Oct. 16, 2002
Clemson starting cornerback Kevin Johnson has been dismissed from the Clemson team. Head Coach Tommy Bowden made the announcement on Wednesday.
“Kevin Johnson has been dismissed from the team for the remainder of the season for a violation of team rules in a matter related to academics,” said Bowden.
Johnson had started five off the first six games and had 17 tackles and three passes broken up. He did not have an interception. The native of Orangeburg, SC started eight of the 10 games he played in during the 2001 season and had 41 tackles and one interception. He played 12 games as a freshman in 2000 and made 16 tackles, most of which came on special teams.
Justin Miller, a first-year freshman from Owensboro, KY, will start in Johnson’s place at cornerback on Saturday against Wake Forest. Miller is the only first-year freshman to play this season and he has 19 tackles in six games.
He has two interceptions, second on the team, and has four passes broken up for six total passes defensed, also second on the team. This will be Miller’s first start on defense. He started on offense in the victory over Louisiana Tech. He has played 155 snaps on defense so far this year compared to the 247 for Johnson. Sophomore Ryan Hemby will serve as Miller’s backup at cornerback.
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