Justin Miller Named Preseason All-American


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The Sporting News cited Miller as the second-best cornerback in the nation.
The Sporting News cited Miller as the second-best cornerback in the nation.

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

the nation.

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

second-team selections.

Clemson will kick off its season at home on August 30 in a

matchup against defending SEC Champion Georgia.

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