Miller Named First-Team Freshman All-American
Miller led the ACC in interceptions this year.
Clemson, SC-Clemson cornerback Justin Miller has been named a
first-team freshman All-American according to the Football Writers
Association of America. The announcement was made Friday afternoon
from the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, the site of Friday's National
Championship game between Ohio State and Miami (FL).
This is the fourth first-team Freshman All-America selection
for Miller. Earlier he was named by The Sporting News,
Collegefootballnews.com and rivals.com.
The native of Owensboro, KY tied a Clemson record with eight
interceptions in 2002 and he will rank in the top 10 in the nation
and first in the ACC in that category when the final stats are
announced next week. He tied the Clemson single season mark of eight
also held by Robert O'Neal in 1989. Ironically, O'Neal was also a
first-year freshman that year.
Miller ended the year with eight interceptions and nine
passes broken up for 17passes defensed, tied for the team lead with
Brian Mance. Miller also contributed 61 tackles, including 43 first
hits. The tackle total was eighth on the team even though he started
just eight games.
He also had 456 yards on 13 kickoff returns for a 35.1
average. Although he did not have enough returns to qualify for the
NCAA stats, he did have enough to establish the Clemson single season
record for kickoff return average (min 10 attempts). His return
figures included an 80-yard return for a touchdown against NC State,
his first kickoff return as a Clemson Tiger.