2. RB Andre Ellington, RS Jr.
Ellington enters the season as the feature back for first-year offensive coordinator Chad Morris. He's been named to preseason watch lists for the Maxwell, Doak Walker and Hornung Awards.
THE RESUME: Ellington sat behind C.J. Spiller and split second team reps with Jamie Harper in 2009.
That year, he was second on the team in rushing with 491 yards, but his 7.2 yards per carry average was second-best in the ACC third-best in Clemson history [400-yard minimum].
Through the first half of 2010, Ellington and Harper shared the starting job. Shortly after Ellington emerged as the Tigers' most reliable rushe, he went down with turf toe and was forced to sit out four of the five final games of the season.
Ellington still finished the season with 686 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown and returned seven kicks for 238 yards and a score.
It's been no secret Ellington's skill set is held in high regard. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back moves through the line of scrimmage with great vision and instinct. Despite his size, he runs hard and usually falls forward when tackled.
He's also a veteran of running behind a zone blocking scheme, meaning he knows how to be patient until the hole opens up before bursting through it with perfect timing.
MOVING FORWARD: Ellington may have missed all of spring practice but there was no doubt as to who the starting running back was when preseason camp opened last week.
Morris, who makes no bones about his inclination to run the ball, is expected to provide Ellington plenty of opportunities to eclipse 1,000 yards this season.
Should he do that, he'll challenge Montel Harris from Boston College for plenty of ACC postseason hardware.
No. 2: Andre Ellington
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