The Byron Nelson football team had a strong 2013 campaign, going 8-3 on the season as a whole, finishing third in district competition and advancing to the post-season.
A big part of the reason why the Bobcats enjoyed the level of success they did last season was due to the play of running back Courtney Miles.
Miles rushed for nearly 1,100 yards in the 2013 campaign and scored 12 rushing touchdowns, in addition to being selected as a first-team all-district player.
Coach Brian Polk has been impressed with Miles since he started at Nelson High School and said that the Bobcats senior brings a lot to the team.
“He has a great work ethic,” Polk said. “He has Division II offers right now and is our offensive leader on the team.”
Miles has been a three-year starter for the Bobcats and averaged just over 6.2 yards per carry last season, leading the team in scoring with a total of 72 points.
The Nelson senior's break out game came in Week 2 of last season when he rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the team's match up with Frisco.
With the loss of such offensive standouts as tight end Hayden Sanders and receiver Jordan Diamond, Miles will really have to step it up this season if Nelson is going to have a chance in its new larger and tougher district, which includes school-district rival Northwest and the Keller ISD schools, along with a couple tough teams from the Denton school district.
It will not be an easy task, as the Bobcats also lost all-district selections Anders Huizenga and Connor O'Neil at tackle and guard respectively to graduation.
Miles is likely the top running back in the district this year, and his running, along with the rest of the team's grace under fire, should make Nelson a formidable foe.
Miles could not be reached for comment.