Saturday, November 21, 2009
Clemson not a one-man show
By ESPN.com staff
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Earlier this year, C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford became the NCAA's most accomplished all-purpose running classmates, but against Virginia, Ford has found a new connection, this time with quarterback Kyle Parker.
Ford has a career-high 205 all-purpose yards today, and Parker has 201 yards passing. Ford has five catches for 100 yards and one touchdown as I type this. What's most impressive about this offense this year is that it's not just Spiller. The tight ends have played a much more increased role, the backup tailbacks have helped share the carries and proven they're dependable options, and the receivers -- including Ford -- have gotten better as the season progressed.
A five-yard touchdown run by Andre Ellington put Clemson ahead 31-21, showcasing yet another option for the Tigers fans will see more of in the future. Much of this season has been about Spiller, but tonight it's been a group effort led by Parker and Ford.