How SUU came away with three NFL Draft prospects



“I trusted them; I trusted the coaching staff there and I saw that they also had a desire for me to reach my potential both as a man and as a football player,” Killebrew said. “My family obviously trusted them too. It was a family decision to go there. Coach Warren, coach (Aaron) Fernandez and of course coach Lamb, they all made an impression on me and my family that, hey, if I go to SUU, I’m going to be in an environment that I can be cultivated into becoming a better player and a better man.”

Killebrew finished the season third in tackles with 69 and also blocked a punt that he had returned for a touchdown that helped in the T Birds’ upset of then No. 1 Eastern Washington in October that year. Sims co led the defense with three interceptions, including one off future Oregon quarterback and 2016 draft prospect Vernon Adams in that Eastern Washington upset. He also broke up a potential game winning touchdown in the same never say die type fashion that won over SUU’s coaches on the recruiting trail.

“It wasn’t like we all went to the magic store, bought some magic beans and we all ate them and became good football players. It literally was the three of us working together, working often and working hard. It wasn’t an accident,” Killebrew said. “So we had to have the belief early on that we wanted to, first, work hard cheap jerseys
together and then, second of all, have a common goal in mind of being the best players we can be not only on our team, but in the conference and we wanted to be the best in the nation.”

“When we call recruits, we’re not spending the first five minutes telling them who SUU is and that we had three guys in the combine. You really don’t have to say that anymore,” said Warren, whom SUU promoted to head coach earlier this year after Ed Lamb left to become BYU’s assistant head coach in late December. “People who really care about football the real football players out there they know the names Miles Killebrew, LeShaun Sims and James Cowser. So the conversations are a little bit easier now, recruiting after these guys have gotten this much attention.”

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