Spiller Speaks Out

CLEMSON - Junior running back C.J. Spiller met briefly with the media Tuesday after arriving back on campus for the start of classes.


Less than a week after playing in the Gator Bowl, Clemson running back C.J. Spiller still has not made up his mind in regards to the NFL.

And Tuesday afternoon, after the team's first meeting of 2009 on campus, he did little to reveal his intentions.

"I haven't checked my mailbox. I'm going to check it when I get home to see what came through (from the NFL)," he told a group of reporters gathered outside the McFadden Auditorium. "I haven't seen the evaluation and I know there is a lot of speculation out there. Hopefully it will be in my mailbox when I get home and I'll go from there."

Spiller said he talked to head coach Dabo Swinney earlier today, but that was more for Swinney to feel out the situation than anything else.

"Yes I talked to Coach Swinney earlier," he said. "He was trying to get a feeling on where I stand. "It's going to be pretty soon. You've got school. You've got track. As soon as I have my mind made up I'll let my mom know then Coach Swinney know."

Until then, Spiller said he's going to try and go through his normal routine, which includes class.

"I'm just a normal student," he said. "I'm going to try and get the Dean's List again and get my GPA higher."

Spiller later said whatever the NFL says will only be part of the decision.

"It's just a piece of the puzzle," he said. "You get a lot of guys who get information back who think they are going somewhere but they don't. A prime example would be Brady Quinn, who thought he was going to in the first 10 picks and then he fell all the way down into the 20's."

When asked if he was projected as a first-round pick, would it be hard for him to stay and he responded by saying, "Not really. It's a big different between a top 15 and a late first round [pick]. There's a big difference."

A handful of other juniors also sent in paperwork to the NFL to see where they would be drafted. Junior center Thomas Austin confirmed afterwards he had no intention of leaving Clemson early.

Jacoby Ford said he's still waiting to hear back and is still undecided.

Junior bandit end Ricky Sapp also said he's coming back for his senior season.

Junior corners Crezdon Butler and Chris Chancellor also submitted paperwork to the draft advisory committee, but were unavailable for comment. Both are expected back at Clemson next year as well.

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