No. 9. Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
2012 stats: He started all 13 games and led the team in rushing with 1,081 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had 14 catches for 232 yards and a touchdown. He was second on the team in total offense with 1081 yards. He also had eight kickoff returns for 178 yards.
Previous ranking: No. 18
Making the case for Ellington: He became just the fourth player in Clemson history with two 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He was the leading active career rusher in the ACC in 2012 with 3,436 yards, including 2,259 yards in 2011 and 2012. He was also named to the ACC’s all-conference team by both the coaches and the media. He racked up 228 yards in the win against Auburn. He was second in the ACC in rushing yardage behind UNC’s Giovani Bernard with 83.2 yards per game. He and Bernard were tied for the conference lead in career 100-yard rushing games with 12 each, but Ellington was the only active player in the league with two career 200-yard rushing games.