Kenny Miles was described by his teammate DeVonte Holloman as "just a good dude" and "the ultimate team player" by head coach Steve Spurrier during this week's football press conference. Many have made note of his decision to stay at Carolina for his final year of eligibility this season despite already graduating and perhaps having been able to transfer elsewhere and see more playing time. This week the fifth year player will see much of the carries after Marcus Lattimore suffered a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago. Let's get to know Kenny Miles a little more, shall we?
Q. You went to Brookwood High School in Georgia - did you grow up in Georgia?
A. No, I was born in Augusta and then I moved up to
Philadelphia for a little bit. Then I lived in Maryland for a little bit. I
lived in Delaware for a little bit and then I moved back down to Georgia...Most of my
Dad's family is up north so that's why we moved up there. And then my mom moved
back to Georgia while my dad and I stayed up there and then eventually my dad
and I came back down.
Which do you
like better? Living up north or living in the South?
I like the South, but up North has better food. [pan to Brittany's dubious expression]. It does, it does! In general here is a lot of franchise stuff, up there it's more like Ma n' Pa type places like Cambriati's. And the snacks are better up North - we got Hirsch potato chips, we got Tastykakes, we got Hershey's ice cream.
Tell me about Tastykakes, people keep telling me about
these but I'm a Little Debbie fan myself.
You've never had Tastykakes before? They are fresher than Little Debbie, number one. The Chocolate Junior is my favorite. I don't eat those during the season because I do not have any self-control with those. But, it's a cake with chocolate icing in the middle and then it's another little cake and then there's chocolate on top of that. It sounds like a lot of chocolate but, ah man, it's so good!
What were some of your favorite things to do when you
were a little kid?
Play football. Of course play football. When I was little, me and one of my best friends would get the toy cars and we would play football with the cars. We would line them up like an actual football game and act like we were coaches. That was kind of fun because my dad and his dad were coaches.
When did you first start playing football?
I was six and I played linebacker and running back and it was fun. That's when my pants didn't fit, when your knee pads are all the way down at your shins. It was cool. My dad came home and was like, "Hey man, you wanna play football?" And I was like, "Yeah!" And he said, "Okay, good because I signed up you already." So it was fun, I had a really good time. My first year, I think I scored one touchdown and then I kind of got a grasp for the game. And then my next year I scored like 18 and won a championship that year so it was cool.
What are some of your favorite things to do off the
field or with your friends?
I love to go bowling. We got a lot of good bowlers. Marcus [Lattimore] and Dylan Thompson are good bowlers. Matt O'Brien, he was a walk on, he's a good bowler. I love bowling; it's competitive, but it's not a grind like football is, it's kind of just hanging out. I also love going to the movies! I'm a big movie buff. I watch Netflix all the time!
What's the best movie you've seen lately?
I was watching this one movie last night, Almost Famous, but I ended up falling asleep cause it was late. I really like to relax.
Favorite movie of all time?
Remember the Titans, definitely.
senior, so what is your favorite memory from your time at South Carolina,
either on the field or off?
Probably the Ole Miss game my sophomore year. That was probably the loudest, at that time, I had ever heard the stadium and it was really cool. At the time Ole Miss had a bunch of hype; they were number four. I think that was probably one of my first best memories but I got a ton of them. Beating Clemson, that's always a great memory to have.
What are you going to miss the most about South
Being around my teammates and the fans. Now we got the Gamecock Walk and stuff like that. Just the little things - being around my teammates every day and getting police escorts on gameday. Just little stuff like that I think is cool, so that's probably the main thing.
Who would you say you are closest with on the team?
I'm real close with Latt [Marcus Lattimore], I'm real close with Mike [Davis], probably just the running back group in general. I'm real close with all those guys. I'm close with [Byron] Jerideau and Devin Taylor cause we used to live on the same block. We all hangout, barbeque, relax, go to the lake.
Are you into fishing, hunting, and mud racing like some of those guys?
I like going fishing; I've never been hunting. The mud racing is Devin and Byron's thing. I let them go do that and
I'll chill at home and wait til they get back. Now fishing, I like going
fishing - it's fun. I've never been hunting, but I keep telling TJ [Johnson] to take me but
he hasn't taken me yet.
Be sure to cheer on Kenny Miles as he takes the field for his final SEC game of his career. South Carolina kicks off vs. Arkansas at noon this Saturday, November 10, on CBS and Gamecock IMG Sports Network radio affiliates.