Options aplenty at running back

For three straight seasons, Clemson has had a 1,000-yard rusher at running back. Can they make it four 2014? There's no shortage of candidates, that's for sure.

With a couple of months before the start of spring practice, CUTigers begins its look at the position battles we'll all be monitoring during spring practice.

After covering the quarterbacks, we're on to the starting running back job, which Roderick McDowell held onto from start to finish in 2013. He was solid, rushing for 1,025 yards and five touchdowns. McDowell also caught 29 passes for 199 yards and two scores.

Spring Candidates

D.J. Howard, Redshirt Senior
Third on the team with 57 carries in 2013, Howard rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. For his career, Howard has 581 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

Howard has never been the feature back at Clemson. His 13 carries against Duke in 2012 are a career-high, and the only time he's rushed more than nine times in a game.

Zac Brooks, Junior
Brooks was working as the No. 2 running back before a shoulder injury forced him to miss time late in the season. He finished with 48 rushes for 246 yards and two touchdown and six catches for 83 yards and a score.

Brooks underwent a shoulder scope after the South Carolina game. Though he dressed for the bowl game, he did not play.

C.J. Davidson, Redshirt Junior
Originally a scholarship track athlete, Davidson earned a scholarship before the season, which saw him rush 34 times for 155 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 40 yards. Davidson was moved into the goal line and short-yardage role midway through the season, but a knee injury against Virginia sidelined him until the Orange Bowl.

After McDowell, Davidson was second among Clemson running backs in snaps [19] against Ohio State.

Tyshon Dye, Redshirt Freshman
A four-star prospect out of Georgia, Dye would have played this season had it not been for the back injury that he sustained during preseason camp. During the season, he had surgery on the back and on an ankle, which was injured during high school.

Dye continues to recover from the two operations. His status for the spring is an unknown.

Wayne Gallman, Redshirt Freshman
Also a four-star prospect out of Georgia, Gallman took a redshirt in 2013, but was impressive during practice. Dabo Swinney gave rave reviews of his work during the jayvee periods at bowl practice.

Like Dye, Gallman will fit into the power back role that Chad Morris has been searching for on the recruiting trail.

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