CLEMSON – Clemson running back Andre Ellington is chasing history and could reach some rarefied air this week.
Ellington enters the Georgia Tech at 3:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) game with 2,870 career rushing yards, sixth in program history, and just 130 yards from becoming the fifth rusher in program history to reach the 3,000-yard mark.
Raymond Priester is Clemson’s all-time leading rusher with 3,966 yards. Assuming Clemson plays in a bowl game, Ellington would need to average 137 yards per game the rest of the season to catch Priester.
That might be too difficult a task, especially for Ellington who has an injury history, but the Berkeley High product should pass Travis Zachery (3,058 yards) and has a shot at C.J. Spiller (3,547 yards). James Davis is second with 3,881 yards.
Ellington has 34 career touchdowns, fourth in program history. Spiller (51) holds the program record.
Scramble is on:
Clemson assistant AD Kyle Young said the ACC’s decision to return to an eight-game football schedule this week has him scrambling to fill open dates in 2013 and 2014.
Earlier this year, the ACC had announced a decision to adopt a nine-game conference schedule in 2013 which forced Clemson to move a game scheduled against Kent State in 2013, and Clemson drop a game with Central Michigan in 2014.
Young said it is possible ACC teams will schedule games against ACC opponents as non-conference games in 2013 and 2014.
Ellington to stay on kickoffs:
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Andre Ellington will remain on kickoff duty and for good reason. Ellington became the first player in program history to have at least 125 yards rushing and kickoff returns at Boston College. Swinney said Ellington’s blend of vision and quickness makes him a “natural” in the role. Sammy Watkins will also be back on kickoffs.
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Ellington has been tackled just once behind the line of scrimmage this year in 92 attempts. The stat speaks to Ellington’s ability to quickly identify and hit running lanes.