Andre Ellington sure-handed so far, but knocking on wood

Clemson's senior running back says he worked hard on refining his pass-catching skills

Clemson's Andre Ellington catches a pass against Wake Forest in the second quarter Saturday.

Clemson's Andre Ellington catches a pass against Wake Forest in the second quarter Saturday.

Andre Ellington is knocking on wood.

"I actually haven't dropped a ball yet during fall camp," said the Tigers' senior running back on Tuesday, after Clemson wrapped up the 'camp' portion of its preseason preparation.

"Knock on wood," he added.

Ellington flirted with the NFL Draft last winter before deciding to return to Clemson for his final season. One of his motivating factors was to improve himself as a pass-catcher out of the backfield - a skill that enhanced the versatility of former teammates C.J. Spiller and Jamie Harper, both of whom are now playing in the NFL.

Ellington says he worked on his pass-catching skills throughout the summer, and that he's seen the results during preseason camp.

"I feel pretty good about," he said. "I've worked hard on it."

Ellington ranked fifth on the team in catches last season with 22, but averaged just 5.0 yards per reception.

He caught a dozen passes as a sophomore, when Harper had 37 catches and averaged 8.6 yards per reception.

A year earlier, Spiller caught 36 passes. He finished his career with 123 receptions and averaged 11.5 yards per catch.

Dabo Swinney gave the Tigers a day off from practice on Wednesday. Clemson will begin full-scale preparations for Auburn on Thursday.

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