Spiller Willing to Share Spotlight

CLEMSON - When former five-star running back C.J. Spiller chose to sign with Clemson over the likes of Florida and Florida State, he knew he wasn't going to be the only show in town.

It was 2006 and at the time, James Davis was the ACC's reigning rookie of the year and was just settling in as Clemson's fulltime starter at running back.

He knew coming in later that summer the two would be known more as a tandem as opposed to one taking a majority of the snaps over the other.

And for the most part, both backs have flourished in their roles.

However now, two years later, at least one more back will be thrown into the mix, not to mention what could be a couple of first-day draft picks next year in QB Cullen Harper and WR Aaron Kelly stealing some headlines as well.

"That's the thing," Spiller said. "This is a team sport, if somebody else happens to have a good game you have to congratulate him. You know going in you aren't always going to be hot.

"Nobody on this team is selfish. We are happy where we are at, but we aren't satisfied. Once we hold up that ACC trophy, it will all be worth it."

Adding to depth at running back will be two true freshmen in Andre Ellington and Jamie Harper, both of whom are expected to play this season. To put it perspective, Harper was rated five stars coming out of high school, the same as Spiller, and Ellington was rated four-stars, the same as Davis.

In other words it could be a log jam in the backfield this season, but that's okay. At least according to Spiller.

"Jamie looks great so far," Spiller said. "He's very athletic but he's got a lot to learn. Him and Andre look great. They are going take a load off of me and James. To be honest with you, if those guys can help us win games, I'm happy for them."

Still, you would expect to see the old duo of Thunder & Lightning dominating the headlines before the season opener against Alabama. With Davis being a senior, he's obviously gone after this season and Spiller, now a junior, will likely be right behind him.

Naturally, both players would love to showcase their talents in national spotlight this coming season.

And while there are still concerns with the offensive line, Spiller said that unit stands to learn quite a bit in the month of practice leading up to Aug. 30.

"I think our offensive line is going to be fine," he said. "We've got a long camp ahead of us and the defensive line is going to be making sure those guys are ready to go.

"That's the thing people forget. Those guys are going to get better and better going against our defense so hopefully that will be big."

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