

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

Tennessee 10/23/10 at Tennessee 41-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

LSU 11/06/10 at LSU 21-24

Yes

0

0

0

4

3

0

1

3

0

0

0

1

0

0

Mississippi St. 11/13/10 Mississippi St. 30-10

Yes

0

0

0

5

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia St. 11/18/10 Georgia St. 63-7

Yes

1

0

0

0

4

0

2

4

0

0

0

1

0

0

Auburn 11/26/10 Auburn 27-28

Yes

0

0

0

1

8

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Michigan St. 01/01/11 Michigan St. 49-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

Season Totals

1

0

0

14

41

0

4

12

0

0

0

7

1

1

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