Justin Miller Named Preseason All-American
|Friday, June 13, 2003 11:51 AM-|
CLEMSON, S.C.-Sophomore cornerback Justin Miller has been named a
preseason first-team All-American for the 2003 season by The Sporting
News. The publication cited Miller as the second-best cornerback in
Miller, a native of Owensboro, KY, was a unanimous freshman
All-American last year after leading the ACC and ranking fifth in the
nation with eight interceptions. He tied the Clemson freshman record
for passes defensed with 17 and the overall record for interceptions
in a season, records set by Robert O'Neal in 1989. Miller also had
61 tackles and caused two fumbles during his freshman campaign. He
led the ACC in interceptions and kickoff return average (35.1). His
kickoff return average was the third highest in ACC history.
In addition to Miller's honors, three other Tigers were
mentioned among the best at their respective positions by the
publication. Derrick Hamilton, who is the only Clemson player to
catch over 100 passes in his first two seasons, was ranked as the No.
16 wide receiver in the nation. John Leake, who ranked in the top
five nationally last year in total tackles with 169, was cited as the
No. 17 outside linebacker in the country. Aaron Hunt, who needs 65
points to become Clemson's all-time leading scorer, was ranked as the
nation's 15th-best kicker.
The Clemson wide receiving corps was listed as the nation's
eighth-best unit. That group will be led by Hamilton and Kevin
Youngblood, who combined for 111 catches last season. Youngblood was
listed as the most physical receiver in the ACC. Quarterback Charlie
Whitehurst, who established several records in his freshman year, was
dubbed as having the ACC's strongest arm.
Preseason All-ACC teams were also announced in the
publication. Hamilton and Miller garnered first-team honors.
Khaleed Vaughn, Donnell Washington and John Leake were listed as
Clemson will kick off its season at home on August 30 in a
matchup against defending SEC Champion Georgia.