Kenny Miles says there’s nowhere he’d rather be than South Carolina.
Miles, a fifth-year senior running back, said after the 2011 season that he was considering transferring. This year he opened preseason practice second on the depth chart behind Marcus Lattimore.
Two of his three touchdowns last year came in the 2011 Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska. He led the Gamecocks in rushing as a redshirt freshman (117 carries for 626 yards in 2009).
Miles (5-9, 193), from Lawrenceville, Ga., received the Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring award at the spring game.
Was there ever any doubt that you’d return for your final year of eligibility?
I talked to my folks about it. We weighed out the pros and cons. I’m glad I’m here. I wouldn’t be anywhere else.
What were the selling points to stay?
I love my teammates. It’s like a family around here. I love my coaching staff. I love the University of South Carolina. I committed here in 2008. This was where I was going to play my college career at, and this is where I’m at.
What kind of shape are you in?
I’m in the best shape of my life. I’ve been working hard, working with the training staff. On the weekends I was working out at home. As a whole, I couldn’t be in any better shape than I am in right now.
How have the players changed since you got here?
As a whole we’ve got more camaraderie. Everybody’s on the same page. We’ve all got the same common goal. We hang out more. A month ago D.J. [Swearinger] texted everybody and said, “Hey, come over to the house. We’re going to have a barbecue.” As a whole we’re more like a family and we all want to work hard for that common goal.
What’s your take on your fellow running backs?
All of them work hard. We’ve got one of the best running back stables since I’ve been here. We’ve got a lot of guys, a lot of depth and a lot of guys who can do a lot of different things.
How is it to play for your position coach, Everette Sanders?
He’s a great coach. He’s a coach that likes to know us more on of a personal level. He asks us about our family, how everything’s going. We’re working for another family member. He’s like one of us and I like that.
What are your expectations for this season?
We’ve got a lot of potential and this season will be what we make it.