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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Joshua Miles, OL, Morgan State

Morgan State offensive lineman Joshua Miles is a huge kid with athleticism. He made a name for himself at the East/West Shrine Game earlier this year.

• Name: Joshua Miles

• Height: 6060

• Weight: 310

• Position: OT/OG

• College: Morgan State

• Twitter: @Lord_Bil

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

• Grew up in Randallstown, Md. it’s a small suburb 15 minutes outside of Baltimore City.

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

• Film Study- I’ve learned in the last few years at Morgan how important film is. It’s like studying for a test, the only way to be actually prepared for what’s to come, Strength and Conditioning- In the past off season I got into the best shape of my life and could feel the difference in the field. Being stronger than opponents and able to last until the 4th quarter without being gassed is important. Practice- Not that practice isn’t important, this is where I refined my technique and improve quickness and overall skill! 

What do you worry about, and why?

• I don’t worry about much, I have God on my side. (Matthew 19:26)

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

• I failed my  teammates when I became in eligible.  This was an extremely turbulent time for me and I wasn’t sure based on my administration if I had played my last football game.  Through prayer and perseverance are overcame ineligibility. I spent the entire year raising my GPA as high as I possibly could I made back to back  I spent the entire year raising my GPA as high as I possibly could I made back to back Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and lifting weights. This propelled my game mentally and physically. The entire time I took every snap on the scout team and perfected my technique. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• My teammates admire my leadership but also my hard working attitude. I’m the first one in the weight room and usually the last one to leave, lifting the heaviest weight. I love to work hard.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

• Darryl Johnson NCAT, Alex Hansen Air Force, Jamal Davis Akron. 

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

• If I couldn’t play football I would likely find my place in business as an entrepreneur or writing. I have an articulate voice.

Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?

• Room, Desk, Car 

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

• I would save my Mom, I love her.

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

• I would be Huey Freeman from the Boondocks, genius show. 

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

• My biggest adversity was being ineligible, from that I learned perseverance and grit. I was disheartened when I learned I was ineligible but I continued to practice everyday and lift weights with the team all the while increasing my GPA as high as possible. This year got even more difficult when I early February my Uncle passed away. He was like a father to me and one of my greatest inspirations. It was i matures a lot in many areas in that year. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• Most embarrassing moment came my freshman year. I won’t go into great detail but I lost my eyebrows! 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• Most memorable play from my college career came in the game against NCAT when my kicker Alex Rays knocked in a 40 yard field goal for the win on the road and the team stormed the field!

What song best describes your work ethic?

• Future- Last Breath 

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

• Mental toughness, athleticism, and eagerness to learn

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

• Martin Luther King or Fredrick Douglas, they both were excellent politically minded speakers  who would have a lot to say about the current climate and divisiveness in various parts of the community.

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

• The Black Pearl nightclub 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Alex Collins, dude is an excellent running back. Very physical downhill runner great balance and speed.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• I would rather be respected, respect comes out of hard work and good character. Respect is earned and I’ve always had to earn anything I have. 

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

• Ricky Williams, I was a super fan of his and he seemed to have more of a mental health problem rather than a drug problem. His career was severely interrupted after a series of failed drug tests but after watching his 30 for 30 he went into depth about his personality disorder and depression. I feel therapy or counseling would have been beneficial for him rather than banning him from football. I feel mental health is an overlooked and misunderstood concept and familiarizing ourselves will allow us to better empathize with those afflicted.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• Love to win

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

•My biggest influence in my life is God and my Mother. God has always been a huge part of my life and religion has been my saving grace. People close to me know 2017 was incredibly difficult for me but the Lord kept me and brought me through. Faith is extremely important. My mother has always been extremely supportive of me, she was the one who introduced me to Football. She broke her back for years raising me as a single parent. I watched and admired her work ethic everyday while developing my own. She instilled the value of education in me and also the importance and love of God. 

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