Former standout Myles Russ returns to RMU football

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Chris Mueller, Staff Writer

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The all-time leading rusher in Robert Morris history and one of the most decorated football players in the programs’ history, Myles Russ, has returned to the team this year as a Graduate Assistant to help coach the team’s running backs.

Racking up over 4,200 yards rushing in his career, Russ’s valuable experience enables him to mentor a young group of running backs that lack a significant big-play threat. With the addition of him to the coaching staff, the players have the ability to see first-hand the importance of reading blocks and developing their own running-style.

“One of the things I try to stress to the guys is to be their selves,” said Russ. “I don’t want to change their running styles, but I want to be able to help them see what Coach Walton is looking for individually.”

Not too long ago, Russ was leading the Colonials to a conference championship and playoff berth as the 2010 NEC Offensive Player of the Year.

“I know how the players are feeling right now.” he stated. “I went through camp and practice and know the long hours it takes to play in this program. I also played a lot of these same teams not too long ago so I feel like I can really relate to the players.”

According to sophomore fullback Ryan Thermil, a younger coach was just what the team needed. “We all loved Coach Dorsett, but since Miles is younger he really knows what we’re going through. He’s made my transition from linebacker to fullback a lot easier.”

As the running back finished setting records on the field, he still had a feeling that his football days weren’t quite over. When he heard that former running backs coach Sam Dorsett would not be returning this year, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to start his new career.

“I always wanted to come back to the game,” said Russ.  “When I heard about the opportunity, I   was happy to be able to come back and give to Robert Morris after everything they’ve given me. “

The RMU football program has really seemed to evolve since Russ’s playing career started as a freshman, and he has seen vast amounts of improvement over the last few years.

“I definitely give props to RMU’s President, Dr. Dell’Omo, and the athletic director [Dr. Craig Coleman]. They have done a lot of work to shape this program.” explained Russ. “I was jealous of last year’s homecoming game with the lights, and I am proud to be involved in the process going forward.”

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