Steven Miller is in a familiar role. He is in Lions training camp, undrafted and with no guarantees.

It was the same when he was a speedy, pint-sized running back in high school in Piscataway, N.J. No four-year school wanted him. That is why he played two seasons at Nassau Community College in New York.

When he finished there, no BCS conference school was interested in him. So he ended up at Appalachian State.

Do you know how the Lions discovered Miller? They were in town scouting punter Sam Martin, their eventual fifth-round pick. But when they saw Miller run and jump 43 inches into the air, they offered him a free-agent contract.

The long and winding road that led to Allen Park does not matter to Miller. He was just happy to be standing on the edge of the Lions practice field following a recent workout with a chance for a job.

He is listed at 5-foot-7 and 172 pounds, and once again Miller must overcome his size and prove he is worthy.

"I don't look at size," Miller said. "I look up to guys like (Saints running back) Darren Sproles. With guys like that size does not mean anything when it comes to football. If you have the talent, you have the talent. Sometimes it just takes a little more time for others to get to know you because I did not go to any big schools. I did not break any records. I am just trying to do the best I can do and show these coaches I can play in this league."

Miller said it does not anger him that he continues to be overlooked.

"It is more frustration," he said. "I channel all that into motivation. Anything that bothers me in football, because I have such a passion for it, I channel it into motivation. It makes me work that much harder to get on the field."

The folks at Appalachian State believe the Lions got a steal in Miller. Many believed he could have played in the SEC. But his size blocked him.