All aboard the Wayne train

CLEMSON - There may not be a bigger Wayne Gallman fan around the Clemson campus than fellow running back Zac Brooks.

After Saturday's Orange and White spring game, Brooks was asked about Gallman, who rushed for 61 yards on nine carries. A big grin crept across Brooks' face before he spoke.

"He looked good didn't he? He looked real good," Brooks said.

Indeed, Mr. Brooks.

Gallman, a former four-star prospect, was ranked as the No. 40 running back in the class of 2013 coming out of Grayson High School in Loganville Ga.

"Wayne's a very hard runner," Brooks said. "He tries to be like Adrian Peterson, that's his guy. Like I say, that's Wayne train. Wayne's coming. You better get out the way. Wayne's going to run it. He did a great job [Saturday]."

Now, a junior, Brooks didn't look too shabby in his third spring game. He finished with a game-high 11 carries and was fourth with 50 yards rushing.

It was a strong afternoon for the running backs. For the White team, D.J. Howard had 59 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. C.J. Davidson had five carries for 42 yards.

Walk-on Kurt Fleming, who teamed up with Brooks on Gallman for the Orange squad, had three rushes for 55 yards.

"Running backs, we're always going to work. We're going to make it happen. Offensive line did a good job all the way around," Brooks said.

If Chad Morris is able to get the kind of production out of his stable of running backs on a consistent basis this season, the Clemson offense could be in store for another productive season.

"The running backs, as a unit, we're going to make it happen," Brooks said. "We consider ourselves the heartbeat of the team. We're going to keep pumping and work."

Exactly who the No. 1 running back will be is still for debate.

"Lot of work to be done," Brooks said. "We've got four months until that decision is going to be made, just a lot of preparation to go through; a lot of getting ready to do."

Brooks is operating under the impression that he's not the top guy.

"I couldn't say who would be first, second or third. I just don't feel like I would be that first guy right now," he said.

Why's that?

"I'm the type of guy, whenever I'm not happy with my performance, I'll always grade myself two steps down. So I feel like I'm far away from where I need to be," Brooks said. "If I would just say, I would probably say, probably second, second [or] third.

"I just feel like there's a lot more that I could do than what's been shown."

The best way to do that is to have a strong summer.

"We're just going into the transformation," Brooks said. "Everybody is going to try to perfect their craft, film study, get bigger, get stronger in the weight room and just get ready for August."

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