Boca bound after New Year's

ATLANTA - After Andre Ellington puts a bow on a fine Clemson career, he'll head to Boca Raton, Fla. to begin his professional career.

Ellington is scheduled to leave for Florida on Wednesday to train for the NFL combine, Senior Bowl and pro workout circuit.

"I'm not really trying to focus on that. I still have a last game to play in college. That's my main focus. I want to get through that one, [and] then I'll worry about the next level," he said.

Regardless, Ellington is excited to see what the future has in store.

"I'm going to take on whatever is out there in front of me. I'm ready for it," he said. "It's going to be a job. I understand that. It's all business. I'm just going to be ready for it."

Friends and former Clemson running backs C.J. Spiller and Jamie Harper have schooled Ellington up on that aspect of life in the NFL.

"It's all football. It's 100 percent football. It's kind of like a job. I kind of was on a job at a young age, so I kind of understand what a job is," Ellington said.

For him, it's fun to imagine what it's going to be like when the opportunity presents itself.

"I talk to my family about it. They're excited for me. When it gets here, I'll be ready for it," he said.

Ellington, who's rushed for 3,386 yards on 610 carries and 33 touchdowns during his Clemson career, thinks he could be drafted as early as the second or third round.

"I'm shooting for the second round," he said.

To get there, Ellington wants to make sure his speed reaches its maximum potential.

"My main focus is going to be on my speed. I'm going to continue to work on my hands and my agility, for the combine," he said. "After that, once I get picked up by a team, I'll start working on my knowledge of the game."

His target 40-time at the combine?

"I'm shooting for a 4.3. I feel like that's my range and that's somewhere I can get."

However fast Ellington motors down the sideline in Indianapolis, it's been a good ride.

He hopes to cap his Clemson trip with two experiences. A win over LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, of course, is chief among them.

"I had a long career. I pretty much did it all," Ellington said. "I haven't thrown a touchdown pass yet. C.J. threw one in his career. Hopefully, coach will give me the opportunity. We've practice some plays like that, but I don't think he'll call it. We'll see."

His fans in orange are eagerly waiting to see what he has in store on Monday night. Top Stories