The New Mexico Bowl hadn't been over for more than an hour before Terrence Miller's cell phone rang.
His mom, Diane, was on the other line and she was frantic. The Arizona Wildcats just beat Nevada 49-48 and No. 18, usually owned by Miller, caught the winning touchdown.
"She was like, 'You're not supposed to play. What are you doing?' " Miller said.
It was actually fellow receiver Tyler Slavin who caught the winning score. He wore No. 18 after his No. 11 jersey ripped. It didn't help that the ESPN announcers also thought it was Miller.
"I actually got a lot of Tucson love for that and I had to redirect it to Tyler Slavin," Miller said. "I hope this year it will really be me."
That's the goal for Miller, who is seeking a medical redshirt for his 2012 season, where he battled shoulder and foot injuries and missed eight games.
The UA hasn't gotten official word that Miller will be cleared for 2013, but the school feels optimistic he'll be on the field.
That will be a good thing for the Wildcats. Miller (6 feet, 4 inches and 226 pounds) caught 13 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns before injuries hit. He has 55 career catches and more than 600 yards. He's big and physical and creates mismatches for opposing defenses.
"He's a smart and tough guy and I think he's going to be one of the real leaders of this team," coach Rich Rodriguez said.
The Star chatted with Miller about his injuries, his playing future and his versatility.
What has it been like practicing this spring without knowing for sure if you will be cleared for this season?
A: "It's been a little tough, but I've trusted my coaches and they keep telling me to work hard and it's going to come back in my favor. When I'm out here every day, I don't even really think about it."
Do you think you will be eventually cleared?
A: "I understand the rules and how everything works with medical redshirts, so yeah, I do feel pretty good about it. I qualify. It's all a matter of them pushing the paperwork through. I really think the only way I don't get it is if they're tired of seeing me in the Pac-12."
How frustrating was last season with the various injuries?
A: "I felt like I had so much going and I was so ready and had my goals set and everything. And then it just got ripped up right from under me. But I was still able to support my team in another way. I got to stand on the sidelines and help out my younger receivers."
You've been working a little at tight end this spring. How has that been going for you?
A: "It's been fun. Never in my life have I played that position. That was actually the intention of me coming to Arizona. They wanted me to play tight end when I came here as a freshman. But it didn't end up working out that way and I ended up in the slot. It's fun having a little versatility to my game. I can play X receiver, slot receiver and some tight end. I'll never come out of the game, so the more snaps the better.
"I like the fact that when Coach Rod looks at me, I feel like he can put me anywhere he wants and he knows I'm going to bust my butt and get the job done."
• March 29: 7 p.m., scrimmage at Phoenix College
• April 13: 1 p.m., spring game at Kindall/Sancet Stadium
Carey's pretrial hearing postponed
Ka'Deem Carey's pretrial hearing on charges of disorderly conduct and assault has been postponed to April 23 at the defense's request.
Carey was expected to appear in Tucson City Court on Wednesday morning, but never did. Instead, his lawyer and a city prosecutor huddled in the downtown courtroom for several minutes.
Both then exited without comment.
City prosecutor Baird Greene later said the defense asked for more time to investigate the charges, which stem from an incident between Carey and his pregnant ex-girlfriend in December. Carey's lawyer also wants to interview the police officers involved, Greene said.
Carey, the Wildcats' star running back and reigning national rushing champ, has been practicing with the team during spring drills. He's expected to be on the field when the Wildcats work out at 3:40 p.m. today.
Wednesday's postponement marks the third time Carey's pretrial hearing has been rescheduled.
Contact reporter Daniel Berk at email@example.com or 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk