Daily News Q&A: Woodland Hills' Miles Sanders
Woodland Hills just keeps running out the talent.
Recognized in recent years for having the most active NFL players, Woodland Hills (4-2, 4-1 Quad Central Conference) will be seeking its fifth consecutive victory on Friday at Canon-McMillan after starting the year 0-2.
One reason for the surging Wolverines' success is the play of sophomore running back Miles Sanders, who is coming off a career-high 247-yard rushing effort in a 42-21 victory over Baldwin.
The 6-foot, 183-pound Sanders, who scored three touchdowns in the latest victory, with 869 yards has surpassed his rushing total of more than 700 during his freshman year in 2012.
Q: What's the past two years been like for you, personally, as a young player in such a prominent role?
A: It's been an honor just playing for Woodland Hills and being a part of the team the way I was as a freshman last year. I just want to keep it going.
Q: Do you have a favorite player, possibly someone you try to emulate?
A: My cousin, Josh Powell, used to play at Woodland Hills. I watched how he went about things as a senior. He graduated in 2009. That's when I used to come to all the games. I also have learned a lot from our running backs coach, James Whitehurst.
Q: How does it make you feel to be playing for a legendary figure, such as coach (George) Novak, and for a high school that has produced so many great football players?
A: Just knowing that I can probably make it somewhere playing for this team, I want to keep doing what I need to do. I'm a good student and I'm doing my work. I'm just trying to do what I can to make something happen, to reach my future goals, which start with going to college.
Q: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
A: If it could be anybody, it might be (Steelers coach) Mike Tomlin.
Q: What type of music do you listen to the most?
A: Hip hop. But I listen to a lot of different stuff. I like Michael Jackson's music.
Q: What is your favorite college football team?
A: Florida State. I like how they play. And then, there's the ACC. My big brother (Brian Sanders) just always wanted to go to Florida State.
Q: What have you been able to learn from the older guys on your team?
A: Right now, our team is really together. We started off slow, but we just kept saying that we'll start winning. And we have.