Above photo: Giles makes a tackle vs Hardin-Simmons (Photo by Russell Marwitz/True To The Cru/russellmarwitz.com)
BELTON- UMHB defensive end Kobe Giles has stepped away from football after a three-year career with the Cru.
A junior this past season, Giles contributed to a very strong defensive line, tallying 17 total tackles, eight of which were solo, and 3.5 tackles for loss. He added an interception in the road win over Howard Payne, and also tallied a pair of pass breakups. He played in 27 games during his collegiate career, seeing action in all five contests his freshman season.
“Today I stepped away from football for good,” Giles wrote on Twitter. “Beyond thankful for my teammates and coaches here at UMHB. The love that I have for this program is unexplainable. The last three years playing for this team has been amazing and I’ve made countless memories with the guys around me. I wish nothing but the best for the Cru and my brothers as they make another run at the title next year! Love forever and always…52 signing off.”
Giles said the decision to step away came as the result of a previous injury, suffered to his lower back during his sophomore year of high school. The native of Cuero, Texas, had been playing through the lingering injury since that point.
He had three tackles in the 2021 Stagg Bowl victory over North Central, and finishes his career with 41 total tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss. Having covered his progress since his freshman season, the team at True To The Cru thanks Giles for his contributions to the program and wishes him the best in the future. He represented UMHB football extremely well wearing the purple and gold.