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Q&A: Part II, Texas A&M's Von Miller

Texas A&M linebacker/defensive end Von Miller became Texas A&M's first major award winner since 1998 when he won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. Better yet, Dick Butkus himself stopped by for a surprise delivery.

Miller led the Big 12 in sacks for the second consecutive season, and helped usher in the return of the Wrecking Crew, ending the season with six consecutive wins and putting the Aggies in the AT&T Cotton Bowl for the first time since 2005.

In the second part of his Q&A, Miller talks about his season, the team's Cotton Bowl preparation and a teammate's status in next year's draft.

In part one earlier today, he talked about what it was like meeting one of the game's legends, and what the award meant to him.

David Ubben: What was it like for you early this year, sitting and later playing with the ankle injury?

Von Miller: I always played good football, I just don't think the stat sheet proved it. The defense, we played well. Even when I hurt my ankle. I wasn't even worried about stats. We were winning games and playing good football. You watch film, and you'll see me playing good football. The stats just didn't show that.

DU: Why did voters and other people recognize that?

VM: I don't know, I just want to thank God and give all the glory to God. Without him, I don't think anybody would be able to recognize me. He gave me a chance to play good football for those last few games and I guess he just opened up everybody's eyes to see me.

DU: What are you looking forward to most about heading to the Cotton Bowl?

VM: I'm just taking it day-by-day, just using the same formula for success we've had all season, taking it practice-by-practice, play-by-play. See what the score looks like at the end. We just need to keep practice and work hard and continue to be a good football team with good leadership and see where it takes us.

DU: With so many guys from the Dallas area, namely you and [receiver] Jeff Fuller, what are your plans for the week?

VM: We have a lot of functions planned with the team, but just being in Dallas and being from Dallas, it'll be a lot of local spots we'll go and visit in our last real ultimate home game. Kyle Field is my home, but I go back to my city, it'll be good.

DU: Are you hosting teammates at the house the few days before you check in?

VM: We have to check in on the 1st, New Year's. New Year's we'll all be together. We get off on the 30th, so we'll all probably meet up on the 31st and do something for New Year's.

DU: Where's the one spot in Dallas that you and Jeff are going to make sure your teammates who don't know Dallas as well as you do go?

VM: There's so many, I'm just happy to be back in Dallas and enjoy everything, but I've got to take them back to see our stadium. We have one of the nicest, DeSoto High School has one of the nicest stadiums in that area. We'll hit a few food spots in the area and I guess that's it. We'll see what the nightlife is like, we'll show them the nightlife in Dallas and have fun, show them what it's like.

DU: Have you talked to Jeff at all about what he's going to do about the draft?

VM: Oh yeah. I wasn't going to tell him to stay or go, but I just gave him my advice and what I went through, and hopefully he can take from me what happened and my situation, and if he could get a little bit out of that, everything will be good.

DU: Do you know where he's leaning?

VM: I don't know. He's kind of in the same situation I was last year. One day you wake up, and it's this way. The next day you wake up, and it's the other.