Weighing his options

CLEMSON - Andre Ellington could end his redshirt junior season among the top-10 rushers in Clemson history.

The Moncks Corner native is currently 13th on the school's all-time list with 2,239 yards. With 82 more yards, he would pass Chuck McSwain and take over the No. 10 spot on the list.

For a move into the top-five and a run at Raymond Priester's record of 3,966, Ellington would need to return for his senior season.

But there's doubt as to whether or not he'll be back in 2012. On Saturday, Ellington confirmed that he submitted paperwork to the NFL draft advisory board.

"I'm still waiting to hear back from that. That has nothing to do with the decision I'm going to make at the end of the season," he said.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney would like to have No. 23 back for one more season.

"In my opinion, he needs to be back here. I think he will be," Swinney said. "He really needs another year, to finish school and get that behind him. He needs a full offseason.

"He missed the whole offseason and really didn't get back until summertime. He missed half the year last year. He really needs the benefit of a year's worth of training and come back and have a great year."

In his 35-game Clemson career, Ellington has 399 carries for 2,239 yards and 24 touchdowns and 45 catches for 273 yards and a score.

His focus, for now, is on game No. 36.

"It's not something I really want to talk about right now," Ellington said. "It's really not a good time to address that, right now. I just want keep my focus on West Virginia."

Ellington, who's been banged up with a litany of injuries throughout the season, is fresh off his 125-yard performance against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship.

"The end of the season, the last few games, I felt pretty good. I'm feeling the best I've felt all season," he said.

Though his decision to return for next season has not been reached, Ellington feels good about his Clemson experience.

"Just being around the Clemson family. I enjoyed it, the time I've been here. I'm still enjoying it now," he said. "Even if I do decide to take that next step in my career, I'm going to miss these guys. They're a big family."

CUTigers.com Top Stories