Ellington follows in Spiller's cleats for Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson left tackle Chris Hairston says not much has changed up front since Andre Ellington took over for star C.J. Spiller in the Tigers backfield: Hold your blocks for a few moments and wait for the touchdown celebration.
Ellington has quickly filled the speedy cleats of last season's ACC player of the year. Ellington has 12 touchdowns this season, including four scoring runs of 42 yards or more — same as Spiller had all last season.
Hairston says Spiller and Ellington share the same knack for breaking through the tiniest holes and outrunning defenders to the end zone. The Atlantic Coast Conference is finding that out.
Ellington is fifth in league rushing with 642 yards and leads the ACC in scoring with 12 touchdowns.
Clemson linebacker Brandon Maye is expected to play against Boston College after missing the Georgia Tech game.
Maye was held out of the 27-13 victory over the Yellow Jackets because of a calf injury. He missed Clemson's first two games of 2010 because of arthroscopic knee surgery and did not play until a 27-24 overtime loss at Auburn.
Maye started 25 of 26 games in his first two seasons before missing this year's games. He had set a Clemson record in 2009 with five forced fumbles. In 2010, the junior has 15 tackles in four games.