- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Clemson running back Andre Ellington will return for his senior year, the school announced Tuesday night. Ellington was Clemson’s leading rusher in 2011 with 1,178 yards, the eighth-best single-season total in school history. Ellington told his teammates his decision at a team meeting on Tuesday night.
“Last year’s success has me excited to enter the 2012 season as a Clemson Tiger,” Ellington said in a prepared statement.
And his return should have Clemson fans excited about 2012. Here's why:
Ellington’s return will give the Tigers a returning 1000-yard rusher, a returning 1000-yard receiver and a returning 3000-yard passer for the first time in school history. Sammy Watkins led the Tigers in receiving last year with 1,219 receiving yards. Quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for a school record 3,828 yards this past season and had a school record 33 touchdown passes. Receiver DeAndre Hopkins also returns after catching 72 passes for 978 yards.
Yes, Clemson has work to do on defense if it wants to repeat as ACC champs, but guess what? The Tigers won the ACC title with that defense. With David Wilson and Lamar Miller leaving school early for the NFL, this is a chance for Ellington to really make a name for himself.