Ellington was Clemson's leading rusher in 2011 with 1,178 yards, and was fourth in the ACC with 90.6 yards per game.
His return will give the defending ACC champs a returning 1,000-yard rusher, a returning 1,000-yard receiver and a returning 3,000-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.
Ellington informed his teammates of the decision at a team meeting on Tuesday night. It was a much-needed dose of good news for a team coming off an embarrassing 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Discover Orange Bowl.
Ellington finished sixth in the ACC in touchdowns scored and ninth in all-purpose running. He scored 11 touchdowns, all rushing, and added 22 receptions for 109 yards.
Heather Dinich writes about ACC football for ESPN.com.