By Gray Gardner.
CLEMSON, SC – Andre Ellington finally had the breakout game he’s been waiting for with a 120-yard rushing performance against Boston College Saturday.
Ellington said “it felt great” to finally have a big game on the ground.
“I was looking for that type of game,” he said. “I just kept going, fighting for it each and every week but just didn’t get it.”
The junior running back credited the offensive line for his success against the Eagles.
“The guys up front got it done for me today, I’ve just got to congratulate them.”
Ellington said his leg felt as good as it has all season.
“I felt pretty good throughout the game,” he said. “My quad wasn’t bothering me at all. I thought it would, but it felt good.”
Ellington’s injury has slowed him down in the Tigers first five games this season. With their best running back injured, the Tigers have relied on other playmakers to move the offense along.
Ellington said he’s been happy to watch his teammates be successful, but that he was more than happy to get noticed as an offensive weapon.
“Seeing those guys do well makes me feel good. When I got my opportunity I have to take advantage of it and I did today.”
CONFIDENCE IN STOUDT
One would think Ellington and the other offensive players would be pressured when their leader and starting quarterback Tajh Boyd went down with an injury Saturday. But Ellington said there was no added pressure for him to perform with Cole Stoudt in the game.
“Actually, Cole helped me,” Ellington said. “He’s the quarterback. He knew the offense. I didn’t really have to do much. He kind of told me what I needed to be doing some plays.”
Ellington said Stoudt’s performance stepping in for Boyd gave the offense confidence in his ability to lead the offense.
“Just having him go out there and do that let’s me know we can trust a guy like that.”
#23 enjoyed a variety of roles Saturday, from running to catching to even throwing.
Chad Morris called a halfback pass early in the game that was designed for Ellington to throw to Brandon Ford. The pass was slightly over-thrown, but Ellington said it felt good to throw the ball.
“At practice, I didn’t throw the prettiest pass. But in the game it felt like a pretty good pass,” he said. “Just sad that we couldn’t get the pass off to B. Ford.”
Ellington is hopeful that Morris will call the play again in the future.
“You know Coach (Morris) takes chances. Hopefully he’ll call that one up again.”