Lil Bit comes up big in the Dome

ATLANTA - Andre Ellington re-introduced himself to a national television audience, reminding the country that he's capable of putting a team on his back.

The redshirt senior running back carried 26 times for 228 yards and led Clemson to a 26-19 win over Auburn.

"There was no doubt in my mind who the best player under this roof was," said Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris.

As if it was even a question.

"No doubt, it was Andre Ellington. He was on a mission and relentless," Morris said.

Ellington has rushed for over 100 yards in three consecutive games. He cruised for 125 in the ACC title game against Virginia Tech and 116 versus West Virginia in the Orange Bowl.

Dabo Swinney sure is glad Ellington decided not to make the Orange Bowl his last game at Clemson.

"If you want to watch the definition of relentless, watch [Ellington] in tonight's game," Swinney said. "It's great to see him gain that kind of confidence early in the year."

The run that typified his night was his electric 68-yard run in the second quarter that setup a 7-yard scoring carry by Roderick McDowell.

"I just didn't hear the whistle blow," Ellington said. "We actually do those drills in practice where we keep our balance by spinning and staying up. It just came back to me. I don't know how, it was just one of those moments."

Despite the career-high in carries and yards, Ellington felt he got better as Saturday night's game wore on.

"Just going back to the offseason, training -- I got in shape," he said. "I didn't feel a lot winded going into the fourth quarter, like I thought would be. That's just credit to our strength program."

As any running back would do after a career-best performance, he credited the offensive line.

"They fought for me. They opened up holes for me. They proved that they're not just a young offensive line, but they're a young offensive line that's really going to get better," he said.

For Ellington, the game has a little extra meaning. And he hopes it carries over throughout the rest of the season.

"This is a statement season for me. I came back to prove that I'm a guy that can go the long distance. As long as I stay healthy, I can continue to do so," he said.

As long as Clemson keeps winning and he continues to put on performances like Saturday night's, Ellington might run himself into consideration for a trip to New York. Top Stories