CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Although quiet, former Virginia All-American and Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl tight end Heath Miller carries a lot of weight in his voice speaking to a young crop of Cavalier tight ends.

"He's taught us a ton," senior tight end Grant Misch said of Miller. "He's been out probably five or six practices and just kind of stands off to the side and watch and then when we jog off he'll whisper in our ear something, something to coach us up. It's been phenomenal having him there."

Miller has sat in on meetings and watched drills this spring on an invite from new UVA offensive coordinator Des Kitchings, who is also coaching the tight ends. A former teammate of wide receivers coach Marques Hagans, Miller stopped in before spring practice to meet the new coaching staff and Kitchings said Miller "ran with" the invitation to be around his alma mater.

"Talk about having a guy of that caliber that profile of a player here at the University of Virginia and his NFL career, he lives here locally, wants to be around ball," Kitchings said. "Hey come on buddy, I'd love to have you."

When Miller wore the V-sabre, Virginia garnered a reputation as "Tight End U." In recent years the Cavaliers have produced a couple of NFL-caliber tight ends with Tony Poljan, currently a member of the Baltimore Ravens on a reserve/future contract, and first-team All-ACC selection Jelani Woods, who is considered by some to be the top tight end prospect in next week's NFL Draft.

Misch, the most experienced option returning at tight end, played a complementary role to both Poljan and Woods in recent seasons. The senior has mostly been used in blocking situations with only five career catches for 26 yards and two touchdowns, although both were game-winning scores against North Carolina and Louisville. After playing behind two standout tight ends and learning from both Miller and Kitchings, who spent a season with the Atlanta Falcons before coming to UVA, Misch and the other tight ends have a wealth of NFL pedigree to learn from.

"Jelani's been coming around a lot, so we've had a lot of NFL caliber coaches and players and future players and it's been really nice," Misch said. "Fun spring to learn from guys that have done it at the highest level."

Not surprisingly, Kitchings is using his tight ends in a pro-style, while having the group work at both a Y-tight end and H-back spot. Misch says himself, Mike Kosar and Jack Witmer are mainly working at the Y spot, while Sackett Wood, Josh Rawlings and Henry Duke are at the H-back, but players are also cross-training at both spots.

Kitchings says the role of the tight end will depend on matchups next season, but between Kitchings and Miller's NFL "wisdom" the UVA tight ends will be prepared for whatever comes.

"If I'm a tight end and this guy is hanging out in my meeting and is out at practice and watching me do all my individual drills, he may have a nugget for you," Misch said. "What's a better resource than Heath Miller?"