Backfield friends lead Clemson rushing attack

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson's backfield began taking shape three years ago, when a big and brash runner from Jacksonville, Fla., met a quiet skinny speedster from a small town in South Carolina at a high school all-star game.

Now Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington are best friends at Clemson.

They each ran for more than 100 yards last week against North Texas, becoming the first pair of Clemson backs to go over the century mark in three years.

Harper says watching Ellington chew up the yards last week made him happy.

Offensive coordinator Billy Napier raved about how the pair took advantage of every opportunity, their passion for football coming through on every play.

Napier says he wished all of Clemson's skill players played like that.

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