The Huddle: Team comes first
September, 19, 2011
By Lem Satterfield | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez/ESPNHSCyler Miles is a versatile playmaker that ranks as the No. 35 athlete in the ESPNU 150.The huddle is a sacred place in football; one where the team and game are the only things that count. We’re going inside the huddle by talking to football players on POWERADE FAB 50 teams to find out their most valuable lessons learned -- on or off the field -- that contribute to their success.
Cyler Miles of Mullen (Denver, Colo.) turned his freshman year selfishness evolved into selflessness -- doing the little, sometimes unseen things toward accomplishing the team goals. Miles holds a 3.1 GPA and plans to major in psychology. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has committed to the University of Washington.
As a junior, Miles threw for 20 touchdowns and more than 2,100 yards, ran for seven more scores and and more than 600 yards, and lead the Mustangs to a 37-6 victory over Regis Jesuit for their program's third straight Class 5A state title.
Miles had thrown for four scoring passes in the Mustangs' first two games this year, but isn't worried as much about the stats as much as the intangibles that do not appear in the box scores.
"It's about selflessness and contribution. Doing the things behind the scenes is seriously just as important as the play and the box scores and the stats. It's those things that people don't always see that can really go a long toward the achieving of success with your team," said Miles.
"When players simply do what they're supposed to do, do it the best that they can, and do not make a priority of trying to make a name for themselves, but just become a part of a winning team, everything just turns out better than if you act as an individual."
That prospect is even more challenging for Miles this season, with Mustangs having lost to Grandview in their second game of the year. The setback ended a 34-game winning streak for the Mustangs, who were 1-1 after two games.
"As a freshman, I wanted to be a starter on the varsity and the best high school player in Colorado. It was 'I, I, I, I.' Junior year, the coaches really instilled teamwork point of view. So none of that other stuff really mattered to me as much. I modeled the seniors, who cared more about doing their job to the best of their ability to help the team. We won states again," said Miles.
"So that taught me that really all that matters is how the team does. So as a quarterback, it's really that if you do the stuff that I'm talking about, doing what the coach tells you, making the right read, making the clutch completions, ball-control, ball-handling and things like that. Do the little things that make up your job on the field and the stats will come with that."
ROLE MODEL: Brian Miles, father.
"My father was a running back in Pueblo, Colorado, a real small town. He went to a small high school, had dreams of playing in the league, and a lot of people doubted him. He kept working, made it on his own. He has a strong mind."