South Carolina Football: Former Gamecock signs first NFL contract

South Carolina football alum Dante "Turbo" Miller signed a contract with the New York Giants on Friday.
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South Carolina football fans were very interested in several Gamecocks' performances at the team's Pro Day back in March. Names like Spencer Rattler, Xavier Legette, Trey Knox, and Marcellas Dial all expect to hear their names called in April's NFL Draft, and wide receiver Ahmarean Brown is one of the fastest players in the country who posted a blazing 40-yard dash time.

However, an unexpected name caught the eye of fans and NFL organizations.

Dante "Turbo" Miller, who transferred to the South Carolina football program from Ivy League program Columbia, didn't play in 2023 after having his appeal for a 2nd year in garnet and black denied by the NCAA. However, he participated in the Pro Day and had an elite testing day.

Miller ran a blistering 4.27 in the 40-yard dash, bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times, and posted a vertical jump number of 37".

Miller had said that he was hoping to catch on with an NFL team with his performance, and it turns out that he did. On Friday, Dante Miller and the New York Giants agreed to terms on a contract, pending a physical.

Miller did not factor much into the running back rotation during his time as a Gamecock, but he was an All-Ivy League performer as a Columbia Lion. He was a major special teams contributor for both teams, though, and his elite combination of speed and compact strength served well on coverage units.

In the NFL, Miller certainly will get a chance to show the Giants that he can help in the "3rd phase of the game," but it wouldn't be a shock if the speedy back could find his way onto the field on offense in certain packages, as well.

Miller is a very intelligent person (duh, he was on an Ivy League scholarship), but that intelligence transferred to his game. When he was ineligible to play this past season, he helped out the team as a student coach and was able to stay in shape by working out with the program.

Because he did not play in 2023, Miller was eligible for a free agent contract, and he will report to the Giants as soon as he goes through his medical evaluations.

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