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Miles steps in as Murray quarterback

By Mike Stunson mstunson@paducahsun.com

Still a running back at heart, Desjahvonni Miles will step just in front of his former position and onto the most important one this season for the Murray High football team.

Miles, a weapon for former quarterback Dylan Boone last year out of the backfield and on the edges, steps into the quarterback position this year with Boone's departure to Murray State University.

The starter for the past two seasons, Boone proved to be one of the most explosive quarterbacks in western Kentucky last year by running for 1,433 yards out of the pocket and passing for another 1,063 - totaling 31 touchdowns.

Stepping into his first season as an upperclassman for the Tigers, Miles said it's Boone's leadership style that he took from him the most.

"Dylan could always find a way to lead the team in the right direction and that's what I'm going to try and do," he said.

Miles was third on the team with 415 rushing yards and was also first in receptions a year ago.

First-year head coach Keith Hodge said Miles will have the opportunity to do a lot, should his offensive line give him the time and running lanes.

"We'll be getting him the ball in the gun, having him roll out, go up the middle, or off tackle," Hodge said. "He has the speed to do some big things."

Speed is most definitely Miles' biggest weapon, shown by his 100- and 200-meter championships at last year's Region 1 meet.

Miles said he is still catching on with the position, but that he will be ready for when their season begins next week.

"Things are getting easier for me each day," he said.

Hodge has had his own adjustment, as he gets acquainted to Kentucky football after spending the last five years coaching at Dresden, Tennessee. He was able to spend the spring season with his new team and he said he feels comfortable with them.

"Everybody is working hard. The players are buying in and are being here every day. At the end of the day, that's all you can ask for," he said.

Murray's opponent Friday night in their scrimmage will actually be Hodge's former team, but it's an appropriate one given the offense Dresden runs.

"They run a spread offense, and we really wanted to play someone that runs the spread since so many of our opponents run it," he said.

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