Nebraska football: A walk-on with championship ties joins program

Nebraska Football was the beneficiary of a talented walk-on earlier this week.

A legacy player is coming to the Nebraska football program. Barron Miles Jr. announced he would join the program as a walk-on wide receiver.

For those who may be too young to recall the 1994 season, his father Barron Miles played on the National Championship team. His lockdown type of play style and his ability to cover receivers instantly won him over with Nebraska fans. As Brian Christopherson of 247Sports notes, his coverage during the 1995 Orange Bowl was exceptional. A blocked punt returned for a touchdown was also a highlight of his during the game.

Now, his son will try to make a name for himself. He is going to play receiver fore Nebraska football, and he a is already in Lincoln according to Christopherson’s report.

This isn’t the first walk-on player that carries a Nebraska football legacy with him. Grant Tagge. also has a Nebraska legacy he carries with him as well

Measuring in at 6 feet, 170 pounds, Miles  Jr. is definitely a shifty receiver. I watched a couple of his highlights, and what stood out to me was his acceleration after he had the football in his hands. He was extremely fast, and kept focusing on running up field. I could see him taking on a special teams role with the program.

Nebraska football is deep at the wide receiver position for the foreseeable future. However, I could see Miles making an impact as a sort of utility player for the program. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. They need his sneaky speed. I’ll be interested to see how he fits into the equation for Nebraska football. He definitely should be given a shot.

Nebraska football has made a commitment to getting the most out of their walk-on program. As the season begins, it will be interesting to take a look at the roster sheet and see how many have made it.

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There is a ton of talent in the walk-on program, I’ve always enjoyed the fact that Nebraska football has a walk-on program. Now, it’s all about putting those players in positions to succeed moving forward. Of course, not everybody is going to have a huge role with the team. However, it’s a good move on Nebraska’s part to at least give them an opportunity to do so.

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