By Chandler Carver.
As a senior on this Tiger team, Andre Ellington knows a thing or two about spring practice. Ellington uses his knowledge daily to keep the younger guys focused and working hard.
““We have to keep encouraging the younger guys every day,” Ellington said. “Some days, guys don’t want to come out and work, but once we get out here, they realize it’s not as bad as they thought it was going to be. We just have to keep encouraging everyone.”
Ellington understands that he has to be a leader on this year’s team. He says that he’s noticed this spring that leadership is an area where the Tigers need to improve.
“We have to get better in the leadership area,” he said. “Tajh is the leader of this football team, whether he likes it or not. We have to get him on board. Once he gets on board then everyone else will be on board and we’ll be ok.”
Ellington has been impressed with the improvements in the offensive line throughout this spring. He says they’re the key to making this offense work.
“Overall, the offensive line we have this year is more athletic than what we’ve had,” said Ellington. “Those guys are going to get after it. They don’t want to make mistake. They’re doing a great job.”
Ellington also says that the Tigers have improved in the tempo of their offense between last year, the first year under Coach Chad Morris, and this year.
“We’re actually doing a great job with our tempo this year as opposed to last year when we started,” he said. “We know what’s going on now. We’re going fast now, but we’re capable of going really fast. It’s scary to see how fast we can go. Hopefully we get it down by September 1st.”