When fall camp gets underway for the Missouri Tigers, there will be a very limited number of new preferred walk-ons who will join the team for the first day of camp. One of those included in that limited number is 2012 TB Miles Drummond 6'0" 210 4.55 Hallsville (MO).
Drummond turned down a scholarship offer to play for Mike Jones at Lincoln University, but he instead chose to try to fulfill his lifelong dream of playing for Missouri. He's planning to begin taking classes at Missouri in June, along with many of the scholarship freshmen.
"I've always wanted to play D-1 football," explained Drummond. "I want to see if I can get a shot at the pros. It's always been my goal to play professional football. I understand it's a hard goal to reach, and I understand that a lot of people don't make it. But, that's always been a dream of mine."
At Hallsville, Drummond rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons, while averaging nearly 7 yards/carry.
"I grew up going to and watching Tiger games," continued Drummond. "I always wanted to be a Tiger. I always told myself that if Mizzou ever showed interest in me, that I would have to give it a try."
Drummond cited the way that Missouri runs their walk-on program, and the way that walk-ons are treated, as positive factors in helping him make the decision to join the Tigers.
"I realize that (being a preferred walk-on) is quite an accomplishment in itself," explained Drummond. "And, I realized how Missouri treats walk-ons, not just a practice dummy, or a camp body………………………………………… When I learned what being a walk-on at Missouri meant, that Coach Pinkel holds walk-ons in very high respect, that in itself just sold me, that I won't be treated any differently, just because I'm not on a scholarship. I'll just have to prove myself before they'll pay for my school…………………………………………… And, I will have earned it."
Drummond is also a sprinter for the Hallsville track team. He reports a personal best of 11.4 seconds in the 100 meters, and has thrown the discus 125. In the weight room, he has posted a maximum of 330 pounds in the bench press, and a maximum of 500 pounds in the squat, along with a personal best of 330 pounds in the clean.
He said that his high school coach calls him a "gym rat".
"I'm always in the weight room, trying to get stronger, and get faster," said Drummond. "I come in before school about three days a week to lift………………………………………. I understand that's where you put in the work to be able to have fun when you put the pads on."
As a ball-carrier, Drummond is a physical, slashing runner, who looks for a crease to power his way through. By his own admission, he'll have to improve as a receiver. He aspires to be a complete back.
Drummond impressed the Missouri staff as a member of Coach Yost's Renegade team during last June's team camp.
Drummond said that he hears a lot about another incoming Missouri freshman.
"I'm excited that Dorial Green-Beckham will be my teammate," said Drummond. "Everybody keeps telling me all about him, and reminding me that I'm going to get to play on the same team with him."
Drummond grew up around horses. His grandmother trains horses. And, he's been raising a young filly this spring on his grandparents' farm.
Drummond talked about a chore with which I'm also very familiar. He said that he has spent quite a bit of time putting up hay.
"I go out with my grandfather and my brother, and we pick them up by hand off of the ground and we throw them in the back of the truck," explained Drummond, and at the same time eliciting memories for me from years long past. "It's a grind. It's a work out."
Anyone who's ever lifted those hay bales over their head into the barn loft has tasted a distinct inhalation experience, and shares a lasting memory in common with Miles Drummond.
I'm looking forward to watching Drummond during his time at Missouri. And, I won't be a bit surprised if he ends up working his way onto the field for the Tigers.
"I'm not afraid of contact," said Drummond. "I always figure if you're going to play football, you're going to get hit sometimes……………………………………… I try to create arm tackles. It's a whole lot easier running through arm tackles than it is to run through a shoulder tackle."