Everyone! Guess what?! we only have a mere 62 days left until American Style Football!! As such, we will be reviewing a, currently, unassigned player—Durrant Miles
#62, Durrant Miles, Freshman, DE
Weight: 218 lbs
High School: Bingham High School, South Jordan, Utah
How'd he get to the Blue™?
By being a stud of course. Rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN with a grade of 76, Durrant chose the Broncos over Hawaii and Utah State. Durrant is coming back from a two year mission from Bolivia.
As in, I am never going to remember that his first name is Durrant and will refer to him, inadvertently exclusively, by his last name. Sorry Miles.
Can only assume he will be just as rich.
Miles totaled 64 tackes and 10 sacks as a senior on his way to first-team all-state honors from both the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune. This followed a stellar junior campaign where he notched 51 tackles, a sack, 10 hurries, and five pass break-ups as a junior. He was a three-year letterwinner in football and two-year letterwinner in basketball, foregoing his senior season to focus on his football career.
Coming back from his mission will be an interesting transition. One: it will take some time for his body to get back to game shape, but he will have matured in that time (both physically and mentally) so transitioning will hopefully come easier than not. Two: there has been quite an upheaval since Miles left for his mission. A little something called a "coaching change." When Miles committed to Boise State he was committing to the current UW head coach. Miles praised the facilities, coaches, and everything (I tried linking the original Idaho Statesman article, but it seems to have been deleted from their archives or, at least, the original link is now broken, so the second hand article will need to suffice). The facilities have gotten better, the coaches--well--they have at LEAST stayed the same quality-wise, and the everything? I would not think the culture has changed much. Sure, some differences (Twitter, amirite?!), but nothing that Miles would not be able to fit in to.
Being away from the game for so long, I can only imagine he is anxious to get back on the field. But if he is coming back as a defensive end (he played outside linebacker and tight end in high school), finding playing time could be...a challenge. As we have documented, there is a dearth of talent that will be making appearances on the line. If Miles is eager to get playing right away, my guess is he would have to have a spectacular summer and fall preparation. Course, I would not shed a tear if it meant that he is the best man for the job. My guess is he ultimately uses a redshirt year to wait out the talent and have a chance to start in 2016. Which, again, is fine by me.
Is he on Twitter?
Not that I could find.
Completely made up fact
Being an accomplished ventriloquist, Miles was very tempted to take his act on the road and live the fantastic life of the comedian. Alas, his fear of mannequins and dummies made this venture all but impossible. To assuage his sadness he hits people with a fierceness. Kudos Miles!!