So while some might see this as a pressure-packed moment for Miller, it's just another chance for the sophomore to put his ability on display.
"It's still just the same game," Miller said. "I'll just go out there and play."
"To other people, it might seem like I feel pressure. But to me, it's an opportunity I've been really wanting. I just feel like now, I've got to go out there and just take it. It's in my hands now. I've just got to do something with it."
Miller touched on that, as well as the talks he and Keith Tandy (who earned his first career start when he replaced Hogan for the 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl) have had about jumping into the lineup in a big game, in this interview.
The cornerback also discussed a disagreement he had with Stewart at one point in practice Saturday, which led to a brief shouting match and Miller being pulled to the side of the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility by defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, cornerbacks coach Dave Lockwood and senior leader J.T. Thomas.
"Everything's good," Miller said of the incident. "They just showed me, you know, it's a bowl game. We're taking a different approach. We ain't got time for that.
"It's showing on both parts, though. The coaches really want to make the players work, and the players really do want to work. That's why some players came and spoke to me."
Miller and Stewart resolved the issue by the end of practice, hugging each other as they came off the field after the two hour workout.
Pat Miller Interview