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(WLTX) -- It's no secret that the Clemson coaching staff has given Sumter's Rod McDowell more opportunities to showcase his talent this season.

McDowell, who will be a redshirt senior in 2013, has flourished in this, his second season in Chad Morris' offense.

But with Andre Ellington graduating, the starting job is wide open with McDowell expected to be in the mix.

McDowell says it would be a mistake for him to approach the offseason without a sense of urgency. Instead of thinking he has a good shot to start, McDowell wants to make his case by showing the coaches through offseason conditioning and a solid spring practice that he is ready to be a full-time starter.