Jul 13, 2016 at 9:22 pm | Print View
IOWA CITY — Miles Taylor let out a little smile at the question. The term "brother" is used a lot in college football, and now it has a literal meaning for the Iowa strong safety.
Taylor welcomed a familiar face to summer workouts in June when his younger brother, Kyle, checked in.
“That’s my little brother, that’s my blood, I love him to death,” said Miles Taylor, a junior who’s entering his second year as a starter for the Hawkeyes. “I’ll always be there if he has a question, and he’ll always be there for me if I have a question.”
Kyle Taylor, a 6-2, 220-pound linebacker, is now a true freshman at Iowa. The brothers are from Silver Springs, Md., and played high school football at Gonzaga College High School.
They played football and worked out together. Miles opened a different door for Kyle when he served as the first emcee for poetry slams at Gonzaga. Kyle wrote and read poetry during his senior year at Gonzaga.
So, Miles Taylor knows he doesn’t have to lead his younger brother by the hand during his first months in Iowa City.
“I’m letting Kyle do his own thing,” Miles said Wednesday. “I’m letting him be a college kid and college athlete. I’m going to get on him sometimes, but the pressure isn’t there.”
Kyle Taylor probably will redshirt. Iowa linebackers will have a say in core special teams units this season, but junior Bo Bower, sophomore Jack Hockaday and redshirt freshmen Angelo Garbutt and Nick Wilson should be ready to help. Remember, linebackers coach and special teams assistant Seth Wallace said this spring that he’d like to decrease special teams duties for starting linebackers Josey Jewell and Ben Niemann.
Whatever happens, Kyle Taylor should be prepared for it, especially with an older brother there for some guidance.
“He knows what’s going to happen,” Miles Taylor said. “He knows what he’s going to experience during camp. He’s definitely ready, I think so.”
Speaking of older and younger brothers on the Iowa football team, Kyle Taylor will join incoming freshman Nick Niemann in the linebackers group. Yes, Nick is the younger brother of Ben Niemann, a junior who’s entering his second season as starting outside linebacker.
There’s even more coincidence here. Miles Taylor and Ben Niemann are great friends and were roommates last season. This summer, Kyle Taylor and Nick Niemann of course have become fast friends and are roommates.
Wallace started to see this friendship happen last summer during recruiting.
“Miles Taylor and Ben Niemann room together and are very, very good friends,” Wallace said. “That relationship has already started with Kyle, Miles’ brother, and Nick, Ben’s brother. That started well back in the summer when we had both of them here on campus at the same time.”
It’s funny how that works.
“They’re roommates now and good friends, which is kind of funny,” Miles Taylor said. “We just went out to eat with their family, which was really nice. We have a good brotherhood bond together.”
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