By Trey McCurry.
TheClemsonInsider.com caught up with the 2011 ACC Player of the Year Brad Miller. Miller discusses the award, the team’s surge and much more!
On winning ACC Player of the Year:
It is an honor to be recognized for that. It has been a long year with a lot of ups and downs, but I think we have found our groove here and are excited to keep things going. One of the reasons I wanted to come to Clemson was watching Khalil Greene play when I was younger and then the tradition that has been established here. The seasons some of the greats put up were amazing and may never be touched, but it is an honor to bring another recognition back to Clemson. I just try to go out there everyday and play hard. I don’t try to get ahead of myself and just keep things as simple as I can. Clemson is just such a great place to play. You have some of the best guys in the country around you and that is really what makes this place special.
On his progression over the past year:
Obviously, we have been through a lot with the end of last season and then so far this season. I have just tried to be more mature as a player and more consistent every day. I really feel like I have really matured a lot, especially throughout my college career. You grow up on the field a lot and I am just having a lot of fun out there right now. I have just been trying to be aggressive and I think it has helped with not only my hitting but also in the field and on the bases. I feel really comfortable up there and am just trying to not give away any at-bats. I have been trying to take it one at-bat at a time and just lock in. It is a long season and you are going to have stretches where you are feeling better than others, but you just really have to take it one at-bat at a time.
On the last 10 weeks:
A lot was going through my mind back then. I was ready to get back out on the field with everybody. You can’t really control injuries like that. I think the main thing for me is that when I was healthy I was able to get back out there and contribute. I definitely did not try to take anything for granted and when I was able to get back out there, I tried to hit the ground running. I think it may have made me hungrier and I used the time off to realize just how much I loved playing out there with the guys. It allowed me to regroup and refocus and I was chomping at the bit to get back out there.