The lights go out and an overhead projector illuminates the room. The Bingham football players, a group 20 strong that lines up on the defensive side of the ball, direct their attention to the screen and the session begins.
Sitting front and center, no more than a couple of feet from the screen, is Miners senior Durrant Miles, in his customary seat for the weekly film session.
It’s three days to kickoff, and Miles already is quite familiar with the footage he sees projected from the laptop computer at the back of the room. He’s already familiarized himself with Lone Peak’s offense, from players to personnel.
“I love watching film,” Miles said. “We have it online and it’s really accessible. Whenever I’m not doing anything, I’m watching film. I watch for two, maybe three hours a day, plus the time we spend here [at school].
“I like trying to key up what other people are doing.”
Miles has been a game film nut since he first entered Bingham’s program as a freshman. As he watches the film, edited to show each play from snap to whistle, typically in 8- to 10-second increments, he looks for weakness, for openings he can exploit later in the week.
Does the tight end run his route the same on a run play as a pass? Does the team always run when the tailback lines up even with the quarterback in the backfield? The film never lies.
“You can pick up reads on what linemen are doing or what running backs like to do,” Miles said. “I think it helps you out a lot. Especially when you are looking at down and distance and trying to see what a team’s bread-and-butter plays are.”
His hours of preparation off the field have made Miles a standout on it. The second-year starter, who already has committed to Boise State, leads the Miners with six sacks, and he scored his first career touchdown on an interception return against Layton earlier this season.
Bingham coach Dave Peck said the numbers only tell part of the story when measuring Miles’ impact on the team.
“I’ve been doing this a long time, and he is one of the best leaders I’ve ever coached,” Peck said. “He has bought into everything we’re trying to do and we can count on him. Effort-wise, film-wise, you name it, he just buys in. He’s a great kid.”
Peck has utilized Miles at both linebacker and defensive end. His 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame makes him big enough to rush the passer from a three-point stance. His quickness — he also has played basketball at Bingham — allows him to cover running backs and tight ends on passing routes.
And his football smarts make the transition from one position to another a smooth one.
“The energy level he brings to the team is right up there with anybody,” Peck said. “He’s such a good rush guy, we’ll have him put a hand down and try to put some pressure on the quarterback.
“As a linebacker, being 6-4, he makes it tough on quarterbacks trying to throw slants and quick ins.”
Miles is looking forward to a smooth transition to the college level as well. He can’t wait to call the blue turf at Bronco Stadium home.
“Everyone is so passionate about football up there,” said Miles, who will attend the Broncos’ game against Fresno State on Oct. 13. “It’s just a football community. I love everything about it. As soon as I went there, I knew that was where I wanted to go.”
• Bingham senior Durrant Miles prepares for opponents by watching 2 to 3 hours of game film a day.
• Miles lines up at linebacker and defensive end for the Miners, and he leads the team with six sacks.
• Coach Dave Peck calls Miles “one of the best leaders I’ve ever coached.”