September 30, 2009

Milliner talks Tide, season

It's been a difficult start to the season for Stanhope Elmore star Demarcus Milliner. After several tough losses to open the season, Milliner was sidelined with an injury last week. Luckily, the injury turned out to be minor.

"I hurt myself last week going for an interception. I ended up landing funny and had to sit out the rest of the game. It's really just some bruising so I will be ready to go this week."

"We've had a rough start for sure. We're a young team and we're starting to figure things out a little more every week on both sides of the ball. It's all about how you finish, not how you start so we are confident that we can finish the season as a better team."

The nation's No. 1 cornerback prospect for the class of 2010 committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide early on and has stuck by his decision despite plenty of schools continuing to pursue him. Last week, Milliner was in Tuscaloosa to watch his future team in action against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

"I went to the game against Arkansas last week and it was a lot of fun. We had to deal with the rain most of the morning but it stopped just in time for the game and Alabama really got a chance to show what a good team they are. I love how these young guys have all come together as a team so quickly. To me that says that the future of the program is really bright."

"It was about as dominant a performance as you can imagine from the defense. That was one of the best offenses in the country and Alabama just absolutely shut them down. A huge part of that was the secondary and the way they hardly ever gave up an uncontested catch. That's something I'm excited to be a part of in the future."

Milliner's younger brother Pat Milliner has also been a bright spot for Stanhope Elmore this season making plays at both running back and wide receiver.

"My brother is a really great young player and he's got every bit as much talent as me if not more. He's already hearing from Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn and Clemson so I'm sure he's going to end up at a major program as well."

As for the elder Milliner brother, he plans on attending at least three more games in Tuscaloosa this season and said he feels as if he's already becoming a part of the team.

"I plan on being at all the rest of Alabama's home SEC games. I am already so passionate about this team and I'll be cheering them on all season. I think they've got a chance to do something really special this year. I just can't wait until I get to be a part of it on the field."

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