The Clemson coaches named him Player of the Game for his efforts.
"I thought Andre took the game over in the fourth quarter," said head coach Dabo Swinney during his Monday teleconference. "I thought he performed extremely well."
Ellington set career bests in carries (22) and yards rushing (140) to go along with a touchdown in the 27-24 loss at No. 15 Auburn. He'd never rushed more than 12 times in one game at Clemson.
"I had a lot of fun playing against a very good team. It gave me an opportunity to go out there and show a lot of people what I'm really about," Ellington said at the West End Zone on Tuesday.
There was no doubt that he could handle that heavy a load.
"If I had any doubts, I wouldn't be as successful as I was," Ellington said. "I just kind of went into the game knowing I wanted to have a big game."
Through three games, he leads Clemson with 37 carries for 273 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Ellington is also part of a three-way tie second with 5 receptions.
Ellington admitted that he was still recovering from the pounding he took before almost 90,000 fans at Jordan-Hare Stadium but is already hungry for more.
"After the game, I was pretty banged up, but I could go out and play right now if I had to," he said.
The bye week is welcomed, though. It's plenty of time for Ellington to recover and prepare for what's sure to be another battle against Miami.
"It just gives us two weeks to prepare for a really fast team," he said. "They fly to the ball pretty well. It'll just give us a chance to get prepared for them."
The peaks and valleys from Saturday night's game showed Ellington a lot about what kind of a team he's a part of.
Now they're battle-tested.
"I saw a team just come together right before our eyes. I didn't see any quit in any of the players. No one complained," he said. "We got down and it kind of drew us together more."
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