CLEMSON -- Berkeley High product Andre Ellington fully participated in practice Monday, taking regular reps at running back, according to head coach Dabo Swinney.

"He looked good," Swinney said.

Ellington missed the Georgia Tech game with a left ankle sprain. Ellington injured the ankle in the win against North Carolina a week after rushing for a career-best 212 yards at Maryland. Ellington has also been slowed by a hamstring injury this season.

Tight end Dwayne Allen (turf toe) said he is not 100 percent but is improving. Allen was unable to run deep routes at Georgia Tech and his yards per catch declined from 14.5 last month to 12.5.

Should he stay or should he go?

Allen said he has not thought about his future regarding the NFL. Allen is draft eligible and is rated by many analysts as a top 50 prospect in the 2012 NFL draft class.

Underage restrictions

Several analysts, like ESPN's Mel Kiper, think Sammy Watkins would be an early first-round pick if he was eligible for the NFL draft this spring. Does Watkins feel the system is unfair, a system barring him entrance into the NFL until 2014?

"Not at all," Watkins said. "(The projections) are just people speaking their minds."

Watkins needs 113 yards to break Clemson's single-season receiving yardage program record held by Rod Gardner, who posted 1,084 yards in 1999. Watkins needs two touchdowns to surpass C.J. Spiller's freshman program record of 11.

He said it

"Good try." -- Swinney to a reporter who asked the Clemson coach whether he'll be rooting for Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech in the ACC Thursday night game. Clemson could face the winner in the ACC title game.

The other No. 2

Offensive coordinator Chad Morris said there is something about the jersey No. 2 in the ACC this year. Wake Forest's No. 2, wide receiver Chris Givens, is one of the ACC's top gamebreakers, grabbing 58 passes for 985 yards this year. Watkins wears No. 2 for Clemson.

Said defensive coordinator Kevin Steele: "He is their Sammy Watkins."

Steele said Wake Forest does an excellent job of getting its offensive skill players in space, meaning solid tackling will be especially important for Clemson.


Clemson struggled at times with Georgia Tech's odd-man front and will face another against Wake Forest on Saturday. Swinney said the Georgia Tech and Wake schemes have major differences, though, as Wake likes to move its linemen around and prefers to play with one safety deep. Georgia Tech featured two safeties deep.