Sights And Sounds: Swapping Sides

Staff Writer
Posted Apr 16, 2012

A month ago, West Virginia senior Donovan Miles was getting ready to strap on the pads and put on his blue jersey. He was prepared to fight for playing time at linebacker.

Then, everything changed. The Mountaineers’ coaching staff needed to move someone to the offensive side of the ball due to the departure of veteran fullback Matt Lindamood.

Miles was right there to step up.

"It’s been tough, you know – it’s a big adjustment," he said. "It’s a learning curve, but with the help of my teammates – (running backs) Shawne Alston, Ryan Clarke, (Andrew) Buie and especially my coaches, it’s been an easy transformation."

Miles has jumped up to No. 2 on the depth chart and says he’s thinking a lot less on offense than he was on defense.

Miles will put his pads on this week – the last week of spring ball – and then slip a white jersey on top of it.

It’s still weird to him. But he knows it’s the best thing for the team.

"On the field, you know, I haven’t made that much of an impact, but just as brotherhood, and in the locker room, and even with my coaches (and) off the field in the classroom, I’ve made an impact – so I feel good about that. When I do graduate and leave, I’ll feel good about that," he said.

Check out more of our "Sights and Sounds" series and all of our West Virginia video coverage at this link.

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