Andre Ellington

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Andre Ellington
Andre Ellington 2011.jpg
Ellington with Clemson in 2011
No. 38 Arizona Cardinals
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-02-03) February 3, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth: Moncks Corner, South Carolina
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Moncks Corner (SC) Berkeley
College: Clemson
NFL draft: 2013 / Round: 6 / Pick: 187
Career history
Roster status: Starter
Career highlights and awards
  • ACC Champion (2011)
  • First-team All-ACC (2012)
  • Second-team All-ACC (2010, 2011)
  • NFL Rookie of the Week (week 8, 2013)
  • Fedex Ground Player of the Week (week 8, 2013)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2015
Rushing yards: 1,533
Rushing average: 4.4
Rushing touchdowns: 9
Receptions: 94
Receiving yards: 875
Receiving touchdowns: 3
Stats at

Andre DeAngelo Ellington (born February 3, 1989) is an American football running back for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Clemson Tigers. He was considered one of the top prospects at his position in the 2013 NFL Draft. His cousin, Bruce Ellington, is a San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, and his childhood hero, Lucky Whitehead, is currently the wide receiver of the Dallas Cowboys.[1]

High school career[edit]

Ellington attended Berkeley High School. 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 4x100m (42.94 s) relay squad.[2]

He picked Clemson over scholarship offers from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.[3]

College career[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.[3]


As a sophomore, Ellington was named second-team All-ACC by 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.[3]


During his junior season, Ellington rushed for 1,178 yards on 223 attempts scoring 11 touchdowns.[4] Additionally, he caught 22 passes for 109 yards. He earned second team all-conference honors.

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.[5]

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.[6]


In his final season as a senior, Ellington rushed for 1,081 yards on 212 attempts (5.1 avg) while scoring 8 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.[7]

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 1178 5.3 74 11 22 109 5.0 19 0
2012 212 1081 5.1 68 8 14 232 16.6 52 1
Total 621 3,436 5.5 74 33 59 505 8.6 52 2

Professional career[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Ellington ran a 4.61 at the NFL Combine, considerably slower than many anticipated, as he had multiple runs of over twenty yards during his final year at Clemson.[3] After being projected as a second or third round pick, he slid to the third day of the draft. He was selected in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Ellington was described by the Arizona Cardinals as a great pass protector and pass catcher.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

2013 season[edit]

Ellington 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 for the week. He finished his rookie season with 652 rushing yards on 118 attempts (5.5 avg) and 3 TDs, 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.


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