Miller Named to Thorpe Award's Watch List


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Clemson, SC --- Clemson sophomore cornerback Justin Miller has been
named as one of the preseason candidates for the 2003 Jim Thorpe
Award. The Thorpe Award, which is named after one of the best
all-around athletes in history, is presented annually to the nation's
best defensive back.

Miller, who led the ACC and ranked fifth in the nation with
eight interceptions during his freshman season, is projected as one
of the nation's best defensive backs. The native of Kentucky
finished last season with 61 tackles, nine passes broken up, and two
fumbles caused.

The only true freshman to play for Clemson in 2002, Miller
excelled in the return game, taking his first kickoff all the way
back for a touchdown against NC State. He led the ACC with a Clemson
all-time record 35.1 yards per return. Earlier this summer he was
named a preseason candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Award, which is
given to the top defensive player in the nation.

The Thorpe "watch list" will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists
on November 3 and then to three finalists the Monday before
Thanksgiving. The finalists will gather at Disney World for the
College Football Awards Show on December 11 where the winner will be
announced on ESPN.


Players on the list have been named preseason All-American or
Honorable Mention All-American in at least six preseason football
magazines. A candidate must be listed as high as third-team
All-American in at least one publication or as a fourth-team or
honorable mention in at least three of these publications. Justin
Miller is listed as a first-team All-American by the Sporting News
and he is ranked as the number-two cornerback in the nation by that
publication.

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