Better than ever

CLEMSON - Andre Ellington is pretty good when it comes to eluding would be tacklers. But, for some reason, he has trouble dodging one certain question.

He hears it all the time, most recently from a reporter looking for a quote.

How often do you think about the play against West Virginia?'

Ellington knows the play. No clarification necessary.

"I don't think about it at all," he said, matter-of-factly. "Some people want to remind me about it."

The senior would rather focus on the future, not the past.

"It's one of those things. You've got to move on. Coach is teaching us to not even look back at that game," Ellington said, "Just kind of look at what's ahead."

One play notwithstanding, his first three years at Clemson have been rather productive. Ellington is first among active ACC players with 2,355 career rushing yards and 25 touchdowns.

Tenth in school history in rushing yards and tied for 10th in rushing touchdowns, Ellington is ready to make his final mark on the record books.

"I feel like this is one of those years I have to put it all out there and leave it all on the field," he said. "There's no coming back for me. This is the last one for me. I have to give it my all."

Three days into preseason camp, Dabo Swinney raved about his star running back.

"Ellington looks great. This is the best I've seen him in two years -- he's strong, fast, fluid," Swinney said.

Ellington doesn't just look the part. He feels it.

"I worked my butt off this offseason, competing with the guys, just trying to get better as a player, for myself" he said.

The biggest area he targeted for improvement was pass catching. With 45 receptions for 273 yards and a touchdown to his name, Ellington wanted to improve as a receiver for his senior season and beyond.

"Tajh [Boyd] and I kind of stayed out extra [during the summer] just working on some pass plays we have, just running my routes and trying to be more crisp in that area, and just improving my hands," he said.

Once his final season is in the books, Ellington will finally have a chance to take a look back. When he does, he'll see a career filled with plenty of fond memories. Top Stories