Q&A with Justin Miller
Would you call this rivalry, "nasty?"
Miller: Yeah, I would. (laughing) It gets kind of nasty. It's a rivalry game so both teams really want to win, there are a lot of late hits, and people talking trash, stuff like that. But all that is a part of football.
Coach Bowden showed some emotion at his press conference on Tuesday, do you have any thoughts about that?
Miller: All that is, is his desire to win. I think it's only because of the fact that we've got a lot of talent and we may not have executed the little things here and there to help us a win a few more football games. We should have won the N.C. State game. A play or two here or there and we win that game and we already have our 8 wins this season.
You had a huge week last week with the punt return and an interception. Can you talk about how it feels to finally be making some big plays for this team again?
Miller: It feels good. It kind of reminded of last year and some of the things I was able to do to help this team win games. That's my goal every week, is to help the team win games.
This rivalry game is so big to so many people in the this state. How do you view this game personally? Do you think you could you lose this game and still have a successful season?
Miller: Yeah, I think we can. I realize that a lot of people in this state thinks that whoever wins this game has a better season, but I try not to get all caught up in all that and just go out there and execute. It would be the same thing if we were playing Florida State or anybody else.
Do you view a game like this like a Florida State type of game?
Miller: Yeah, I think it's the same type of environment, except it's on the road. We will be playing in a hostile environment. I just think though it all boils down to execution. If we go out and execute at a high level from beginning to end then we'll do what we need to do. The fans can't play the game for us. It all comes down to how the players on the field execute.
I know you haven't played in Columbia before, but what have you heard about the atmosphere at Williams-Brice stadium, and what did you learn about this rivalry after playing in it last year?
Miller: The rivalry is very exciting. The fans are real intense and the fans of both schools love both of their teams. The Gamecocks love their Gamecocks and the Tigers love their Tigers. As far as what I've heard about their place, all I hear is about that rooster or little chicken going off all the time. But it's just a matter of executing so we don't have to hear that thing.
What about that orange and purple uniform combination from last week...did you have anything to do with that?
Miller: I liked it a little bit. They asked me what I thought. I wanted either all purple or orange and purple.
Is there any chance we see all purple in a bowl game possibly? Any rumors of that going around?
Miller: (laughing) Hopefully. I wish we would, but I don't know.
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