I just talked with USC freshman running back Jarvis Giles. He laughed when I asked him about the rumors that he is considering transferring because of lack of playing time. Apparently he heard the rumor when a friend called him recently and asked him if he was leaving USC. He made it clear to me that he has no intention of being anywhere else next season.
“I don’t know where that (transfer rumors) came from,” Giles said from his Tampa home. ‘I’m straight. I just got to put some weight on and get faster. Everyone knows it is weight. College is tough. Running back is a hard thing. I know what I have to do. I’m going to work hard and come back bigger and stronger. I am going to be stronger and faster next season.”
Giles played in ten games this season and was not much of a factor during the final stretch of the year. He finished the season with 52 carried for 298 yards and one touchdown. He averaged over five yards a carry. He also had ten catches for 26 yards.
Giles said the team is disappointed with how things ended but said they remain confident they are ready to take that preverbal next step soon.
“You gotta crawl before you can walk,” he said. “It takes time. This offense can do big things. We know we can do it. You saw it at times, you know? I’m going to work hard and train hard. I’ll be ready”.
Giles said he will be heading back to Columbia later this week and he’s ready to start his next semester and begin training for next season. He will compete with Kenny Miles and Brian Maddox for the starting job next season. The Gamecocks are also recruiting highly touted Byrnes running back Marcus Lattimore and if he signs he will certainly factor into the running back mix as well.
Giles seemed like he was truly excited about coming back. We talked for about ten minutes and he kept telling me how hard he was going to work. He sounded like a guy that was motivated, not mad or bitter. I think this season was a learning experience for him.
I know there has been a lot of doom and gloom around the Gamecock football team since the bowl loss but I think it is safe to say you can cross the “Giles to transfer” rumor off the list.
Giles has a chance to good player. You saw it in flashes this year. He did average over five yards a carry and he may have the most raw talent of any of the running backs on the team. If he works as hard as he told me he was going to then next season should be a much better one for him.