UC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for October
By: Michelle Hausman
Photos by: Athletics Department
Named to the 2013 Lou Groza Award Watch List, Tony Miliano, a kicker for the Men’s Bearcat Football Team, maintains an impressive 3.7 grade point average. His dedication to score the points on the field and in the classroom has earned him the title of UC Scholar Athlete of the Month for October.
Tony Miliano from Northbend, Ohio chose to come to the University of Cincinnati because he’s always been a big Bearcat fan. “A lot of it was about the athletics and I knew they had a great academic reputation. I also think the campus is really great and it’s close to home which is a plus for me.” Miliano has recently been named to the Lou Groza Award watch list based on statistics from the 2012 season and 2013 expectations. The Award is named for the National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou Groza who led the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.
As a freshman, Miliano played in all 13 games and made 17 of 25 field goals. He hit his longest field goal of the year of 48 yards 3 different times and recorded 98 total points. On September 22nd, 2011, Miliano was successful on 5 out of 5 extra points along with 3 out of 3 field goals against NC State, one of which was his season long 48 yards. When asked about his athletic personal best, he says, “My favorite memory is Pittsburgh two years ago when we won 26-23 and I had a pretty solid game.” During this game, Miliano hit 4 out of 4 field goals and 2 out of 2 extra points including a 41 yarder early in the 4th quarter that ended up being the game winner. Miliano recalls, “Just seeing all of the work from the off season up to that point come into play really helped the team out and it was a great time for me.”
In the 2012 season, Miliano started the season with 4 for 4 on point after tries and 2 for 2 on field goal attempts against Pittsburgh on September 6th. He made all 4 PAT’s at Louisville, hit a 47-yard field goal, made both point after attempts vs. Toledo and also made all 7 point after attempts for the second consecutive game vs. Fordham. Following their game vs. Miami on October 6th, Miliano was named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week. He was 2 for 2 on field goals and finished 5 for 5 on extra points against Syracuse on November 3rd and finished the season 4 for 4 on extra points against Temple on November 10th.
Regarding his academic achievements, Tony says, “Just being a part of both football and academics is a pretty big achievement for me. Trying to keep a good GPA is important and I’m proud of doing both.” Tony is dual majoring in Real Estate and Finance in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business with a 3.7 GPA. His favorite thing about his major is working with numbers and the people and atmosphere in the COB. He says he gets to do what he enjoys while being around people who are really fun to be around. One of the best experiences of his education is his sales class in the UC Ticket Office where he works about 9 hours a week while gaining academic credit for it. After graduation, he hopes to continue his football career or start a business career here at UC because he loves being a part of this community.
Son of Donna and Chris Miliano, Tony attended Elder High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com and was named First-Team all-Ohio in 2008 and 2009 which makes him the only Elder player to be named all-Ohio twice. His 107 points that he scored in 2008 was the second-highest total in Ohio high school history. Tony had 59 touchbacks and 42 kicks longer than 65 yards and 9 kicks longer than 70 yards.