With a Wednesday practice under his belt, running back Andre Ellington looks good to go for Clemson's game Saturday against Maryland.
Dabo Swinney said after practice on Wednesday that he expects Ellington to play against the Terps. He was in the game for just one play against Duke, and tweaked his hamstring on a 26-yard run. D.J. Howard, Rod McDowell and Zac Brooks filled in capably for the Tigers, and Tajh Boyd also contributed to a 339-yard rushing effort.
Swinney also said he expects tight end Brandon Ford to play, as well, while cornerback Bashaud Breeland is questionable because of his groin injury. Breeland missed the Wake Forest game, but returned against Duke and played 24 snaps.
Tigers on a poll roll: Clemson has been ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches' Poll for each of the last 24 weeks. That's the third longest streak in school history, and the longest since the Tigers were ranked for a school-record 50 consecutive polls between October, 1989 and October, 1992. Clemson was also ranked in 45 straight polls beginning in November, 1986.
By the numbers: Clemson's 487-yard total in the first half last week against Duke was the program's highest one-half total ever by 95 yards...The Tigers had 300 yards passing and 300 yards rushing for just the second time in school history...Clemson had a season-high 14 plays of 20 yards or more against the Blue Devils...Dalton Freeman's start against Maryland on Saturday will be his 46th straight. He went over the 3,000-snap mark last week against Duke...Eric Mac Lain will wear both numbers 88 and 78 for the remainder of the season, depending on whether he's playing tight end or offensive tackle...Spencer Shuey's 37 tackles over the past three games mark the highest three-game total by a Clemson player since Nick Watkins and Chris Clemons in 2006...Martavis Bryant is averaging 27 yards per catch on his 15 career receptions.