The Peabody Warhorses Are Miles Ahead Under Center
by Jace LeJeune
It was just two years ago in 2018 that the Peabody Warhorses struggled finishing with a 1-9 record. Head Coach Marvin Hall made a giant step by finishing with a 7-3 overall record while hosting a first round playoff game. Even though the Warhorses did lose their first round matchup to the eventual Class 4A State Runner-Up Warren Easton Fighting Eagles, it was a huge breakout season that not a lot of people including Peabody fans expected to happen. A huge reason for the rising emergence of this program has been the play of its quarterback Tyriq Miles. After accounting for 1,600 total yards and 14 touchdowns, the 6-2, 200 pound quarterback was the offensive catalyst for an athletic Peabody offense in 2019. However, it was not just offense that helped the team make the huge turnaround.
“The leadership,” Miles said. “It was a big difference in the leadership from the 2018-2019 season and the 2019-2020 season. Discipline and faith was also a big factor. Trusting in each other in our coaches played a big part.”
2019 also was Miles’ first year as the starting quarterback for the team. Although it was a learning process for him, his athletic ability helped him pick up things on the fly during games.
“I believe my versatility and mobility is my biggest strength,” Miles said. “I’m able to throw on the run, scramble, and deliver passes out of the pocket efficiently.”
After one season under center, schools have started to notice his upside as he has already received a scholarship from Rose-Hulman and has also been shown interests from Oberlin and Grambling.
“Any schools that offer or show interest in me are schools that I want to play for,” Miles said. “Since they extend their resources and time into recruiting me, it would be disrespectful towards them to not want to play for them.”
Miles has taken a mature approach towards the recruiting process and a part of it is because his family members have been a part of the process including his older brother Thomas Miles, who is a preferred walk-on at McNeese State, and his older cousin Kevin Dorn, who also attended McNeese State as a defensive tackle.
“They just told me to leave it all on the field and always keep your options open,” Miles said. “Never feel pressured to commit to a school too early and to go wherever you feel is the best fit for you.”
In order for Miles to have more options on the table, he hopes that he not only takes the next step in his second year as the starting quarterback, but the team makes the next step by making a playoff run.
“I feel like a deep playoff run is the next step,” Miles said. “We have a lot to prove to everyone in order to prove it wasn’t a fluke. I also surprised many people by having a decent year as my first year as a quarterback because I never played in little league, middle school, or my first two years in high school. I’ve always played safety so the next step for me is progressing more as a pocket passer and getting more accurate. I also need to make quicker and more efficient reads to limit the number of interceptions and incompletions.”
The Peabody second year starting quarterback has also set a goal of having 2,500 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns in 2020. In order to have a chance of playing football this fall during COVID-19, practices have been very different in order to protect the safety of all the players involved.
“It’s been very much limited like masks in the weight room and personal water bottles,” Miles said. “The biggest adjustment has been the no contact part. Football practice doesn’t feel the same without contact.”
Well, adjustments is something that Tyriq Miles and the rest of the Peabody football team have already grown accustomed to during their run in 2019, which makes them “Miles” ahead of the competition in 2020.
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Jace is from Addis, LA but resides in Port Allen, LA. Jace attends Southeastern Louisiana University and is majoring in Communications. This is Jace’s fourth year as Associate Editor at Louisiana Football Magazine. He is also a graduate from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge where he was the editor of the school newspaper the “Bearly Published.” While at CHS, Jace also announced their football, basketball, and baseball games for the Bruin Broadcast Network which is the Catholic High’s streaming website for their events. On weekends, Jace is the PA announcer for his middle school football games. At home, Jace enjoys time with his family and friends. Besides being a huge football fan, Jace is also an avid NHRA drag racing fan.