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Miles Killebrew
S #35
Height:
6-2
Weight:
222
Age:
24
College:
Southern Utah
Hometown:
Henderson, NV
Experience:
2

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Biography

Joined the Lions in 2016 as a fourth-round draft pick out of Southern Utah, becoming the highest draft pick in the school's history. Appeared in all 16 games as a rookie and picked off his first pass of the season against Saints QB Drew Brees.

MANE FACTS

  • Pronunciation: KILLA-brew

TRANSACTIONS

  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

PRO
Joined the Lions in 2016 as a fourth-round draft pick out of Southern Utah, becoming the highest draft pick in the school's history. Appeared in all 16 games as a rookie and picked off his first pass of the season against Saints QB Drew Brees.

2016: Made his NFL debut by contributing on special teams in Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11).

  • Played 17 snaps on special teams in Week 3 at Green Bay (9/25).
  • Recorded his first NFL tackle in Week 4 at Chicago (10/2).
  • Played 19 snaps on special teams and six on defense in Week 6 vs. Los Angeles (10/16).

  • Contributed on both defense and special teams, recording one tackle in Week 7 vs. Washington (10/23).
  • Made an impact on special teams in Week 8 at Houston (10/30) by recording two tackles (one solo).
  • Continued to make his presence known on special teams in Week 9 at Minnesota (11/6), tallying two tackles against the Vikings return men.
  • Totaled a career high five tackles (four solo) in Week 11 vs. Jacksonville (11/20).
  • All over the field in Week 12 vs. Minnesota (11/24), contributing four solo tackles on defense and one on special teams. Two of his four solo tackles came on crucial third-down stops in the second half of Detroit’s 16-13 win over the visiting Vikings.
  • Picked off Saints QB Drew Brees late in the fourth quarter of Week 13 at New Orleans (12/4) for his first career interception that secured Detroit’s eighth victory of 2016. Added two solo tackles on defense and one on special teams.
  • Recorded one tackle on defense and one on special teams in Week 15 at New York Giants (12/18).
  • Tallied one special teams tackle in a Week 16 Monday Night showdown at Dallas (12/26).
  • Registered four total tackles (three solo) in Week 17 vs. Green Bay (1/1).
  • Recorded one solo tackle in the final game of his rookie campaign, the NFC Wild Card Game at Seattle (1/7).

COLLEGE
By the end of his career at Southern Utah, Killebrew emerged as a leader on one of the stingiest defenses in the FCS. Killebrew finished his career with 356 tackles (210 solo), six and a half tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions, seven pass defenses and two defensive touchdowns. He was named All-Big Sky Honorable Mention twice (2012, 2013), All-Big Sky Second Team once (2014) and All-Big Sky First Team once (2015).

2015: As a senior for the Thunderbirds, Killebrew was recognized as a leader on and off the field by being selected as a team captain. Killebrew led the team with 132 tackles (74 solo). Was named to the All-Big Sky First Team for defense and recognized on the All-Big Sky Second Team for his contributions on special teams.

2014: Played in all 12 games and finished second on the team with 101 tackles (62 solo). He also recorded two tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and three interceptions. Was named to the All-Big Sky Second Team for defense.

  • Notched a season-high 15 tackles and returned an interception 105 yards for a touchdown against Nevada.

2013: Earned all-Big Sky honorable mention after totaling 54 tackles (32 solo), four and a half tackles for loss, two passes defended and two fumble recoveries.

  • Returned a fumble 89 yards for a touchdown, the second longest fumble return in Southern Utah history.
  • Notched eight tackles against UC Davis, his highest total for the season.
  • Recorded seven tackles in three games against Sacramento State, Portland State and Weber State.

2012: Started all 11 games at strong safety and was one of the most productive players on defense after finishing third on the team with 69 tackles (42 solo). Was also adept defending the pass, leading the team with five pass defenses. He finished the season on the Rice Award watch list and earned Honorable Mention all-Big Sky honors.

  • Recovered a fumble 49 yards for a touchdown vs. New Mexico Highlands.
  • Was named national freshman of the week by The Sports Network following the New Mexico Highlands game.

2011: Redshirted.

PERSONAL
Played running back and wide receiver in high school. Carried the ball 86 times for 392 yards and five touchdowns. Had three receiving touchdowns. Tallied 77 tackles with three sacks and six interceptions while playing as a defensive back. Earned all-state and all-city honors and won defensive MVP.

  • Two-time first-team all-league and academic all-state honoree in high school.
  • Nevada African-American student union Top-One Percenter.
  • Parents are Lisa and David Killebrew.

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