Editor’s Note: The second in a series with OrangeandWhite.com where we project the 2015 stats for skill players.
A curious question has arisen from some Clemson fans this off season. Who will separate themselves at running back?
It’s almost like Wayne Gallman didn’t do anything to prove he is the man at least at the start of the 2015 season.
For my money it’s difficult to bet against Gallman who ended his freshman campaign with 769 yards and 4 touchdowns along with a 4.8 yard average.
The question for me is will Gallman carry the ball as often as he did in ’14 given the apparent depth at the position given that C.J. Davidson, Tyshon Dye, Zac Brooks, Adam Choice and C.J. Fuller are all vying for time at the position.
Gallman ended up with 161 carries over 13 games and while that averages out to 12 or so carries a game, there were two games where Gallman was north of 25 carries.
Dye has shown flashes and determination coming back for injuries, there are plenty of Choice fans around and Brooks was slated for a big role before an injury that wiped out his 2014 season. But you would think by now that Clemson fans would know Dabo’s modus operandi – this is Gallman’s job to start the season and barring injury or fumblitis he’ll be difficult to dislodge.
Sure, there are areas to improve upon: Gallman was inconsistent in picking up the blitz and there were times he seemed to have trouble keeping his balance in the open field causing easy yards to be left on the field. Those are typical freshman issues that should be corrected in time for the upcoming season.
I’m not sure we’ll see those 27 and 28 carry games Gallman had last season, but by the time the season is finished I expect more overall carries because there’s enough question marks in that depth (Davidson fumbling issue, Choice’s and Brook’s health, Fuller’s youth and inexperience) to think that Gallman will end up with a tick more carries and yards as he has proven he’s reliable and durable.
2015 Projection: 70 YPG (840)/7 TD/4.9 YPC/ 21 receptions 120 yards/1 TD