Tye, it seems like the defense is really playing better these last three games. What do you attribute that to?
Hill: I attribute that to Coach Vic Koenning. He's been putting together a great scheme for us to go out and execute. He's given us chances to be successful; and like I told him after the Georgia Tech game, 'you called a great game.' The schemes were phenomenal. And anytime I feel like I go out there with a good scheme, it's a tribute to the coach. Anytime our defense plays great, it's a tribute to the coaches.
About your game personally: I know it's a very important year for you for obvious reasons, but it seems like you've been a more physical cornerback and a better tackler this year. Is that something you really tried to focus on in the offseason?
Hill: Well, I kind of focused on it a lot because of my size; for the offseason, yeah. I'm a little guy; we're not going to fool anybody. [laugh] People look at me and they think he's just a finesse corner. All he does is… He's going to cover, but he's not going to tackle you. Nah, I will tackle you. I don't want anybody to think I won't tackle you. I want to be known as a physical… I want to be known as a complete corner all across the board, and that's something I work hard on, and I'm trying to get better at it everyday.
Last year's game at Duke – obviously it has to be one of the most disappointing games of your career here. Can you use that as motivation? Obviously you guys have superior talent.
Hill: Oh, most definitely. Because we know we cannot take those guys for granted. This is the ACC, and I remember saying last year: on any given Saturday, you can lose. And it was proven last year when we lost to Duke. I feel… For me personally, I know I'm going to practice hard this week because I know we've got a good team coming in here, especially after looking at them on film.
You're 4-4 through the first eight games of the year. As far as team goals for the rest of this season, what's left on the table for you guys?
Hill: We're 4-4 right now; we've got three games left; so we talk about finishing 7-4 in the regular season. We want to finish the season strong, especially for guys like me, Jamaal, and Charlie. We're all seniors, and we want to go out on a high note. I don't want to end my Clemson career in two years without going to a bowl. I think the goal right now is to get into postseason play and play as hard and as strong as we can for the rest of the season.
Hard Work Pays Off for Hill
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