Miller's All-Around Game vs. NC State
|Saturday, October 30, 2004 7:22 PM-|
Clemson all-purpose player Justin Miller added to his resume of accomplishments in Clemson's victory over NC State. The junior who is a cornerback by trade, had two interceptions to lead the Tiger
defense to a six-turnover game. He also contributed three punt
returns for 37 yards to help in the special teams area.
For the first time since his first play as a Tiger against Louisiana Tech in 2002, Miller played on offense in addition to
defense. He caught one pass on a shovel pass for seven yards in
that 2002 game with Louisiana Tech, the first play of his Clemson career.
In Saturday's game against NC State, Miller played three snaps on offense. He ran the ball for three yards, then threw a pass for two yards to quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. He was also in on another play, but was not the intended receiver.
Thus, Miller intercepted the ball, completed a pass, rushed
the ball and punted the ball against NC State. It marked the first
time a Clemson player had done all four of those statistical entries in the same game since Don King did all four against Presbyterian in
1954. It just so happened that the Clemson Athletic Department had
picked the NC State game to honor the 1954 team for its 50-year anniversary season, and King was back at Death Valley for the reunion today.
King had 2-10 rushing completed 2-3 passes for 42 yards and a touchdown passing, had 2-16 on punt returns and one interception for no return yards in that Presbyterian game that opened the 1954 season.
It was one of two unusual occurrences involving homecomings
of former Clemson players today. Leroy Hill tied the Clemson record
for consecutive games with a quarterback sack when he had a first half sack today. It was the fifth straight game the senior linebacker had recorded a sack, tying the record held by Chester McGlockton (1990-91) and Keith Adams (1999). McGlockton was present at today's game, the first time in many years he has been able to come to a Clemson game. The former All-Pro played professionally in the NFL through last season.