Tigers lead ACC in 5 stat categories; Andre Ellington widens rushing lead

Ellington needs 130 yards to hit the 3,000-yard mark for his career

Clemson running back Andre Ellington runs past Boston College Eagles linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis in the first quarter.

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Clemson running back Andre Ellington runs past Boston College Eagles linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis in the first quarter.

Headed into its game this week against Georgia Tech, Clemson leads the ACC in five team statistical categories, while Andre Ellington continues to pace the conference in rushing.

The Tigers, 4-1 and ranked 15th nationally, have the ACC's top marks in interceptions (7), third-down conversions (51.2 percent), fourth-down conversions (83.3 percent), first downs (25.4 per game) and turnover margin (+1.00).

Clemson also ranks second in red-zone offense (22-of-23, 95.7 percent) and red-zone conversion defense (12-of-17, 70.6 percent), and second in total offense (511.8).

Ellington (103.0) widened his rushing lead over FSU's Chris Thompson (86.2) and Miami's Duke Johnson (71.8).

Ellington needs 130 more yards to hit the 3,000-yard mark in his career.

He currently ranks third in the league in all-purpose running yardage with 146.8 yards per game, trailing first-year freshmen Johnson of Miami (184.0) and Stefon Diggs of Maryland (160.5).

DeAndre Hopkins leads the ACC in receptions per game with 8.4, and is second in reception yardage with a 121.8 average.

Tajh Boyd (303.4) ranks third in the conference in total offense behind Miami's Stephen Morris (333.2) and BC's Chase Rettig (314.8), and is second to FSU's EJ Manuel in passing efficiency.

Rashard Hall is tied for the ACC lead in interceptions with three.

Chandler Catanzaro and BC's Nate Freese are tied for the field goal lead (both 8-for-8).

Hopkins ranks eighth in both receptions and reception yardage on the NCAA list, while Hall ranks 15th nationally in interceptions. Ellington ranks 26th in rushing, and Boyd is 19th in passing efficiency and 25th in total offense.

As a team, Clemson ranks 16th in total offense and 87th in total defense. The Tigers are 100th in sacks and 63rd in tackles for loss.

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lhaselden writes:

Someone needs to proof read this post... this makes no sense:
"Hopkins ranks eighth in both receptions and reception yardage on the NCAA list, while is 15th in interceptions"
Maybe this should be red-zone defense?
"Clemson also ranks second in red-zone offense (22-of-23, 95.7 percent) and third-down conversion defense (12-of-17, 70.6 percent), "

KerryCapps writes:

in response to lhaselden:

Someone needs to proof read this post... this makes no sense:
"Hopkins ranks eighth in both receptions and reception yardage on the NCAA list, while is 15th in interceptions"
Maybe this should be red-zone defense?
"Clemson also ranks second in red-zone offense (22-of-23, 95.7 percent) and third-down conversion defense (12-of-17, 70.6 percent), "

Thanks! Rashard Hall got left out...

TigerShore12 writes:

I'm just estatic that we have a defensive stat we're leading in(INTs). The more playing time the defensive line gets, the better they're gonna get. We all know they're inexperienced, but we MUST get more pressure on the QB.

Kimarie56 writes:

Our defense now has 5 games under their belt. My question is, how long are we going to keep using the excuse that they are a young defense? We are coming up on the half way mark of this season. I'm sorry, but we should be seeing something. Granted they did somewhat better this past weekend, but it's time to really be showing some aggressive maturity now. Yes, we are young and yes, we do have the talent, but it's time to show it. No pressure on quarterbacks or pressure in the secondary is what is killing us. I love my tigers, always have, always will. We have what it takes to be up there at the top with the Bamas & OUs of this world. We have the depth in talent or so we have been told. We have the Rambling Wreck coming into our home this weekend & historically this has been a troubling opponent. Defensively, we have got to come out the gate playing the top of our game. Keep moving forward but in leaps and bounds. The challenge from a female prospective...more blitzing, sacking and effective pass coverage is the name of the game this week and going forward. Go Tigers... We love you here in Mississippi!!!!

TrevorT writes:

in response to Kimarie56:

Our defense now has 5 games under their belt. My question is, how long are we going to keep using the excuse that they are a young defense? We are coming up on the half way mark of this season. I'm sorry, but we should be seeing something. Granted they did somewhat better this past weekend, but it's time to really be showing some aggressive maturity now. Yes, we are young and yes, we do have the talent, but it's time to show it. No pressure on quarterbacks or pressure in the secondary is what is killing us. I love my tigers, always have, always will. We have what it takes to be up there at the top with the Bamas & OUs of this world. We have the depth in talent or so we have been told. We have the Rambling Wreck coming into our home this weekend & historically this has been a troubling opponent. Defensively, we have got to come out the gate playing the top of our game. Keep moving forward but in leaps and bounds. The challenge from a female prospective...more blitzing, sacking and effective pass coverage is the name of the game this week and going forward. Go Tigers... We love you here in Mississippi!!!!

I understand your frustration, but the D being young is not an excuse, it's a fact. It goes back to recruiting shortfalls that put us up a creek last year and this year on D. I want to see improvement as much as anyone, but expecting leaps and bounds after 5 games is unrealistic. I am hopeful that we'll see a difference in another month or so. In the mean time, let's hope the offense keeps rolling. GO TIGERS!

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