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Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:40 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 4:43 pm
 

NCAA denies redshirt for Clemson LB Steward

Posted by Chip Patterson

Clemson linebacker Tony Steward had his request for a medical redshirt from the NCAA denied last week, according to Tigers' head coach Dabo Swinney.

Swinney met with the media on Tuesday to discuss several team issues heading into Wednesday's opening of spring practice, and called the NCAA's decision "a shame."

A five-star prospect coming out of high school, Steward was one of the many true freshman to contribute immediately for the Tigers, but his action was cut short by a torn ACL in the fifth game. NCAA rules allow for players to redshirt for medical reason if they had played in 30 percent or fewer of the team's games in a season. While the fifth game put the sophomore linebacker over the limit, the school hoped only playing 36 snaps in those games would result in an exception.

Steward is still recovering from successful knee surgery to repair the damage, and will miss all of Clemson's spring practice. He is expected to be fully cleared to participate in team activities in May.

Another member of that same recruiting class will be returning to practice on Wednesday: sophomore running back Mike Bellamy. Bellamy showed bursts of potential during his freshman campaign, but the on-field time was reportedly limited by off-field conduct and attitude issues.

Bellamy received criticism from the coaching staff during the season, and was suspended indefinitely for violation of a team rule before the ACC title game in December.

"[Bellamy has] been doing OK," Swinney said on Tuesday. "This is a big spring for him."

Starting running back Andre Ellington returns for the Tigers, looking to build on a junior year that saw him collect 1,178 yards despite missing time due to injury. Ellington has had to miss time because of injury in each of his last two seasons, and there should be opportunity for Bellamy to move up to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart this spring.

For more on the Tigers' updates heading into spring practice, check out Travis Sawchik's Tigers RapidReports.

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Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:15 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Clemson RB Ellington (ankle) expected to play

Posted by Chip Patterson

For Clemson fans, the fall from the rank of the undefeateds felt devastating. The Tigers winning ways had them positioned as an outside national title contender, but it all came crashing down in the loss to Georgia Tech. But with a week off to get healthy and re-focus, the Tigers now set their sights on an ACC Championship.

Getting healthy was an important part of their preparation for the season's home stretch, with two division contests left to wrap up the ACC Atlantic title. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris said Monday that running back Andre Ellington (ankle) and tight end Dwayne Allen (turf toe) are expected to be ready to go for Saturday's contest with Wake Forest. A win against the Demon Deacons would clinch the division title, and give the Tigers a berth to the ACC Championship Game.

CBSSports.com's Travis Sawchik notes that Ellington, who sat out Clemson's loss against Georgia Tech, has either missed or been severely limited in six games since last October. In those games the Tigers are 2-4.

It might be too early to label Ellington as "injury prone," but when two costly turnovers were committed by his backups against Georgia Tech it was clear his absence played a pivotal role in the game. In addition to being the most effective runner, Ellington is the best pass blocking running back on the roster. Having him on the field keeps Clemson's offense dynamic, forcing opposing defenses to respect all aspects of Chad Morris' high-powered attack.

If Clemson does wrap up the Atlantic Division this weekend, they will likely end up facing either Virginia Tech (who the Tigers defeated 23-3 in Blacksburg earlier this season) or Georgia Tech. The two Coastal Division contenders will square off on Thursday night in Atlanta, with the winner taking the driver's seat in the standings.

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Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:43 am
Edited on: October 28, 2011 10:45 am
 

Clemson RB Ellington (ankle) game-time decision

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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Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:29 am
 

Clemson loses staring OL to shoulder surgery

Posted by Chip Patterson

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has been frustrated with the lack of physicality on the offensive line. The unit will need as much physical play as they can get, particularly after losing senior guard David Smith to a shoulder injury.

CBSSports.com's Travis Sawchik reports that Smith will have arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder and has been ruled out for Saturday, when Clemson welcomes Auburn to Death Valley. Smith, who has started every game since the beginning of the 2010 season, will be replaced by Mason Cloy. The school has given no timeline for Smith's return.

Clemson will be looking for revenge after Auburn escaped with a 23-20 overtime win in 2010. The game was a breakout moment in the season for an athletic junior college transfer named Cam Newton (you might have heard of him) and helped continue what has now become a 17-game winning streak. Gene Chizik's squad has taken on the role of a team that "finds a way to win," as evident by their close victories over Utah State and Mississippi State. Clemson has their own streak they are trying to break against Auburn, who has taken the last 14 from the Orange-clad Tigers.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:13 am
 

UNC's opponents see opportunity in Davis' exit

Posted by Chip Patterson

With Everett Withers officially named the interim coach at North Carolina, we can begin to take a look at how Butch Davis' dismissal will resonate across the ACC.

The initial reactions from other teams across the league seem to be that this fallout in Chapel Hill could mean opportunity for other teams. CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Travis Sawchik writes that Clemson could reclaim a recruiting hot-spot they once commanded.

"[North Carolina] was a fertile recruiting ground during [Clemson's] golden age during the 1980's," said Sawchik. "A weakened Tar Heel program could help Clemson recruit the bordering state, which it pluched five-star LB Stephone Anthony, who is from the Charlotte area, this spring."

But the advantage won't just be to other in-state schools and neighboring states. Steve Gorten, of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, said that while Davis was in Chapel Hill, Miami had "one big headache to deal with every season." Davis had a 3-1 record against his former team, often knocking off the Hurricanes as an underdog until Miami notched a 33-10 win against the Tar Heels in 2010. Just like he had at Miami, Davis was bringing in NFL-caliber talent to North Carolina and will no longer be a threat to the Hurricanes on the recruiting trail.

Withers, who has served as the Tar Heels' defensive coordinator, will be introduced as the interim coach during a press conference Friday afternoon. For now, it seems the "interim" tag is firm and the plan is for the next athletic director to hire the new head coach in time to sign the 2012 recruiting class. Until that next coach is named, expect the rest of the ACC to make up as much ground as possible on the recruiting trail.
 
 
 
 
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