Bellamy learning on the fly

CLEMSON - Mike Bellamy has little concern about the number of touches he had in the first game of his Clemson career.

Bellamy finished with three carries and three kick returns in the 43-19 win over Troy.

"I thought I was going to get a little bit more," he said during a Tuesday teleconference.

"Everything happens for a reason. I'm pretty sure the coaches know what they're doing. We've got older guys in front that have also been here, too. Those guys have also got to get their reps.

"I'm not really worried about it. I've still got three more years here, at the end of the day."

His presence was felt, right from the start on Saturday.

Bellamy returned the opening kickoff 39 yards, nearly breaking loose for a touchdown.

In the fourth quarter, his first-career carry went 75 yards for a touchdown.

"After DeAndre [Hopkins] made that block on the corner, once I saw that, I didn't see anything but green grass," Bellamy said. "I was just like, there it is. Once DeAndre made the key block, the line made their blocks, but DeAndre had the most key block for the touchdown. If he didn't make that block, I'm pretty sure the corner would've came up."

Bellamy's flip of the ball right after he crossed the goal line didn't sit well with head coach Dabo Swinney, offensive coordinator Chad Morris and running backs coach Chad Morris.

"We had talked about it," Bellamy said. "[Swinney] is just doing his job. He knows what's best for the team. He's just preaching to me that I shouldn't do stuff like that, just teaching me responsibility. In a big game, if I was to do that, they could call it back."

His first rush would have been in the third quarter, had he not missed the assignment.

"I was kind of anxious. I was just excited to be in at the time and I really wasn't focused on running the ball," Bellamy said. "I was just trying to figure out what to do. So I was thinking too much at the same time."

Regardless, it was an impressive showing for the freshman running back from Nocatee, Fla., who finished with a team-high 139 all-purpose yards [81 rushing, 58 kickoff returns].

To earn more playing time, Bellamy said he'll need to "practice harder" and "start learning the plays."

"Once I start practicing harder, learning the plays, there should be no problem for me getting on the field."

Veteran running back Andre Ellington has stepped up to help ensure that Bellamy learns the right way to carry himself, on and off the field.

"We're building that older brother, younger brother relationship, too," Bellamy said. "It's good to have that relationship, on the field and off the field. He teaches me the same stuff as he teaches me on the field and off the field." Top Stories