Miller Named to Nagurski Watch List


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Miller  ranked fifth in the nation in interceptions last year with eight.
Miller ranked fifth in the nation in interceptions last year with eight.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FWAA) --Clemson sophomore cornerback Justin Miller

is one of 36 defensive players from across the nation named to the

preseason Watch List for the Bronko Nagurski Award.

The award, named after Hall of Famer and University of Minnesota and Chicago Bears star Bronko Nagurski, recognizes the best all-around defensive players throughout the year with the Bronko Nagurski Player of the Week. In November, five finalists will be selected by the FWAA All-America committee and the trophy will be presented to the winner at a banquet on December 8 in Charlotte, N.C.

Miller ranked fifth in the nation in interceptions last year with

eight. That tied a Clemson single season record. In addition to

leading the ACC in interceptions, he also led the conference in

kickoff return average. He had 17 passes defensed for the year to

rank in a tie for team honors with Brian Mance, and he finished the

season with 61 total tackles. Miller was a first-team freshman

All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.

The Watch List serves as guide to the best players in the game and is updated each week during the college football season. It is the 11th

straight year the FWAA has honored the Defensive Player of the Year.

Terrell Suggs of Arizona State was the recipient last year.

The 800-member Football Writers Association of America selects the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list candidates, identifies the players of the week and names the trophy winner. The Charlotte Touchdown Club, a non-profit organization that raises funds for scholarships, has presented the trophy each year since 1995.

The following 36 players make up the 2003 Watch List:

Tim Anderson, DL, Ohio State

Jason Babin, DL, Western Michigan

Atari Bigby, DB, Central Florida

Michael Boulware, LB, Florida State

Jamaal Brimmer, DB, UNLV

Jorge Cordova, DE, Nevada

Karlos Dansby, LB, Auburn

Rod Davis, LB, Southern Miss

Brandon Everage, DB, Oklahoma

Matt Grootegoed, LB, USC

Claude Harriott, DE, Pittsburgh

Tommie Harris, DT, Oklahoma

Derrick Johnson, LB, Texas

Jason Kaufusi, DL, Utah

Brandon Kennedy, DT, North Texas

Teddy Lehman, LB, Oklahoma

Jim Leonhard, DB, Wisconsin

Justin Miller, CB, Clemson

Kirk Morrison, LB, San Diego State

Antwan Odom, DE, Alabama

Philip Perry, DE, San Jose State

David Pollack, DE, Georgia

Etric Pruitt, DB, Southern Miss

Bob Sanders, DB, Iowa

Stuart Schweigert, FS, Purdue

Darrion Scott, DL, Ohio State

Richard Seigler, LB, Oregon State

Isaac Sopoaga, DT, Hawai'i

Derrick Strait, DB, Oklahoma

Marcus Tubbs, DT, Texas

Kenechi Udeze, DE, USC

Jonathan Vilma, LB, Miami

Courtney Watson, LB, Notre Dame

Corey Webster, CB, LSU

Grant Wiley, LB, West Virginia

Madieu Williams, CB, Maryland

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