BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Saturday will be the final time taking the field at A.W. Mumford Stadium for the graduating seniors on the football team at Southern University.

Some transferred into the program this season, while others became Jaguars within the past few years. Yet, a small group have stuck it out on ‘The Bluff’ for their entire college careers.

Defensive lineman Willie Miles is a part of that crew, who experienced three different head coaches and countless thrilling games in Columbia blue and gold.

“My best attribute is I’m never going to quit at all,” Miles said.

Miles grew up in Baton Rouge and played high school football at Scotlandville High School, just 1.5 miles from where he’ll take the field against Prairie View A&M on Saturday. He’s a walk-on who recorded his first sack in 2022 and earned his first start in 2023.

“When you talk about Willie Miles, you’re talking about a guy that’s consistent, a guy that’s going to come to work, a guy that’s not going to complain. He doesn’t worry about what he doesn’t have. He just takes advantage of what he can do.” said Eric Dooley, Southern football head coach.

Despite standing at just 5’9, Miles has a large presence on the team as a leader and someone that other guys can lean on.

“He’s a guy that’s quiet, but when you start to talk to him and get to know you of his story and you just you got to respect him and his grind and how he shows up every day.” said Jordan Carter, defensive back for the Jaguars.

“It was hard, but I fought through, Southern’s the standard.” Miles said.

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