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Miles Beach, the Wolf Pack's starting left tackle, has retired

Miles Beach
Miles Beach, who was projected as Nevada's starting left tackle this season, has retired. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Miles Beach, the Wolf Pack's starting left tackle, has retired, leaving a void at one of the most important positions on the Union.

Beach, a fifth-year senior, started all 13 games last season and appeared in 34 games (15 starts) in his Nevada career, which began with a redshirt year in 2016. Beach, a three-time All-Mountain West academic honoree, graduated in the spring with an undergraduate degree in public health. The reason for Beach's retirement was not immediately known, but the Wolf Pack told Nevada Sports Net he was no longer with the program after his name was removed from the online roster.

Beach came to Nevada as a tight end before switching to the offensive line in the middle of the 2017 season. His offensive line career began at guard before kicking out to left tackle last season following a season-ending injury to Jake Nelson where Beach was asked to protect the blindside of quarterback Carson Strong.

Beach was one of Nevada's steadiest offensive linemen in 2019 and was ranked by NSN as the team's 12th-most important player in 2020. The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder from Los Gatos, Calif., Beach has worked hard over the years to put on the weight to play offensive line. Beach suffered a shoulder injury late in fall camp last season and played through that much of the year. Playing for Nevada was highly meaningful for Beach, who got a tattoo of the Battle Born logo on his right arm during his career.

"The reason I got it is Nevada was my only offer," Beach said last year. "I came out of high school and was lucky enough to get an offer straight out of high school, so I came here right away. I was overlooked by every other school. My hometown school didn't offer me. That meant a lot me, and plus the fact I've been here for four years and I've committed and played and traveled and gone across the world for this team. It's kind of like this place has given me an idea of what I want to do and it's setting me up for my future, so it's really the starting point to my entire career after this. I owe the world to Nevada."

Losing Beach is a significant hit to the Wolf Pack offensive line, which struggled last season, especially in the run game where it ranked bottom nine in the nation in rushing yards per game and rushing yards per attempt. Nevada also ranked 103rd nationally (out of 130 teams) in sacks allowed per game. Beach was penciled in as Nevada's starting left tackle as late as August when offensive coordinator Matt Mumme was discussing the Wolf Pack's offense.

Despite losing Beach, the Wolf Pack will return four starting offensive linemen, including Nate Brown, Aaron Frost, Gray Davis and Nathan Edwards. Tyler Orsini and Jermaine Ledbetter also started games last season.

Frost is expected to move from guard to tackle this season and could shift over to left tackle after being ticketed for right tackle. Brown, who has 26 career starts, was expected to move to guard after starting at tackle last season, so he could bookend the tackle spot with Frost.

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