Down to the wire
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Down to the wire

CLEMSON - The Andre Ellington era comes to an end in less than two weeks when Clemson heads to Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

It's been a good run for the redshirt senior from Moncks Corner.

With 3,386 career rushing yards, Ellington will finish among the top-five rushers in school history. He's also third among Clemson ball carriers with 33 career rushing touchdowns.

Although a career in the NFL is on the other side of the New Years' Eve game versus LSU, Ellington is going to make the most of his final two weeks with Clemson.

"I'm just going to enjoy it everyday," he said. "It's going to be a next step that I've been preparing for. It's not going to be like college, just being out here with my brothers everyday, just enjoying it."

Ellington's previous appearance in the Georgia Dome was a memorable one. In the September season opener against Auburn, he rushed for 231 yards on 26 carries.

A repeat performance will be a tall task. LSU is ninth in the country in run defense, giving up an average of 101.8 yards per game.

"It's a physical bunch, a lot similar to South Carolina. They fly around, get 11 hats to the ball," Ellington said.

The challenge is one that he's happy to accept.

"Games like this are why you come to college to play football. You want to play in big games, just go out there and do your best," Ellington said.

And, of course, he wants to go out on top.

"It's real important, not just for myself, but for the program," Ellington said. "We came a long way. We don't want to fall short at the end of the year. We want to come out on top."