Q&A with Justin Miller

"We just have to execute. we've done it before. We executed well down at Georgia Tech and we did again against Virginia," Justin Miller said in regards to the Tigers' chances in Raleigh Thursday evening.


Justin, how are excited are you just in general playing on a Thursday night on national television?
Miller: Oh we're real excited. We get to get out there and play a quality opponent and a great team in front of the nation Thursday night. The team is definitely looking forward to it, no doubt.

N.C. State has Philip Rivers, T.A. McLendon, and Jerricho Cotchery- that's a lot of weapons on offense. How do you stop those guys Thursday?
Miller: We just have to execute. we've done it before. We executed well down at Georgia Tech and we did again against Virginia. We just need to execute our gameplan at a high level and all that means is that we have to go out on the field and just do it. I think it will be important for us to that early in the game.

It's been a short week of practice for you guys this week, can you talk about some of the adjustments to your normal routine that have been made?
Miller: It's a little shorter. We went out Sunday with a light practice, and yesterday we went out in shells and today we'll probably go out in shorts so it changes things up a little bit playing on Thursday. The big thing is that everything is more fast paced so you have to catch onto things a little more quickly.

You hear people talk about the fact that Clemson hasn't played well on national television the last few years. From your perspective, does that ever enter into your mind on gameday?
Miller: Nah, not really. By the time I hit the field I'm not thinking about anything like that. All I'm doing is trying to get out there and perform at a high level.

If you guys didn't beat Virginia last weekend, would you guys still have the same sort of swagger that seems to be engulfing this team now?
Miller: No, I don't think so. I think that game gave us a lot of confidence that will hopefully carry over through this week. That was a big win for us, especially with the way we won it.

N.C. State really handled you guys last year, how much do use that as a motivating factor this week?
Miller: It goes into it a lot. We all want to be very intense and focused out there to make sure that the same thing doesn't happen all over again this year. We know we just have to go out there and play hard and make sure we execute early in the game. At the same time, we don't really focus on the past too much, this year is a new year with different players and everything else.


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