Interview: Vanderbilt's Gaston Miller

Running back Gaston Miller, a true freshman from nearby Murfreesboro Riverdale, made quite a splash in his collegiate debut Saturday against Temple. In fourth-quarter action, the elusive 5-foot-7, 170-pounder carried the ball 8 times for a net of 58 yards (averaging 7.3 yards per carry). He had this to say to VandyMania about his performance.

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VandyMania: Gaston, you saw the first action of your college career against Temple, and you were able to break off a couple of long runs. You had 58 yards rushing. You were able to show your speed a little bit. How did it feel?

Gaston Miller: Well, at first I was really anxious. I hadn't played at all before that point. I was told coming into the game that this might be my first chance to play. So I was a little bit anxious, just waiting to see what was going to happen. Coach Kenny Carter, my running backs coach, told me to warm up. Once I did that, I was ready.

VM: Some fans were surprised that you played, thinking that you would probably redshirt this season. Did you think at one point you were probably going to redshirt?

Gaston: No. It really just depended on the situation. Originally I thought I might redshirt, but the coaches explained to me that if they needed me to play, I would play. I played against Temple, and I think it was a good decision to put me in. I'm fine with going ahead and playing.

VM: The Temple game was a big win, but I'm sure Coach probably had a few things that he thought you could improve on. What kind of things did he say to the team in the locker room afterwards?

Gaston: Coach Johnson just told us that we could play a lot better. We're a lot better team than what we showed Saturday in the first half. He told us that it doesn't matter if we're playing Temple or Ohio State, that that was just unsatisfactory, because we weren't giving our best effort.


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