The Northwestern State football program has bolstered its offensive line for the 2018 season by adding 6-foot-6, 270-pound William Miles, a two-sport athlete who played on Arizona Western’s national junior college runner-up football team.
Miles, a native of Rock Island, Ill., was a tight end for Arizona Western, which reached the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game in both of his seasons. He was also a post player for the Matadors’ basketball team that finished 23-10 this year and reached the district championship game, one win shy of the NJCAA Tournament.
Arizona Western ranked sixth in the NJCAA with a 272-yard rushing average, averaging 6.5 yards each carry. The Mats were unbeaten in the regular season each of Miles’ two years.
Miles will shift inside to play tackle for the Demons, said head coach Brad Laird.
“Will gives us an instant boost in length and athleticism to our offensive line. Being a two-sport athlete at Arizona Western shows through in the way Will plays,” said Laird.
“The kind of athleticism he possesses paired with the physicality in which he plays will make our team better. We are incredibly excited to have him on board and cannot wait for him to get here to start the process of helping us win championships.”
Miles will arrive at NSU this summer before preseason camp kicks off in August. The Demons open their first season under Laird on Aug. 30 at Texas A&M, then come home to host two-time defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Grambling on Sept. 8 before kicking off the nine-game Southland Conference schedule Sept. 15 at Lamar.