Lonyae Miller

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Lonyae Miller
No. 35, 36
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1988-04-29) April 29, 1988 (age 31)
Los Angeles, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Fontana (CA) Kaiser
College:Fresno State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Lonyae Durell Miller, Jr. (born April 29, 1988) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and the Baltimore Ravens. He played college football at Fresno State University.

Early years[edit]

Miller was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Fontana, located in neighboring San Bernardino County.[1][2] He graduated from Henry J. Kaiser High School of Fontana in 2006. As a senior, he rushed for 2,567 yards (fourth in the state) on 277 carries, scored 34 touchdowns, while receiving third-team All-state, All-CIF Southern Section and Sunkist League Offensive MVP honors. He also played defensive back, registering 19 tackles and 2 interceptions.

Miller's father, Lonyae Miller Sr., has been a special education teacher in the Fontana Unified School District.[3] He competed in track & field as a sprinter, recording personal-best times of 10.7 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.9 seconds in the 200 meters.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Lonyae Miller
Fontana, California Henry J. Kaiser HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 4.53 Dec 18, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 72
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 92 (school)   Rivals: 38 (RB); 63 (CA); 75 (school)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2006 Fresno St. Football Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  • "2006 Fresno State College Football Team Recruiting Prospects". Scout.com. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  • "Fresno State Bulldogs 2006 Player Commits". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  • "2006 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 17, 2013.

College career[edit]

Miller played on the Fresno State University Bulldogs football team from 2006 to 2009. As a true freshman he appeared in 10 games and was second on the team with 288 rushing yards on 54 carries with 2 touchdowns. The next year, he started 8 games, rushing for 624 yards (third on the team) on 132 carries and scored 7 touchdowns.

As a junior, he rushed for 844 yards (second on the team) on 120 carries (6.8 yards avg.) and scored 7 touchdowns. As a senior, he was a backup behind Ryan Matthews and his production dropped to 367 rushing yards (third on the team) on 68 carries (5.2 yards avg.), with 9 receptions for 38 yards.

Miller ran for 2,062 yards on 374 carries and 20 touchdowns in his four seasons. He also made 14 receptions for 91 yards.[4]

Professional career[edit]

2010 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
221 lb
(100 kg)
30 34 in
(0.78 m)
8 78 in
(0.23 m)
4.53 s 1.55 s 2.60 s 4.54 s 7.20 s 36.5 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
26 reps
All values from the NFL Scouting Combine.[5][6]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Miller went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft and was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys.[7] He was waived on September 4, but was signed to the practice squad a day later. After Marion Barber suffered a calf injury, he was promoted to the active roster on December 3, to be the team's third-string running back and play on special teams.[8] He was waived on September 3, 2011.

Oakland Raiders[edit]

On December 7, 2011, he was signed by the Oakland Raiders to their practice squad. He was released on August 31, 2012.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On September 27, 2012, he was signed by the Seattle Seahawks to the practice squad. He was cut by the team on October 2.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

On December 18, 2012, he was signed by the Baltimore Ravens to the practice squad. He was released on May 3, 2013.


  1. ^ "Lonyae Miller". NFL. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Lonyae Miller". Fresno State Bulldogs. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  3. ^ "Fontana Unified School District" (PDF). Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "Lonyae Miller". sports-reference.com/cfb. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  5. ^ "Lonyae Miller". NFL Draft Scout. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "Lonyae Miller Combine Results". NFL. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "17 Undrafted Rookies Agree To Terms". Dallascowboys.com. 2010-04-25. Archived from the original on 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  8. ^ "What it means: Cowboys add running back to active roster. He was released". Dallas News. 2010-12-03. Archived from the original on 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2010-12-03.