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#14 Barron Miles
Position: Left Cornerback
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 165
Year: Senior
City/State: Roselle, N.Y.
High School: Abraham Clark

 

  • Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Inductee (2005)
  • Sixth-Round NFL Draft Pick (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1995)
  • Third-Team All-American (AP, 1994)
  • Honorable-Mention All-American (Football News, 1994)
  • New Jersey Sports Writers Association “College DB-of-the-Year" (1994)
  • First-Team All-Big Eight (AP, Coaches, 1994)
  • First-Team All-Big Eight (Coaches, 1993)
  • Nebraska Career Record with Seven Blocked Kicks
  • ESPN Nebraska Player-of-the-Game vs. Oklahoma State (1993)
  • Big Eight Defensive Player-of-the-Week vs. Oklahoma State (1993)
  • CNN/ESPN Play-of-the-Week for blocked punt and TD vs. Oklahoma State (1993)

Senior (1994)
Barron Miles earned third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press and honorable-mention All-America accolades from the Football News as a senior in 1994. He helped the Huskers capture the national title, while claiming the New Jersey Sports Writers Association College Defensive Back-of-the-Year award. He was also honored as a first-team All-Big Eight corner in 1993 and 1994. Despite those honors, Miles was probably the most underrated defensive back in the county in 1994. Miles finished 19th on the team in tackles with 40, 24 unassisted, with on fumble caused, four blocked kicks, 13 breakups and five interceptions.

 

Miles was the most valuable member of the NU special teams, he served as the backup punter on the road and even practice at quarterback earlier in the season when Frazier and Berringer were ailing.

Miles blocked a punt against UCLA, then two more the next week against Pacific. He followed that performance with two interceptions against Wyoming, both of which led to NU scores to help bring the Huskers from a 14-0 deficit to a 28-21 lead. Miles catapult his name into the national spotlight two weeks later when he recorded a school-record six pass breakups against Kansas State. Miles led the Blackshirts effort which limited the No.16 Wildcats to six points, minus seven rushing yard and 249 passing yards and was named the player-of-the-week by the Big 8, ABC/Chevrolet and Athlon. After the game, Coach Osborne said, “I though Barron made some great plays out there. He’s a phenomenal athlete.”

The next week against Missouri, Miles recorded his fourth interception of the season, had a career-long 27 yard return and caused a fumble. Miles’ 10th pass break up against Iowa State broke the Husker record for breakups in a season. Perhaps his best game of the season however, came in the final against Oklahoma. He blocked a crucial 33-yard field goal attempt by OU, on its longest drive of the game, marking his forth blocked kick in 1994 (school record) and seven of this career (school record, five punts, two field goals). Miles also recorded three PBUs, two in the fourth quarter, to extend his school season record to 13 and tie the career record at 19. He also had his fifth pickoff of the year (a mark which led the Big 8), stopping OU’s last drive of the game.

In the 1995 Orange Bowl Miles had 12 total tackles for the Blackshirt and broke up three passes in Tom Osborne’s first National Championship win.


Junior (1993)

A versatile athlete, Miles earned First-Team All-Big 8 honor by the conference coaches. He was sixth on the team in tackles with 50 stops, one for a 1-yard loss (vs. North Texas), five breakups and picked off the second interception of his career again Colorado. Miles had seven tackles and two breakups against UCLA when he was assigned to All-American J.J. Stokes. Miles, at 5-8, held the 6-4 1/2 Stokes to six catches for 65 yards and no TDs. Only one other team held Stokes scoreless in 1993.

His best kickoff went was 26 yards against UCLA. Miles blocked three kicks in 1993, including a field goal against North Texas; a punt in the end zone for a touchdown against Oklahoma State; and a partially-blocked punt against Iowa State. His block against the Cowboys was the CNN/ESPN Play-of-the-Week and with his career high eight tackles and one breakup, Miles was honored as Big Eight Defensive Player-of-the-Week, and the ESPN Player-of-the-Game. Against Florida State in the national championship game at the Orange Bowl, Miles had seven tackles, nine unassisted, and a 23-yard kickoff return.

Sophomore (1992)
One of three first-year players in the Husker secondary (joining Kareem Moss and Toby Wright). He served as backup to senior starter Kenny Wilhite at left cornerback and played in all 11 games and recorded 11 tackles, eight unassisted. Miles also recorded one pass breakup vs. Arizona State and his first career interception and a nine-yard return vs. Middle Tennessee State. Part of the backup team to return veterans Tyrone Hughes and Corey Dixon, Miles had a nine-yard punt return vs. Middle Tennessee State. Against Florida State in the Orange Bowl, Miles had one pass breakup and returned two kickoffs for 79 yards with a one return going for 48 yards.


Before Nebraska (Abraham Clark)
Miles started as an option quarterback an as a safety for Abraham Clark. In the New Jersey all-star game after his senior year in 1991, Miles ran a kickoff back 102-yards for a touchdown.

Personal
Majored in human development. Mother is Maime Miles, born on Jan. 1, 1972; the same day the Huskers defeated Alabama in the Orange Bowl 38-6 and claimed their second consecutive national championship.

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Tackles

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QB

Int.

Year

G

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

PI

Hry.

Csd.

1992 

10

8

3

11

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

1

0

0

1993

11

27

23

50

1-1

0-0

0-0

3*

5

1

0

0

1994

12

24

16

40

0-0

0-0

1-0

4

13

5

0

0

Totals

33

59

42

101

1-1

0-0

1-0

7

19

7

0

0

*includes a blocked punt vs. OSU which Miles also fell on in the end zone for a touchdown

Kickoff Returns: 3-64 in 1993, longest – 26 yards
Punt Returns: 1-9 in 1992, longest – 9 yards; 3-4 in 1993, longest 2 yards, 1 TD

1993 Orange Bowl: PBU – 1; Kickoff Returns: 2-79, longest 48 yards
1994 Orange Bowl: Tackles: 7 UT, 2 AT, 9 TT; Kickoff Returns: 1-23
1995 Orange Bowl: Tackles: 9 UT, 3 AT, 12 TT, TFL – 1-4; PBU - 3

 

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