Miller Ready for the Spotlight

If you follow recruiting closely, you might remember that freshman cornerback Justin Miller has no issues talking about his abilities as a playmaker on the football field. The Owensboro, Kentucky native will be one of the top reserves to see the field this Saturday against Louisiana Tech.

In an interview this past April, incoming freshman Justin Miller left us with some intriguing words. "I'm Mr. Do Everything!" exclaimed one of the Tigers top recruits from the 2002 class.

This Saturday, he'll have the chance to prove it. Miller will move onto the second team at cornerback behind Kevin Johnson due to Toure Francis' season ending knee injury after just 12 plays of action Saturday night against Georgia.

But don't worry about a true freshman playing in his first game against a team that put the ball in the air 66 times last week. "If I need to go in, then I'll be ready to play," said an enthusiastic Miller. "When you play Louisiana Tech you are playing against a high octane offense and the DB's are going to get tired and I know that we will have to rotate. They let me know that I have to ready to play Saturday."

Miller saw two plays of action in Athens last Saturday night, but after Francis went down, he knew that more playing time was likely in his future. "I was disappointed that he went out, but I was excited because I knew that I'd have the opportunity to play," said Miller.

While a lot of the so called "experts" thought the Tigers' secondary would be a weak point this season, this true freshman maintains that a tremendous number of positives were taken away from their overall performance in Athens.

"We all really wanted to win that game really bad, and we were all disappointed that we lost, but I think our defense gained a lot of confidence. A lot of people put us down that we were one of the worst secondaries in the ACC right in front of Duke. But we came out there and played, our defense came out and held them to 203 yards. I really think we've taken a lot of confidence from that game," said Miller.

Getting out onto the field for the first time in front of packed house can be quite an intimidating experience for a true freshman, but Miller seems to take it all in stride.

"I think it was more excitement out there than nervousness. I thought I would be real nervous getting on the field, but in the pregame warm-ups I was real relaxed. Once I got in the game and actually got in and made a tackle I felt like I could relax and feel more comfortable about everything," said Miller.

"You know when you go against our receivers in practice, you go up against one of the best receiving corps in the nation. It helped me not be too nervous going against guys like Fred Gibson and Terrance Edwards."

Miller also knows that Louisiana Tech is no cream puff, especially after quarterback Luke McCown completed 38-of-66 passes for almost 450 yards and 3 touchdowns last week in a upset win over Oklahoma State.

"If they come out ready to play and we're not, it will be a dog fight Saturday. We all know that they are great passing team, so we are going to have to ready. Everybody will have to ready to do their part."

We'll find out who's ready and who isn't in just 4 more days when the Tigers take on Louisiana Tech in Death Valley. Top Stories