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Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Knoch's Cody Milsom

Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Knoch running back Cody Milsom catches a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.

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Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 11:09 p.m.

As Knoch junior running back Cody Milsom can attest, a jersey number never makes the man, but it can force a player to embrace a certain mystique.

Milsom wears No. 5, a number donned by standout ball-carriers at Knoch for the past several years. Andrew Rumburg-Goodlin, a 2012 graduate who averaged 103 rushing yards per game, wore No. 5 as he paced a spread offense that reached the WPIAL finals in 2011. And before him was Tim McNerney, a 2008 graduate who holds Knoch's career rushing record and whose jersey number became a way to memorialize him after he was killed in 2012.

Prior to this season, Milsom, a returning starter at linebacker, did not factor on offense for the Knights. But this fall, he has emerged as Knoch's latest gifted gamechanger. Through three games, he has gained 362 and scored five TDs on 68 carries.

Q: How long have you been a No. 5?

A: My first year of being No. 5 was sophomore year. I was always a double-digit number (No. 22), but I just got thrown a jersey, and they told me to keep it. … I was going to go for a different number, but (the coaches) told me to keep it because they thought it'd fit — fit like suitable for me.

Q: Is there pressure that comes with that number?

A: I don't really look at it as pressure. I look at it as motivation to play hard like the previous No. 5's, Tim and Rummy.

Q: What were you expecting of yourself this year?

A: I didn't think I'd produce like how I am as of late. I just wanted to go out there and do what's best for my team, just be as productive as I possibly can.

Q: Which side of the ball do you like better?

A: Before this year, it was defense. I like hitting people. But I'm growing to love offense.

Q: How would you describe your running style?

A: I consider myself kind of a tough runner. I don't really know what my style is, but I definitely want to be a tough runner who needs multiple guys to bring me down.

Q: Have you gotten used to this playmaker role yet?

A: I'm settling in. I'm not all the way comfortable with it, but I'm getting there.

Q: Do you have a deal with your offensive lineman?

A: I'm pretty sure I'm going to take them out to the Fortune Star, a buffet. I said 200 yards in a game, but I'll probably end up doing it either way. I can't (succeed) without them.

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