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Bobcats receiver helps Nelson’s air game

Byron Nelson's Tyler Milliken (11) makes a 28-yard reception despite tight coverage by Denton Ryan's Alan Rojas (4) in the first half of last week’s game.
Byron Nelson's Tyler Milliken (11) makes a 28-yard reception despite tight coverage by Denton Ryan's Alan Rojas (4) in the first half of last week’s game. Special to the Star-Telegram

The Byron Nelson football team has been able to move the ball through the air pretty effectively this season, and a big part of the reason why is the play of receiver Tyler Milliken.

The Bobcats wideout has 306 yards receiving on the season and a touchdown reception, and coach Brian Polk said he has made some big plays this year for the team.

“He is a rangy kid with great hands,” Polk said. “He is faster than people think he is because of his long stride, and he is just a junior as well and will continue to get better.”

Polk said that another great thing about Milliken is that he is and unselfish player who is willing to go wherever he is needed.

“He had a great spring last year that allowed us to move Dan Ngoy, who started at outside receiver in 2014, to inside receiver,” Polk said. “This has been a big help for us in being able to have viable options at all four wide receiver positions this year.”

Milliken said that he wants to be the sort of teammate that other players can rely on and who does whatever he possibly can do to help his team win football games.

“I try to work my hardest and do my best every time I step onto the field,” Milliken said. “I feel like we have a lot more leadership on this years team. We've got a good offensive line and our passing game is a lot better. We struggled last year, but I feel like people are stepping up this year and doing good things on both sides of the ball.”

Milliken said he does have some objectives for the 2015 football season.

“Personally, I would like to be an all-district player,” Milliken said. “As a team, I would like us to win district and make a run in the playoffs.”

Milliken said that football is his great passion in life and said when the sport is in season, it is pretty much all he is involved with outside of the school.

The Nelson junior said for his team to have a successful season and make the playoffs, it will take a couple of things from the team.

“I feel like we need to know what the person in front of you is doing and trying to do and have to execute what our coaches teach us,” Milliken said.

▪  Northwest (0-5, 0-2 in district) hosts Keller Central (2-3, 0-2) at 7 p.m. Friday at NISD Stadium.

Milliken's Favorites

  • Favorite Athlete: Julio Jones
  • Favorite Sports Team: Dallas Cowboys
  • Favorite Food: Chicken strips
  • Favorite Movie: The Sandlot
  • Favorite TV Show: Beyond Scared Straight
  • Last Book Read: David and Goliath
  • Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Drake
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