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Kenny Miles still uncertain about a return to Gamecocks

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Nearly a month after his high school coach confirmed a transfer was a possibility, Kenny Miles is still weighing whether his final season of college football will be played at South Carolina or elsewhere.

According to a tweet over the weekend from The State‘s Josh Kendall, the running back is still uncertain whether he will return to the Gamecocks for his senior season.  Miles said he will make his final decision prior to the start of spring practice, which begins March 12.

If Miles does decide to transfer from USC, he will be eligible to play immediately this season as he graduated in December.

The reason for Miles considering a transfer is a relatively simple one: playing time.  Prior to Marcus Lattimore going down to a season-ending ACL injury in mid-October, Miles had just one carry.  Post-injury, Miles carried the ball 53 times in six games, including 21 carries in the regular season finale against Clemson and 15 in the bowl win over Nebraska.

For his career, Miles has rushed for 982 yards and two touchdowns.

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  1. woebegong says: Feb 20, 2012 8:17 AM

    Seems like a pretty easy decision to me. If you want to have a chance to play a reasonable amount of time, unless Lattimore gets hurt, he will not play very much. If he goes to a school that needs a RB with experience, his chances to play will be better. Spurrier is not going to give him a lot of time to play as long as Lattimore is healthy enough to play. It has been that way for two years and it isn’t going to change now. The young man has already graduated so you would assume, the only thing he is still shooting for is a chance at the NFL. Otherwise, I would just give up football, and try to improve on my grades or degree I have, or go to a school, where I can take the minimum course’s to stay eligible, play the hardest you can and hope for the NFL to recognize the talent you have.

  2. thegamecocker says: Feb 20, 2012 9:21 AM

    @woebegone

    I respectfully disagree because I don’t think Marcus will get the touches he had in his first two seasons. I doubt the coaching staff is going to want to risk having him get hurt again thus derailing his career. Kenny Miles has proven himself to be a capable runner. Honestly don’t know if he can catch the ball as well as Marcus, but he definitely proved his worth in the Clemson win and Nebraska game. I think he will be seeing much more action in the coming season if he remains at SC. Further, while we all hope Marcus regains 100% of his skill, his injuries were substantial and having Kenny Miles is a great alternative.

  3. woebegong says: Feb 20, 2012 9:31 AM

    I hope you are right but Spurrier is so driven to get that one last title, before he goes out to pasture, I am not sure he will think that way. I sure hope he doesn’t run the kid in the ground, because he is such a good person, on top of being one heck of a player, but watching Spurrier down through the years, I don’t think I have ever seen him so ego driven as he is now.
    I just hope they don’t end up banging up this kid again this year. I know he got hurt last year with his knee, blocking, but I also think that a couple of weeks earlier, you could see Lattimore was slowing down a bit and looked just plain tired.
    I thought the second guy did a good job, but I also think he should have had more touches, but they kind of gave the green light to Shaw and being a young kid, still in the learning stage, he took off way too much. I hope that they do cut down on Lattimores carries and give the back ups a chance.
    I am wondering, do you think lattimore will start this season 100% ? That was a nasty injury for sure, and I have read where he is healing ahead of schedule, I am not even sure there is a schedule for his type of knee injury.

  4. bradentonbuc says: Feb 20, 2012 9:35 AM

    With Lattimore healthy, he still may have to sit behind Shon Carson, Brandon Wilds and Mike Davis, all young players they would like to build on. Big decision.

  5. thegamecocker says: Feb 20, 2012 9:43 AM

    @woebegone

    I’m not a Dr. but there was a player the Giants drafted from NC State, a good college ball-player. He suffered a similar injury when he was drafted two years ago and I’m told he is now getting back to his old form: about 18 months in his case. The fact is, the University will always put a positive spin on this kind of injury matter so we’ll know when the season starts and we see if he has the ability to break tackles like he used to and power his way for extra yards. One thing is this: if ANYONE has the drive and determination to will his way back to being 100%, it is Marcus Lattimore. And if he doesn’t come back at full-strength, he will EARN his degree and be the best at whatever career he pursuse IMO. He is a true student-athlete.

  6. thegamecocker says: Feb 20, 2012 9:44 AM

    @Woe….the player from NC State was Andre Brown.

  7. woebegong says: Feb 20, 2012 9:49 AM

    Man, if Lattimore was ready to go at the start of the season then, that would be quite an accomplishment. If he is not, would Miles, get a lot of the running time, or would Spurrier tend to use his newer guys more to get them ready for the future?

  8. thegamecocker says: Feb 20, 2012 10:03 AM

    @Woe

    That is the question. I think Miles would indeed get the bulk of the carries, particularly in the 4th Qtr of a tight game. I want to be optimistic re Marcus ability to come back in LESS THAN A YEAR! But I want to be realistic too. I guess we’ll see. Maybe ML is SUPERMAN!!

  9. woebegong says: Feb 20, 2012 10:09 AM

    I hope he is indeed able to come back early. I hate to see him on the field when you play us, but I just like that the kid is such a good person, and one heck of an athlete. Maybe somehow the Falcons could end up with him, LOL. They sure could use a RB, and he fits the mold of what they like to do. A big banger with speed. About as much chance of that happening though, as me becoming the next president.
    I just hope the young man gets back on his feet quick, and recovers fully from this injury.

  10. jonkybon says: Feb 20, 2012 10:13 AM

    I believe the NFL scouts already have an idea of what Miles can and can’t deliver in the NFL.

    I don’t think any major program wants a one year rental on a RB. QB is a different story, but not for a RB. The young man has already proven he can start at this level, but won’t ever be an elite back. Even if you transfer and lead a conference in rushing, you still aren’t going to crack the top 15 in the ’13 draft.

    Miles, man up. You made a commitment to the program and you haven’t indicated they renegged on any of their commitments to you. HONOR your word and get your degree. Both will serve you better in the long run then changing colors for one season.

  11. jonkybon says: Feb 20, 2012 10:18 AM

    woebegong says:
    Feb 20, 2012 10:09 AM
    I hope he is indeed able to come back early. I hate to see him on the field when you play us, but I just like that the kid is such a good person, and one heck of an athlete. Maybe somehow the Falcons could end up with him, LOL. They sure could use a RB, and he fits the mold of what they like to do. A big banger with speed. About as much chance of that happening though, as me becoming the next president.
    I just hope the young man gets back on his feet quick, and recovers fully from this injury.
    __________________________________

    I believe every NFL team will look at Lattimore as the elite back his draft, but needs to prove he can stay on the field. If he can do it this year, then he will likely be the first back drafted in ’13. If he isn’t 100%, he should rehab as much as possible to be the first back selected in ’14.

    Like you said, this rival fan knows Lattimore is the real deal and would love for his Pro team to select him.

  12. thegamecocker says: Feb 20, 2012 10:24 AM

    @Jonkybon

    He has already earned his degree which is to his credit. I thought Miles deserved more carries last season. I think he had a total of 56 carries last season of which 21 came against Clemson and 15 against Nebraska. That’s 36 out of 56 carries in the last two games of the season. Why wasn’t he used sooner? I guess it doesn’t matter at this point but it is strange that HBC would use him like that but not during regular season. You are probably correct that NFL scouts know his strengths/weaknesses. Makes sense for him to start Graduate Degree and remain in the program.

  13. florida727 says: Feb 21, 2012 8:05 AM

    “jonkybon”, “gamecocker” is right, you need to read before you type. The kid (Miles) HAS earned his degree, meaning he has fulfilled his obligation to the university. He has every right to pursue an option best suited to give him a chance to live out a dream and prove his worth to an NFL GM. If that best option is under Spurrier, then he should stay. If he has a chance to be a true ‘featured back’ in a run-oriented offense somewhere else, then he should consider it. He has options. He SHOULD explore them. Hopefully he’ll get good advice from those around him, and not just people telling him what he wants to hear, like so many kids that age get.

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