Darrian Miller is getting a second chance at the University of Kansas.

Darrian Miller is getting a second chance at the University of Kansas.

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis announced Tuesday that Miller, a former Blue Springs running back and Missouri’s all-time big-class rushing leader, has signed a grant-in-aid and is rejoining the Jayhawk program.

Miller played his freshman year at KU and was the Jayhawks’ second-leading rusher with 559 yards and four touchdowns on 136 carries. But he was dismissed from the team for off-the-field issues after Weis replaced Turner Gill in the offseason.

“After talking to Coach Weis, we have decided to try to get this right,” Miller said in a statement released by KU. “Coach Weis is giving me an opportunity to rejoin the Kansas football team with stipulations. When I left Kansas after the 2011 season, I was in good academic standing. I was dismissed I was dismissed for off the field issues that I take full accountability for. I made mistakes as a freshman that not only led to my dismissal, but hurt the Kansas football team. I regret this happened, but I have learned a great life lesson during this ordeal.”
Miller (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) spent the 2012 season at Butler Community College but did not appear in any games. He will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall.

“We constantly research special situations concerning transfer students,” Weis said. “Each situation is unique. Occasionally through our due diligence, we find a player who fits. This was the case with both Darrian and Nick (Harwell) (a wide receiver transfer from Miami of Ohio). We believe both young men are prepared to thrive at Kansas on and off the field.”

Miller was one of the few bright spots on the field for KU during a 2-10 season in 2011. He rushed for more than 50 yards six times, and picked up 147 yards on 24 attempts in a 31-30 overtime loss to Baylor.

Although the Jayhawks went just 1-11 last year, their backfield could be a point of strength in 2013 as Miller joins a group that includes 1,000-yard rusher James Sims and Tony Pierson, who tallied 760 yards last season and averaged 6.5 yards per carry.

“My only goal now is to help Coach Weis return Kansas football to respectability,” Miller said. “I am ready to work hard to be a contributing factor to the program. I am looking forward to joining the team as soon as possible and building up relationships with both my former and new teammates. It is now time to go to work. Rock Chalk.”

Miller led Blue Springs to a state-championship game appearance in his junior season in 2009 and finished with 6,565 career rushing yards. He was twice named The Examiner’s Offensive Player of the Year.