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Clemson RB Bellamy declared ineligible for 2012 season

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Clemson football helmets lay on a field during spring practice. (File/FOX Carolina) Clemson football helmets lay on a field during spring practice. (File/FOX Carolina)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Clemson freshman running back Mike Bellamy will not return to the Tigers during the 2012 football season after being ruled academically ineligible, the university announced Tuesday.

Bellamy, the second leading rusher on Clemson's ACC Championship team last year, rushed 57 times for 343 yards in 2011, ranked second to Andre Ellington. He also had four kickoff returns for 64 yards and a 75-yard touchdown run during the team's season opener against Troy.

His biggest contribution was likely during the Tigers' win over Virginia Tech when he scored a 31-yard touchdown run that clinched the victory.

"I am proud of the improvements Mike Bellamy made in the spring semester in a number of areas," said Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. "We gave him the opportunity to return to school in January and to grow as a player and a person and by all accounts from his teammates and coaches, he was doing well."

The university said Bellamy plans to enroll in a junior college during the summer.

"We wish him well and hope he can get back on track in the classroom and continue his football career at a junior college this fall," Swinney said.

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