Clemson has had one of the top offenses in the country, but this year's offense might be a step above the rest. With all the talk about Deshaun Watson and the Clemson wide receivers, running back Wayne Gallman may be the main reason for that. Gallman has run for 874 yards and 7 touchdowns so far this year, and is the first Clemson running back with more than 500 yards to run for 5.5 yards per carry since the 2010 season.
Gallman brings a different aspect to the Clemson offense. The passing offense is a big play machine with 46 passes of 15-plus yards and 26 of 20-plus. Gallman isn't a big play type of running back, but he does have 23 rushes of 10-plus yards and 7 of 20-plus. Where Gallman exceeds is in the short yardage. He has 11 carries on third down and three yards or less and has converted 9 times this season.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney had high praise for what Gallman has accomplished this season.
“He’s become a complete player," Swinney said. "He’s big, strong and physical. He’s been able to enhance his talents. He’s learned how to play the position. It’s been a process for him. He was a linebacker and a wing back in high school so he had to transition. Now, he’s become a complete player. He’s highly driven to be successful. He’s driven to gain a yard. He’s very smart and works hard in his preparation. He’s the most complete guy we have.”
Gallman hasn't received the praise nationally, but that doesn't mean the Florida State defense hasn't taken notice of his performance. Florida State defensive end Demarcus Walker certainly has.
“That man is good," Walker said. "That man is good. He comes through that hole and he doesn’t slow down. When he makes contact, he don’t stop moving his feet. I give him credit for that. I do give him credit.”
Defensive tackle Giorgio Newberry echoed Walker's statements about Gallman, and how well he's playing.
"He’s a good runner," Newberry said. "He’s physical. He’s fast. He can basically just make a cut and go. He’s good."
Gallman defintely has the attention of the Florida State defense, and stopping him will be a tough, but necessary task if the Seminoles are going to walk out of Death Valley with a win.