By Lee Lance.
Hanging out at the team hotel last night, Dabo Swinney told Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington that it was their time, and that it was time to see what they were made of.
“I told them that we were about to find out whether(the new storm) was a tropical depression or a category one or a category two, or what it was” said coach Swinney after Saturday’s season opener for his team.
The Tiger team as a whole had questions coming in, and one of those was how would the running game perform after CJ Spiller’s departure.
CJ was, after all, the only remaining half of “Thunder and Lightning” as he and James Davis had become during their years playing together. Today one of those questions was answered.
With Harper and Ellington both going over 100 yards each Saturday, the first time for two Tiger running backs in the same game in three years, I think one thing is apparent. The “New Storm” is strong, and it looks as if it will continue to grow as the season progresses.
To be exact, Harper finished the day with 103 yards on nine carries, an average of 11.3 yards per carry while Ellington finished with 122 yards on 12 carries, an average of 10.2 yards per carry.
“Jamie and I are calling ourselves the new storm. It’s more of a together thing than a separate ‘thunder and lightning’ thing” Andre Ellington said after the game.
“We got in there and Andre and I really just tried to make the new storm come alive. You know as a running back, every time you think about yourself touching the ball, you think you’re going to be able to pop it” Harper said. “I told Andre last night in the hotel that he was going to pop out and score like that and sure enough, he did it”
Dabo had something to say about Ellington’s 60 yard touchdown run on just the Tigers second play from scrimmage of the game. “I told him after that, I said now you can call ole CJ and tell him anyone can score on a kickoff, but can you do it from your first play from scrimmage” referring to CJ Spiller scoring on Clemson’s first offensive possession last season as well.