So far, so good for Ellington

So far, so good for Ellington

CLEMSON - Andre Ellington left little doubt about his return to practice Friday evening.

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After suffering a foot injury that caused him to miss the second half of last season and spring practice, junior running back Andre Ellington is finally back in action.

Friday evening, he returned to practice for the first time nearly 10 months and admitted he feels he's back at 100 percent.

Even Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said after practice it was good feeling to see his star running back in action again.

"He looked good," Swinney said. "It was good to see him out there. You forget how special he is. That was a big step today to see him get out there at full speed and see him plant, cut and change direction.

"He's just a kid out there smiling every play and he understands what a priviledge it is to get back on the field. He's ready to get back at it. It was a good start for Andre today."

Here's a look at what Ellington had to say after practice:

How does it feel to be back and healthy again?
Ellington: It feels great. I'm proud of the guys today. We worked hard from start to finish. A couple of guys were fatigued here and there but it's something we'll get through.

So you feel like you are back to 100 percent now?
Ellington: Oh yeah. I made it through practice. I had a little fear in my heart but I made it through day one and now it's time for day two.

"I made it through practice. I had a little fear in my heart but I made it through day one and now it's time for day two."

Were you timid at all out there?
Ellington: Oh no. Oh no. It felt a little weird at first just being out there from not being out there for a while. But I started getting used to it again.

When this summer did you finally feel like you were turning the corner and getting back to the old Andre Ellington?
Ellington: It just happened. There was not set day or anything like that. I just got used to working out and actually pushing myself each day back to where I wanted to be.

What has been the biggest adjustment for you with this new offense under Chad Morris?
Ellington: Just the tempo of it. Even though you know what's going on when you have to process all of that and move that fast at the same time is kind of tough. But you overcome it.

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