Miles can go the distance in ASU's offense

The new offensive scheme the Sun Devils have implemented this spring has produced positive results for the maroon and gold, especially for Jamal Miles. The sophomore has found that the new up tempo offense is a perfect match for his speed and athleticism.

"I like it," Miles said of the new offense. "I like how its fast paced and no huddle. I really like it better than last year's offense. I think I provide a lot of things. I have speed, I can go outside and I can go out for passes."

Considered a hybrid player, Miles has not only been playing his natural position at running back, but also taken reps with the wide receivers. The Peoria High School graduate spent his high school career at running back, but has had little trouble adjusting to the new position.

"Its not really a huge adjustment," Miles said. "Because I kind of know both of the positions so I'm doing pretty well right now."

"We're going to play him a lot of different places," Head Coach Dennis Erickson said of Jamal Miles. "We're going to try and play him at running back the next two weeks. Because he can play ‘half' which is a slot guy that moves all the time.

"So we're just going to put him back there so he gets used to running because he really hasn't been back there very much. We want to see what he can do back there. He's a great change of pace, he has speed and explosion and can give you the homerun ball. When Cameron (Marshall) comes back and with Deantre Lewis we have some guys that can take it to the house."

Starting seven games as a true freshman, Miles accumulated 682 total yards in the 2009 season finishing third on the team. After being part of the previously under achieving offense, Miles is encouraged by the changes seen in just two weeks of spring practice.

"We weren't that good last year," Miles admitted. "It's kind of a motivation that we're going to prove everybody wrong this year. That's what I'm looking forward to.

"I think we have a much different attitude. It's more aggressive this year. The receivers are blocking on the perimeter, and running backs are running hard. It's a big change."

Going up against a fast and talented defense, the offensive group has their work cut out for them day in and day out. Only helping them progress, the defensive unit challenges their counterpart to constantly improve.

"I think it makes us a much better offense," Miles said of the defense. "We're going up against the top defense in the Pac-10. So coming out and competing against them means we can compete against anyone in the Pac-10."

With two weeks of spring left to go, the Sun Devils are preparing to showcase their progress on April 24th for their final spring scrimmage. Miles, like the rest of the maroon and gold, is working to master their new offensive scheme during that period to hopefully yield positive results this fall.

"My goals for spring are to just get more comfortable at the running back position," Miles said. "And learn the receivers (assignments) more to get more comfortable with it so I don't have to think as much so I can go out and just play."


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