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RB Miles uncertain final season will be with Gamecocks

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With Marcus Lattimore expected to be fully recovered from a torn ACL well before the start of the 2012 season, there likely won’t be many carries to divvy up in South Carolina’s backfield.

As a result, one of the backs who helped replace Lattimore’s production is in the process of deciding whether he wants to play his final season of college football elsewhere.

Kenny Miles‘ high school coach confirmed to the Charleston Post & Courier that the redshirt junior is considering a transfer from the Gamecocks.  While Mark Crew said “a week or so ago, he wasn’t really sure what he was going to do”, the presence of a healthy Lattimore will factor heavily into a decision that appears at the moment to be leaning toward a move.

“I think he’s appreciative of what South Carolina’s offered him, but I think maybe he might be entertaining the idea of going someplace else, if the opportunity presented itself,” Crews told the paper. “But I don’t know if he’s made a 100-percent decision one way or the other. I know he’s in a difficult situation because he’s a real good player and he’s playing behind a guy that’s a better player.

“What else can you say? I think that anybody in his situation might be at least interested in seeing what some of his other options are.”

If Miles wants to do something other than stand on the sidelines for his final season, a move to another program would make the most sense.  Prior to being injured in the seventh game of this year, Lattimore accounted for 395 of USC’s 562 non-quarterback carries (70.3 percent) since his freshman season in 2010.

Pre- and post-Lattimore injury offered a hint of what may await Miles in 2012.  Prior to the injury, Miles had just a single carry, with that coming in the season opener.  Following the Oct. 15 injury, Miles totaled 53 carries.

It’s unclear when Miles will make a final decision on his collegiate future, although Crew said “he wants to make sure that he’s got a safe place to land. He’s not going to leave just to be leaving.”

If Miles does decide to transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately regardless of where he lands; the redshirt junior received his degree from USC back in December, and thus would not be forced to sit out a transfer year as is normally mandated by the NCAA.

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9 Responses to “RB Miles uncertain final season will be with Gamecocks”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 21, 2012 7:54 AM

    I really don’t think that Lattimore will be 100% to start the season. He had a pretty bad leg injury and I would think, or at least that is what most of the opinions I read say, and these are from some orthopedic surgeons as well. If Spurrier has any sense, he will not over use Lattimore again, and have a third season where the kid is hobbled by the end of the year. Having said that, Spurrier just might use him up again, in quest of his first SEC Championship and the schools first. His quest to win the SEC championship has far out stripped his ability to do whatever he needs to get it done, regardless of how it could affect the athlete.
    I would think this young man could do a good job, splitting time with Lattimore a little, but like I said, you know Spurrier. Miles did just fine for them when Lattimore did go down. This is Lattimores last year at SC most likely, since he will get NFL stars in his eyes, so hopefully, he will not get hurt and cause himself any money.Equally hopeful, is that Spurrier will not use him to death and cause that injury.

  2. vols84 says: Jan 21, 2012 8:28 AM

    Highly unlikely that Spurrier would release Miles to another SEC East team, but his RB coach is now back with the Vols. We could use him.

  3. floridacock says: Jan 21, 2012 8:34 AM

    USC is LOADED at running back this year behind Lattimore. Very good young talent which will need to play. Kenny has been a great Gamecock and I hope he makes it to the next level, but I would hate to see him not get carries and waste a final year.
    And Lattimore did not get injured because he was overworked. H was blind sided while blocking. Could happen on the first or last play. Also Latti has already stated he wants to stay and graduate with his class. Of course, that could change, but doubtful. He is a very special player in SO many ways.

  4. thegamecocker says: Jan 21, 2012 9:56 AM

    Woebegone:
    Lattimore is the epitome of a true SCHOLAR-ATHLETE. Kenny Miles should be applauded for EARNING HIS DEGREE! NFL talent appraisers know a professional grade RB when they see one. If Miles is indeed in that class, than those folks will recognize it and act on it. IMO he would be wise to remain at SC because it is now a high-profile program and he has earned more carries. I definitely agree with your assessment that Coach Spurrier will want to alternate RB’s to prevent wear and tear on Lattimore and to save him for 4th Qtr when games are won/lost. I hope Kenny Miles stays at SC.

  5. woebegong says: Jan 21, 2012 10:12 AM

    There is no denying Lattimore is a great RB, and a good student, but I still believe Spurrier use him too much at times, and no matter how superb your condition, getting pounded by 300+ lb. guys eventually takes its toll. I always feel good when I see a student athlete graduate and Miles is a feel good story. I think it would be really great if Lattimore stayed the full 4 years as well, because he does represent the SEC very well. I would just like to see him, played a little more sparingly, so he can see what he would do with a full year on the field.
    This comes from a UGA fan, but more than anything, I appreciate good football, and with Lattimore in the game, you get that. I do believe though that Miles, is pretty decent himself, and if he is going to stay around after he has his degree, he deserves to see some time on the field. He is the definition of a good college kid. Either way, I wish him the best of luck in the coming field, be it at SC or someplace else.

  6. jonkybon says: Jan 21, 2012 10:22 AM

    vols84 says:
    Jan 21, 2012 8:28 AM
    Highly unlikely that Spurrier would release Miles to another SEC East team, but his RB coach is now back with the Vols. We could use him.
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    Since Miles graduated, he does not have to be released and can play for any Div 1 school this coming year. That said, I believe it would be foolish for the young man. No school is that desperate for a RB on a one year rental. He knows the system he’s in, which heavily features the RB. Lattimore has proven that Spurrier way over uses him and hasn’t lasted a full season. With Jeffries moving on early, the RBs will get even more work. So wherever Miles plays in 12, he will at best be second fiddle. Best for him to stay put.

  7. mrslay1 says: Jan 21, 2012 11:54 AM

    He has his degree, why should he stay at USC and set on the bench. He could start at many schools and with one year left why not PLAY football instead of doing all the work and watching someone else?

  8. thegamecocker says: Jan 21, 2012 12:34 PM

    Because he will gain more notoriety playing at SC and who is to say Marcus will be 100% when he returns? Based on his performance last season, Coach Spurrier will play him more & Spurrier is the type of man to reward performance. No question, Miles should remain at Carolina.

  9. bonnguyen says: Jan 21, 2012 3:35 PM

    Just a note, Lattimore was definitely overworked. He did not get injured running the ball or even with ball in hand. He was injured on a routine block as he was jamming up a defender, another defender was pushed into Lattimore’s blindside from the left and rolled his knee. Lattimore can carry the load!! At least he was able to before the injury. He got stronger as the game went on.

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