Les Miles’ return to college football is definitely exciting, but it could be a family affair. His son, Manny Miles, is transferring from the University of North Carolina for his final season of eligibility.
The former Tar Heel quarterback announced his intention to leave UNC on his personal Twitter account. Miles will graduate in the spring and will be eligible to play right away as a graduate transfer. His name is already in the transfer portal and is searching for a new place to play college football.
Miles’ decision to leave Chapel Hill is due to the quarterback competition that new head coach Mack Brown has brought to the team. Last year’s starting quarterback Nathan Elliott returns for Coach Brown, but he was ineffective for most of the year and only threw 11 touchdowns. Chaz Surratt has experience as a starting quarterback, but he missed most of last season due to suspension and injury. In his only game action of the season, Surratt threw three interceptions against Miami with two of those being returned for touchdowns.
US Army All-American Sam Howell signed with the Tar Heels during the early signing period and should compete for the starting job right away. He plays with great poise and composure, which is something the Tar Heels have missed since Mitchell Trubisky left early for the NFL.
The crowded quarterback room at North Carolina made it easy for Miles to leave the program.
A reunion with his dad at the University of Kansas is not out of the question. Last year’s starting quarterback Peyton Bender has graduated, leaving Carter Stanley as the only quarterback on the roster with more than 500 career passing yards. Miles does not much experience himself as he has only completed three passes in his entire career.
One of those completions was a 38-yard touchdown pass to Jake Bargas to end the first half against Western Carolina. Miles might want to transfer somewhere else to win a starting job in his final collegiate season, but a reunion with his dad at Kansas is possible.