Georgia State introduced Trent Miles as its second football coach last week.
He is tasked with turning around a program that went 1-10 last year as it transitions to a FBS schedule this year.
Here’s the second part of an interview that took place last week:
Q: You mentioned on Monday recruiting players from junior colleges and military preparatory schools. What positions are you trying to strengthen?
A: If we can, it’s kind of late in the process, but if we can we need a big running back to help with the run game. Always need defensive players. Always need depth on the lines, and always need to look at quarterback. If you don’t have a quarterback and aren’t stout on the offensive and defensive lines you are in trouble. You have to have numbers and size on the offensive and defensive side and you have to have a quarterback.
Q: If you could get just one impact junior college player, which position?
A: Quarterback (without hesitation). Look at the Indianapolis Colts. You lose Peyton Manning and get a franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck and look what happens. Look at the teams that lose their franchise guy and what happens to them? They struggle. It all starts with the guy that gets the ball in his hands on every play.
Q: Should folks read into the futures of the quarterbacks currently on the roster?
A: No, not at all. I’m a firm believer that you go out and recruit as many great players as you can and compete.
I want the quarterbacks we have here. I have never seen them play. We might have the next Matt Ryan right here on our roster. I don’t know until I can get out there with them and work with them and see.
We are going to recruit for every position. There’s no position that is guaranteed. I don’t care if you’ve started for three years. It’s open competition. We’ve got to go out and create competition within the team. Learn to compete for your job, compete in the classroom, compete in practice, compete in scrimmage, compete in the weight room, compete in the game. You’ve got to learn how to compete. We have to have competition within the team. Way to do that is through recruiting numbers of good players.
Q: Have you spoken to Bill Curry?
A: (Miles said Curry has reached out to him, but there was an e-mail problem that’s getting fixed). I can’t wait to talk to him. I’ve met him before when he was doing TV.
I want to pick his brain. There’s so much good in that brain. I want to ask him what he thinks and what I should do. I’m a sponge. I want to learn from him.
Q: Have you yelled at James Greenwell yet about next year’s schedule (which includes games at Alabama and at West Virginia)?
A: (Laughs). Whoever takes over at Indiana State may yell at me. They open at Indiana and then go to Purdue.
When I first got there, one of the things, was at this level you have to play money games. If you are going to play a money game, why would Indiana or Purdue pay for a team from Eastern Kentucky or Illinois to come in there and give them $400,000 to play when they can take that money in the state of Indiana in Indiana University’s budget and shift it to the budget of Indiana State’s? Just keep that money in the state.
Q: Would you welcome a game against Georgia or Georgia Tech?
A: I haven’t sat down yet and talked to anybody about scheduling. We have to recruit. We will get to that in the future. But how wonderful would it be to be Georgia-Georgia State? How wonderful would it be to be Georgia State-Georgia Tech?
I know Paul (Johnson) and one of the guys on his staff, Buzz Preston, we coached together at Stanford and Notre Dame.
It sounds natural to me. It’s not a rivalry until you can compete with them. You have to prove that.
Q: You said you’ve been meeting with the team. Who has impressed you most?
A: I haven’t met the whole team. I’ve been impressed with all of them. They’ve all sat in here and sat up in their chairs. I’ve not had to say “Sit up” or “Look me in the eye” or “Take your hat off.” They’ve all made an appointment and kept their appointment. They’ve come in this door and looked me in the eye and talked to me. I’ve been impressed by all of them.
I see a lot of potential looking at Joe Peterson.
Again, that’s a small percentage of the team. I’m hoping I’m impressed by all of them. So far I have.
These young men have shown that they want to be successful. They want to have a chance for success. That tells me that they listened when we had the team meeting. We talked about how to present yourself and we want things done. They’ve sat here and shook my hand and said they are all in. I said I’m going to hold you to that.
That tells me we listened when we had the team meeting. They’ve told me that they are all in.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu