Napier's Notebook

CLEMSON - Offensive coordinator Billy Napier talks about Andre Ellington, the changes at wide receiver and the wildcat.

THE BEST RUSHER IN THE ACC: Andre Ellington leads the ACC in rushing yards per game (95) and also with seven touchdowns. He's also second in the conference in all-purpose yards per game (117.5).

Napier said that production will lead to an increased workload.

"We're trying to give our team the best chance to win. He's showing that he's very capable of being dynamic," Napier said. "We're going to give him a chance every week. We have so far and we'll continue to do that."

What's the key to Ellington's success? The coaching he received in high school?

"He came in here with some tools, a great foundation, in terms of understanding those schemes," Napier said. "He's very blessed with ability. He's got great vision, great decision making—full-speed decision maker. He's extremely dense for a small guy. He packs a punch. I think he's got a great skill set to be a big-time back."

FRESH LOOK AT WR: Redshirt freshman Bryce McNeal and freshman DeAndre Hopkins have started to work with the first-team offense this week at wide receiver.

Napier considers McNeal the fastest wide receiver on the team and Hopkins among the best blockers at the position.

"We feel like those guys give our team the best chance to be balanced," Napier said. "Ultimately, for us to win football games and be successful, we have to be balanced."

The move wasn't made earlier in the season because of the veteran presence that returned at the position. Now that the veterans were given an opportunity to contribute, Napier can look in another direction.

He did note that playing the freshmen without giving the upperclassmen a chance may have upset things off the field.

"You give them a chance to go earn it. In terms of your team chemistry and moral, all of that, to be quick to change," Napier said.

THE WILDCAT: For the first time this season, Napier pulled the wildcat out of his play-calling book.

"I thought we ran in effectively. I don't think we had a negative play. I think it was very effective," he said. "We had a chance to make a big play off of it."

The play: Kyle Parker nearly connected with Xavier Dye on a reverse pass at the Miami 5-yardline.

"If we could make that play, then it could have been really beneficial," Napier said.

He hinted that it could be back later on this season.

"We averaged plenty per rush in that deal for it to be worth our time," Napier said. Top Stories