Elliott breaks down pecking order at running back


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Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott said after Thursday's scrimmage that running back Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
RS So. Running Back
#9 6-1, 205
Loganville, GA

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is the front runner to start at running back against Wofford.

"He has distanced himself a little bit," Elliott said about Gallman. "I would say C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
RS Sr. Running Back
#21 5-10, 200
Clemson, SC

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has chased him down the most and kind of closed that gap. But right now coming out of it Wayne is at the top then C.J. and then you got the rest of the guys right behind those two. We are going to need all of them. I thought Tyshon [Dye] over the last couple of days and last couple of practices has really started to come on. He is a lot more confident. He is feeling more comfortable. He is running with better pad leverage. C.J. FullerC.J. Fuller
RS Fr. Running Back
#27 5-9, 215
Easley, SC

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just continues to find ways to make plays and we are anxious to get Zac[Brooks] and Adam [Choice] back in the mix."

Gallman had nine carries for 91 yards and scored on a 50-yard run in Thursday's scrimmage. He has averaged 6.7 yards per carry and has been the top rusher in all three scrimmages.

In 2014, Gallman was one of only four running backs in FBS (Todd Gurley, Terron Ward and Corey Clement) to have 800 yards, five touchdowns and no fumbles. He was also an outstanding workhorse against the rival in-state Gamecocks as he had a game-high 191 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.

Elliott also discussed the possibility of redshirting running back Adam Choice.

"We got a little bit time to fully make that decision, but physically I think he is there," Elliot said. "Once he has the ball in his hands it is just natural for him. Where he is struggling a little bit is just the confidence that hey your knee is fixed. The power will come. He doesn't quite have the power especially in pass protection. The biggest thing is physically he is there. Mentally we got to continue to get him there. Again you are talking about an ACL injury for a running back, getting hit on it and you got a knee brace. Things feel a little bit different. So he has had a good camp. We will go a couple more weeks before we make that decision."

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