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Smith Column: Myles, Fair follow dads to football

August 13, 2011

Starkville High

Sports Editor

Gabe Myles and David Fair are following in their fathers' footsteps as far as playing football.
On Saturday as members of the Starkville High School football team, Myles and Fair got the opportunity to play on the field where their fathers played collegiately.
The Yellowjackets scrimmaged against McComb during a jamboree hosted by New Hope High School at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
Eddie Myles, Gabe's dad, was a defensive back for the Bulldogs from 1987-90 and was a member of the All-Southeastern Conference Freshman Team in 1987.
David Fair, the father of David, also played at MSU from 1987-90 after his career as a running back for Starkville High School under coach Willis Wright. His career with the Bulldogs was cut short due to a knee injury.
Gabe Myles and David Fair Jr. have chosen different sides of the football to play than their fathers did.
While David Sr. was an outstanding running back, David Jr. plays on the defensive line for the Jackets and he's a pretty good one.
Eddie was a very talented defensive back for MSU, but Gabe showed his skills at quarterback for SHS against McComb.
Gabe scored the only touchdown for the varsity Jackets during the scrimmage as he scrambled for a 44-yard touchdown.
"He's going to be an electric player, no question about that, and is going to make big plays for us on offense," Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell said.
Gabe, who was the leading rusher for the Jackets with 76 yards on seven carries, completed 5-of-10 pass attempts for 35 yards with one interception.
He admitted to being a little nervous before the jamboree activity because it was being held at the field where his father played.
"I didn't want to eat my breakfast," Gabe said. "I was nervous, but it was just pregame jitters. (Father) told me to just go out, have fun and do your thing."
Gabe is only a junior and has some big shoes to fill with the graduation of Jaquez Johnson.
Starkville depended on Johnson for quite a bit offensively over the last few years and now it rests on Gabe's shoulders.
He wants to build off what he did on Saturday and was glad to do well on the big stage at MSU.
"It feels great," Myles said. "This is an SEC stadium. The best football is played here and I was able to score a touchdown."

Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.

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