Spiller Hoping for Big Impact

Spiller Hoping for Big Impact

CLEMSON - It didn't take long for running back C.J. Spiller to answer the all-important question about his health on Tuesday.

By all accounts he's good to go for Saturday's game against Boston College.

And that's good news, because Clemson's offense needs him now more than ever.

"It's huge news," Cullen Harper said. "He gives us an added dimension every time he's on the field. He's going to make a big difference for us this weekend.

"Just having him on the field forces the defense to account for him on every single play because he can score every time he touches the ball."

CUTigers.com caught up with the Tigers' star running back for a 1-on-1 interview Tuesday afternoon to get the latest:

First off C.J., let's hear about the hamstring and how you've been feeling in practice this week.
Spiller: Honestly it's been feeling pretty good this week. It was great to have some cold weather already because that helps me prepare. It's going to be important for me to keep it loose on the sidelines Saturday and I should be able to do that without any problems. So you'll see me out there riding a stationary bike trying to keep warm but other than that I should be good to go.

You get to play on field turf this weekend at Boston College. It seems like you've been extremely lethal playing on that surface in recent years ... is that the case?
Spiller: You know I never really noticed that but I've heard it all week. People have been saying, 'man you always make big plays on turf' but I never really thought about it that much. Hopefully I can get some more big plays Saturday so I'm definitely looking forward to it.

Is Boston College traditionally one of the more physical defenses you face year in and year out?
Spiller: Oh yes. They are always tough. Every year we've played them it's been a tough, physical game. It's a big test for me and the team because we hear people calling us soft and stuff like that. We want to come out and prove those people wrong and battle these guys Saturday.

In six games C.J. Spiller is averaging 6.5 yards per rush and scored five touchdowns. He's also caught nine passes for 111 yards and another score.
What has this transition been like for you the last couple of weeks going from Coach Bowden now to Coach Swinney? Have you adjusted to everything that's happened yet?
Spiller: Oh yes. I feel comfortable with it. You know, that was a decision the administration made. But right now, we've got more energy. You sense it in practice. Guys have really been getting after it and I think that is what you will see on Saturday against Boston College.

It seems like we've said this a lot recently, but perhaps it applies to the last three games now more than ever ... that elusive one play. Do you get the sense this team really is just one play away from not only winning this next game but putting together a pretty good streak?
Spiller: We've got to find a way to get it. Whether it's one more stop on defense, staying on the field longer on offense or getting those extra points on the board by making one more big play- we've got to do it. Hopefully we'll be ready to do just that on Saturday.

Also, check out what else C.J. had to say to the media on Tuesday by clicking on the video below:



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