Ellington didn’t participate in football as a freshman, deciding to focus on basketball. In 2011, Ellington played in 13 games (starting two), grabbing 17 receptions for 211 yards and 20 kickoff returns for 463 yards. He started all 13 games in 2012, generating 40 catches for 600 yards and seven touchdowns. Ellington led South Carolina with 49 receptions for 775 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games (starting 11). Ellington grabbed six balls for 140 yards and two touchdowns in his final game against Wisconsin. He was a three-year starter at point guard.