Ellington getting stronger by the day

CLEMSON - CUTigers catches up with Andre Ellington as the Tigers go to full pads.

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As each day passes, Andre Ellington's confidence level seems to grow.

Now more than 10 months removed from a foot injury that limited him for nearly half of the 2010 season, Ellington is back on track.

"I needed today," Ellington said after the Tigers wore full pads for the first time. "It's my first day really getting hit. A couple of safeties and corners came down and hit me pretty good."

When asked if there were any lingering issues from the injury, he said, simply, "The foot is good. It's as good as the left foot."

Ellington not only will get the start in Clemson's backfield this fall, he'll also likely be returning kicks as well.

During Wednesday's practice, he could be seen fielding kickoffs along with a handful of other players.

The rising redshirt junior returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown a year ago against Maryland.

"I'm open for whatever coach wants me to do. Today I went back there and returned some kicks so I guess I'll be doing some of that this year," he said.

In nine games a year ago, Ellington made six starts, rushing for 686 yards on 118 attempts. He also scored 10 touchdowns.

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