CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The dream of many kids growing up is to be the standout quarterback on the football team.
Nathan Miller is no different.
Miller has played the position at Sissonville off and on throughout his first three seasons, but for his upcoming senior season, is getting handed over the keys to drive the Indian offense.
The 17-year old Miller will get the opportunity full time at quarterback to lead Sissonville when the Indians open up their season on Friday, Aug. 30, at Chapmanville.
"When I came in as a freshman, I was hoping to play quarterback," Miller said. "My dreams are coming true. I'm really excited and I'm really looking forward to it."
Miller replaces Austin Crawford, who graduated, and is now playing college football at Glenville State.
The two platooned at quarterback two seasons ago, and even though Crawford won the position and was the full-time starter last year, an injury forced him to miss a game. Miller took over the Indian offense in his absence.
As a sophomore, Miller was 30-of-76 passing and threw for 640 yards. He threw five touchdowns opposed to four interceptions.
Miller anticipates the experience he gained as a sophomore and in the game last year as a junior will help prepare him for his new role this season with the Indians.
"I have played quarterback on and off," Miller said. "It's not that big of a change. It helps me out big time to have that experience. There's usually nerves when you go to a new position, but I've already got that out of the way."
Miller played wide receiver last season and took it all in stride.
"I wasn't that disappointed," Miller said. "Austin was the quarterback, and he was a great quarterback. I've been put in many different positions and whatever I could do to help the team, I was all about. Receiver was a thing I could do to help out, so I did it."
Miller made the most out of his time last season at wide receiver, turning in an impressive year. He would have been one of the top returning receivers in the state in Class AA at the position had he stayed there instead of changing to quarterback.
Last season, Miller caught 39 passes for 481 yards for 12.3 yards per catch average, and scored eight touchdowns.