If you go to Saturdays South Carolina game, youll see Kenny Miles start at tailback against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
If you kill a little time at your tailgate after the game and then drive home via Bluff Road, you might see him again, sweating through his T-shirt for the second time that day on a postgame jog.
I do it a lot. It depends on how late the game is. If its an 8 p.m. game, I may not run at midnight because that is kind of dangerous, said the 5-foot-9, 195-pound senior with dreadlocks past his shoulders, but if its an early game, I definitely go running.
If hes had a good game, the run might be shorter three miles or so. If hes had a bad game or a fumble or a dumb penalty, hell push himself five miles or farther.
It kind of clears your head, gets away from the adrenaline rush of the game, Miles said.
Most college players live for that adrenaline rush when the screaming fans and your own rushing blood make it impossible to hear or think but most college players like rap music, too.
Its not really appealing to me, said Miles, who listens to Earth, Wind & Fire, Howard Hewett and Surface.
Anything like that I like because its more relaxing. I listen to a lot of jazz. I think thats cool, he said. I feel like Im an old soul, I guess. Everybody goes to parties, and I do sometime, but most of the time I am home watching Netflix.
Miles career has required an old souls patience. He led the team in rushing as a freshman with 626 yards but was summarily replaced the next year by Marcus Lattimore.
I wouldnt say that it was easy, but when Marcus came in, he was a great guy and he worked really hard, and I really admired the way he stepped up as a leader, Miles said.
Miles has started two games since. Saturday will be his third. When Lattimore was injured Oct. 27 against Tennessee, it opened the door for Miles to finish his career as South Carolinas starting running back and put a finishing stamp on his career.
Miles already has left his mark off the field on coach Steve Spurrier, on teammates and on South Carolinas attorney general.
Hes probably a little bit more mature than most of them, Spurrier said. Kenny has been here five years, and gosh, hes played very well. He came to me, I remember, at the end of last year and said, Coach, can I come back next year if I want to? And I said, Sure, you can come back if you want to. Hes a super Gamecock. I think our fans and all the Gamecocks appreciate that he decided to stay for five years.
Miles teammates appreciate his selflessness, they say. Not once has he complained about his ever-changing role, tight end Justice Cunningham said. Miles has 1,131 career yards on 253 carries.
Kenny is one of my role models as far as that goes, Cunningham said. For a guy to be there every time the team needs him without complaining or having an attitude toward anyone, I have always looked up to that. Id say Kenny seems a little different from the outside, but once you get to know him, he is the same as everybody else.
Miles probably has made the biggest impression on Alan Wilson, South Carolinas attorney general. Miles interned in the attorney generals office this spring after meeting Wilson through former Gamecock Travian Robertson, who also interned in Wilsons office.
Miles and Wilson met following last years game against The Citadel, when Miles accompanied Robertson to Wilsons tailgating spot, where the attorney general had with him three boys under 11 years old, the children of a friend who had died earlier in the month and been buried the previous day.
These guys spent about two and a half hours playing with those boys, Wilson said. They spent the whole afternoon. I was so impressed with how he treated those young boys. He got a position in this office because of the integrity he showed that day taking his time with those boys.
Miles worked in the offices prosecution division, where he did everything from attend criminal domestic violence cases and help prepare trial notebooks to copying and filing.
When I polled the office, everybody unanimously said what an absolute pleasure and delight this young man was and how genuinely interested he seemed in helping people, Wilson said. He wasnt given a puff job. He came in here, and he worked and he did a lot of jobs a lot of people dont consider fun, and he didnt complain about it. I think old soul is a great way to say it.When I see No. 31 run out there, I feel like hes one of my guys. I scream for all of them, but I find myself screaming a little bit louder when I see No. 31 running out on the field.