Clemson is finally back to a normal game-week schedule after enjoying a crucial bye week. The Tigers were able to rest after seven games, but they now have their full attention on the trip to Florida State. Co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott and some players met with the media on Monday to discuss the task at hand.
Here is what we heard:
Quarterback Deshaun Watson said that the bye week came at a great time and allowed for the team to really focus in on the remainder of the season.
“What are your goals for yourself and what are your goals for this team? It is so easy to get sucked into the season and forget what you really want to achieve for this team and for this season,” Watson said. “It was a good chance to look over those goals, recommit, get back to the basics and regroup. Just make sure you review those goals and see how close and how much are you really trying to achieve those goals,”
Watson said that he likes where his team is right now, and the Tigers are determined to reach their season goals.
“We are in the perfect position to control our own destiny. We just have to continue to do what we do and handle each week as it is own and move forward from there,” Watson said.
However, Florida State is the next big test for Clemson, and the Tigers have not won in Tallahassee since 2006. Running back Wayne Gallman said that protecting the football and not turning it over will be extremely important.
“If we can have a game with no turnovers and fully execute on offense, defense and special teams, then that will be our best game, but this week in practice will decide that,” Gallman said.
After sustaining a massive hit against NC State, Gallman’s availability for the game is still questionable. The coaches are hopeful that he will be ready to go come Saturday, but Gallman is still waiting to be cleared for full contact in practice as a part of concussion protocol.
“I hate not being able to play. It hurt just standing on the sideline at N.C. State because I told coach Swinney I was fine, I could go back in, but they told me no. So, it’s hard, man. I hate having to do that, but I’m glad to be able to practice this week.”
If it were up to Gallman, he would definitely be playing against Florida State, but he will continue to follow the protocol after a hit that took his memory away.
I don’t remember anything at all until I got back to the training room,” Gallman said. “It’s like I went to sleep and woke up in the training room. I saw a video of myself walking off. I don’t even remember that.”
If Gallman does not get cleared to play, Elliott said that Clemson will go with C.J. Fuller who saw a lot of action against NC State in Gallman’s absence.
“I thought he did some good things, but you also saw there were some opportunities where he could have done a little bit better, and I think it was an experience factor,” Elliott said. “Wayne’s played a lot of football. He’s been in those battles. He understands and has a chemistry with his offensive line, whereas some of those guys that are down the line aren’t getting quite as many reps. It takes reps and repetition with those guys and getting comfortable to be able to extend those 3-yard plays to 5-yard plays to 7-yard plays, and I think that’s what you get in Wayne Gallman.”