Mr. Versatile: Starkville's Myles doesn't mind trying something new at MSU

Gabe Myles
Staff Writer

There might not be a more capable player on the Mississippi State roster to handle something new than Gabe Myles.
At Starkville High, Myles played wide receiver, running back and quarterback as he helped lead the Yellowjackets to the Class 5A State title in 2012 as a senior. He was signed by the Bulldogs as a cornerback, but coach Dan Mullen felt his playmaking ability was being wasted on the defensive side.
After being moved to wide receiver for his redshirt freshman year, Myles caught 22 passes in 2014 for 178 yards. He followed that up with 12 catches for 175 yards last year though he missed three games due to injury.
All of that work was done at slot receiver, a position that he grew comfortable with. As he’s grown accustomed, however, he has to maintain the versatility as this year, he’ll be working on the outside.
“The blocking is not near as hard because I don’t have to block linebackers anymore,” Myles said of moving outside. “It’s always a one-on-one battle so I think it’s a challenge every time you come out there. My mindset is to win this down.”
For more on Myles and the Bulldogs, see Thursday's Starkville Daily News.