Wayne Gallman knew he was not going to carry the football like he did at Auburn the week before, but he thought he was going to get more than the nine he got in No. 3 Clemson’s victory over Troy this past Saturday.
A week after producing 123 yards on 30 carries in the Tigers’ road win at Auburn, Clemson’s single-season record holder for rushing yards, gained just 34 on nine carries against Troy. It was the fewest number of carries for the junior since he had five against Georgia State on November 22, 2014.
“I didn’t know (the carries would be that low),” Gallman said when asked if he know he would only get nine carries. “I knew they were going to play everyone. I knew they were going to try and work everybody in, but I didn’t how low.”
Clemson (2-0) played three other running backs against Troy. Tyshon Dye carried the ball six times for 19 yards, while Adam Choice had three carries for 10 yards and C.J. Fuller had one for five yards.
“They have to get experience,” Gallman said.
Gallman did not mind his fellow running backs getting some playing time because he thinks they deserve some as well, but he was surprised he was on the sideline as long as he was at times. He figured they would shuffle each of them in and out.
However, that was not the case. Gallman sat on the sideline for so long at times last Saturday that fans began to wonder where he was at and if he got hurt.
“My mom was even saying that,” Gallman said jokingly.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said on Sunday that Gallman participated in 46 snaps in the Troy game, while Choice had 15, Dye had 13 and Fuller was in on 10.
“We wanted to get those other guys in there and give them some opportunities,” Swinney said. “We wanted to get those guys in there early and then the game just kind of changed a little bit on us. We are not worried about Wayne Gallman. He had a really good fourth quarter. He made some good plays for us in the passing game as well. He had three good catches and one big play.
“We know what we have in Wayne. He will be a workhorse for us all year.”
Gallman was okay with what Swinney was trying to do in getting guys like Dye, Choice and Fuller a little more experience. However, like any competitor, he wanted to be out there, especially with Troy playing relatively close for the majority of the game
“When things are not going as planned and we are not running up the score, of course I want to take the lead and try to push the team forward and do whatever I can,” he said. “But, it is not up to me. It’s up to what the coaches want.
“We have to really do what they want and do it great.”
Right now, Gallman says the only thing he can control is what he does in practice and then with the opportunities he gets on game days, whether that’s 30 carries or nine carries.
“For me, it is to dominate. Really dominate in practice throughout this week and dominate on Saturday, and I’m going to help in every way I can,” he said.