Andre Ellington

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Andre Ellington
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Ellington with the Cardinals in the 2017 NFL preseason.
No. 38 – Houston Texans
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1989-02-03) February 3, 1989 (age 28)
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Moncks Corner (SC) Berkeley
College: Clemson
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 6 / Pick: 187
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Rushing yards: 1,752
Rushing average: 4.2
Rushing touchdowns: 10
Receptions: 151
Receiving yards: 1,368
Receiving touchdowns: 3
Player stats at NFL.com

Andre DeAngelo Ellington (born February 3, 1989) is an American football running back for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

High school career[edit]

Ellington attended Berkeley High School, where he played high school football for the Stags football team. As a senior, he rushed for 1,822 yards and 24 touchdowns, and also added four other touchdowns (two receiving, two kickoff return). He accumulated 2,519 all-purpose yards as a senior. ESPN named him the #44 overall prospect and #6 running back.

Ellington also ran track and field for the Berkeley High School track team. He ran a personal-best time of 10.97 seconds in the 100 meters at the 2006 Taco Bell Classic Meet. He also recorded a time of 23.13 seconds in the 200 meters. He was also a member of the 4 × 100 m (42.94 s) relay squad.[1]

He picked Clemson over scholarship offers from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.[2]

College career[edit]

Andre Ellington catching a ball at Clemson

Freshman season (2009)[edit]

After redshirting his true freshman season in 2008, Ellington had 546 total yards on 79 touches. He rushed for 72 yards on nine carries against Middle Tennessee.[2]

Sophomore season (2010)[edit]

As a sophomore, Ellington was named second-team All-ACC by Rivals.com. He rushed for 686 yards on 118 carries and 10 touchdowns. He caught 12 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. Ellington had 140 yards in 22 carries and four catches for 48 yards against eventual national champion Auburn.[2]

Junior season (2011)[edit]

As a junior, Ellington rushed for 1,178 yards on 223 attempts scoring 11 touchdowns.[3] Additionally, he caught 22 passes for 109 yards. He earned second team all-conference honors in recognition of his successful season.

In the 2011 ACC Championship Game, he ran for 125 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries, as the Tigers beat the Virginia Tech Hokies, 38–10.[4]

Clemson lost the 2012 Orange Bowl to the West Virginia Mountaineers, by a 70–33 scoreline. Ellington rushed for 116 yards from 10 carries, including a 68-yard run for the game's opening touchdown.[5]

Senior season (2012)[edit]

In his final season as a senior, Ellington rushed for 1,081 yards on 212 attempts (5.1 avg) while scoring eight touchdowns. He also caught 14 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown. He earned first team all-conference honors. He finished his college career at fourth on Clemson's list of all-time rushers with 3,436 yards, just below former teammate C. J. Spiller, and finished third in rushing touchdowns with 33. Ellington graduated from Clemson in December 2012 with a bachelor's degree in parks, recreation, and tourism management.[6]

NCAA collegiate career statistics[edit]

Season Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2009 68 491 7.2 55 4 11 55 5.0 12 0
2010 118 686 5.8 71 10 12 109 9.1 22 1
2011 223 1,178 5.3 74 11 22 109 5.0 19 0
2012 212 1,081 5.1 68 8 14 232 16.6 52 1
Total 621 3,436 5.5 74 33 59 505 8.6 52 2
Reference:[7]

Professional career[edit]

Ellington ran a 4.61 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, considerably slower than many anticipated, as he had multiple runs of over twenty yards during his final year at Clemson.[2]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

2013 season[edit]

After being projected as a second or third round pick, he slid to the third day of the draft. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft with the 187th overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals. He scored his first career touchdown on a pass reception from Carson Palmer in Week 2 of the 2013 season against the Detroit Lions. In Week 8 of the 2013 season, Ellington rushed for 154 yards against the Atlanta Falcons, the highest rushing total of the week. He finished his rookie season with 652 rushing yards on 118 attempts (5.5 avg) and three touchdowns, and also caught 39 passes for 371 yards and a touchdown.

2014 season[edit]

Ellington was placed on season ending injured reserve after Week 14, having injured his hip. 2014 was a very underwhelming sophomore season for Ellington, averaging only 3.3 yards per carry.

2015 season[edit]

After the additions of running backs Chris Johnson and David Johnson, Ellington's role in the Arizona offense was severely reduced. He did make good use of his time on the field by averaging an astonishing 6.4 yards per carry. In Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks, Ellington rushed for the 48-yard game-winning touchdown.

2016 season[edit]

In 2016, Ellington was the Cardinals third running back behind David Johnson and Chris Johnson to start the season. He was then moved up to the number two back after Chris Johnson suffered a season-ending groin injury in Week 4. Ellington ended the 2016 season playing in all 16 games rushing for 96 yards and recording 12 catches for 85 yards.

2017 season[edit]

On March 13, 2017, Ellington signed a one-year contract extension with the Cardinals.[8] On March 29, 2017, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians announced that Ellington would be changing his position to wide receiver for the 2017 season.[9]

On November 20, 2017, Ellington was waved by the Cardinals.[10]

Houston Texans[edit]

On November 21, 2017, Ellington was claimed off waivers by the Houston Texans.[11]

NFL career statistics[edit]

Season Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2013 118 652 5.5 80 3 39 371 9.5 38 1
2014 201 660 3.3 22 3 46 395 8.6 81 2
2015 45 289 6.4 63 3 15 148 9.9 32 0
2016 34 96 2.8 13 0 12 85 7.1 16 0
Total 398 1,697 4.3 80 9 112 999 7.1 81 3
Reference:[12]

Personal life[edit]

His cousin, Bruce Ellington, is a Houston Texans wide receiver.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andre Ellington - Stats". SCRUNNERS.COM. 
  2. ^ a b c d Player Bio: Andre Ellington Archived May 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Atlantic Coast Conference Stats 2011". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Clemson rips No. 5 Virginia Tech to win ACC championship". ESPN.com. December 4, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "West Virginia routs Clemson in record-setting Orange Bowl". ESPN.com. January 4, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Graduation, Thursday, December 20, 2012, Littlejohn Coliseum" (PDF). January 9, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Andre Ellington Stats". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ Urban, Darren (March 13, 2017). "Andre Ellington Returns To Cardinals". AZCardinals.com. 
  9. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 29, 2017). "Andre Ellington moving from RB to WR for Cardinals". NFL.com. Retrieved March 29, 2017. 
  10. ^ Knoblauch, Austin. "Arizona Cardinals cut veteran RB Andre Ellington". NFL.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017. 
  11. ^ "TRANSACTIONS: Texans claim RB Andre Ellington". HoustonTexans.com. November 22, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Andre Ellington Career Stats". NFL.com. Retrieved March 21, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Ellington Cousins Make 49ers-Cardinals Matchup a Family Affair". 

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