Miller Named to Sporting News Freshman All-America Team


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Miller Named to Sporting News Freshman All-America Team

Clemson, SC--Clemson cornerback Justin Miller has been named a

first-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News. Miller led

Clemson and ranks seventh in the nation in interceptions per game

with seven in his 12 contests. He also leads the ACC in that

category.

Miller did not become a starter until the Wake Forest game on

October 19, but he has come on strong over his six games as a

starter. He had five interceptions and nine total passes defensed

over that six-game period. He also became one of the most feared

kick return men in the ACC during that time. He has 11 kickoff

returns for 407 yards for the season, all over the last six contests.

That included an 80-yard return for a touchdown against NC State.

For the season, Miller has 56 tackles, including a season

high 12 against NC State and 10 against Wake Forest. His 37-yard

kickoff return average leads the team. A three-time ACC Rookie of

the Week selection, Miller was second in the voting for ACC Rookie of

the Year honors. He had two interceptions against Maryland, the

only Clemson player with two interceptions in a game this year.

Clemson's only first-year freshman to see playing time this

year needs just one interception in the Mazda Tangerine Bowl to tie

the Clemson single season interception record. Robert O'Neal had

eight interceptions in 1989. Ironically, he was a first-year

freshman that season.

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