Posted by Chip Patterson
Georgia Tech center Jay Finch isn't the only notable offensive starter likely receiving a scratch from Saturday night's showdown between the Yellow Jackets and undefeated Clemson. Running back Andre Ellington, who leads the Tigers with 745 yards rushing (5.1 yards per carry) on the season, is likely to sit out Saturday - according to CBSSports.com's Travis Sawchik.
"I think [Ellington] will be a game-time decision as far as how sudden he is and how explosive he is in warmups Saturday night," head coach Dabo Swinney announced after practice on Thursday. "D.J. [Howard] and Mike [Bellamy] will carry the load for us early, and hopefully things will go well."
Swinney explained that Ellington's ankle injury is "not anything severe" but could benefit from the extra rest for full recovery. Freshman D.J. Howard has already been named the starter, and freshman Mike Bellamy should see his touches increase significantly in Ellington's absence. Bellamy has reportedly been unhappy with his usage in Chad Morris' offense, and Saturday would be a great chance for the talented freshman to showcase his abilities to the coaching staff.
Ellington injured his ankle in the 59-38 win over North Carolina last week, but the Howard/Bellamy combo was not able to get going against the Tar Heel defense. Quarterback Tajh Boyd ended up throwing 46 passes before taking a seat to backup Cole Stoudt in the fourth quarter. Georgia Tech statistically has been vulnerable against the run, ranking 10th in the ACC in rushing defense giving up 170.25 yards per game. It sounds like Swinney wants to give the freshmen a chance to take advantage of the Yellow Jackets defense, leaving Ellington on an "as needed" status.
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