Two Whippets set to play at next levelBy LAURENCE HILLIARD,
Two Kosciusko seniors signed scholarships last Wednesday, the first day of the February signing period, to continue playing football at the next level.
Bobo Miller signed as a preferred walk on with the University of Mississippi. Offensive lineman Paul Wood signed with Holmes Community College.
A preferred walk on is guaranteed a spot on the team, but is not on scholarship. He can earn a scholarship moving forward by his play.
A shoulder injury suffered in a pickup basketball game the summer before his senior season might have prevented Miller from receiving a scholarship. After a strong junior year, he was limited to the final three games as a senior.
“I felt bad about it because I wanted to play with my brothers,” Miller said. “They got us to where we wanted to be in the playoffs.”
After undergoing therapy, he returned for the final two games of the regular season and one 4A playoff game.
Miller (5-9 and 157 pounds) had a strong junior season as a receiver and running back for the Whippets. He carried 112 times for 814 yards (7.3 average) and seven touchdowns and caught 23 passes for 372 yards and three TDs.
In his limited time as a senior, Miller had 24 carries for 130 yards and caught eight passes for 130 yards, with a TD reception against Louisville.
“I always wanted to play in the SEC,” Miller said. He talked with Derrick Nix, an Ole Miss running back and receiver assistant coach. “He said I will play a big role in the offense.”
Miller plans to major in sports administration with a goal of being a coach “so I can teach other kids to play ball and leadership.”
Wood said Holmes is “a great place to go and I have family there… Coaches told me if I work hard I can play for Holmes.”
He hopes to continue playing football at a four-year school after Holmes and said he might major in civil engineering.