Coming off a tough loss against Pittsburgh in which he averaged only two yards per carry, Wayne Gallman ran all over Wake Forest last Saturday, gaining a season high 161 yards on 22 carries. He also managed to punch in two touchdowns, including a 42-yard sprint.
With every football fan in South Carolina’s favorite week finally here, Gallman will need to be at top strength facing the Gamecocks on Saturday. It was a big answer from the running game, especially with the offensive lines well-documented struggles this season.
Gallman says the offensive line has not given enough credit and is ready to prove everybody wrong.
“They’ve done a really good job. They’re tired of hearing all the soft talk and they want to impose their will whether it’s pass blocking or run walking,” the Clemson running back said.
The offensive line will have to bring their A-game against a South Carolina defense that is only allowing 22 points a game. Regardless of the stats or rankings going into the game, one this is for certain; the intensity will be at an all-time high in Death Valley.
“Just with the players on the field it’s really intense,” said Gallman. “Those players try to come out and there’s a whole lot more smack talk.”
Gallman says he does not care for the smack talk.
“I just kind of smile at that stuff,” he said.
While South Carolina is certainly the underdog, Gallman says that does not really matter in a game like this.
“They’re a pretty good team,” he said. “They’ve gotten better as the each week went on and like any other team they pose a challenge that we’re going to have to take on.”
There might be plenty of trash talking on the field, but Gallman is proud that Clemson has toned down the banter between the schools since taking over the rivalry a couple of years ago.
In a game where there are so many unknowns, especially in a big rivalry game with playoff implications, one things is for sure …. Gallman is ready to run.
”I’m just ready to play, I’m not even worried about it,” he said. “We’re focused because we gotta control the state, so who ever wins takes the state.”