Gallman in line to crack thousand-yard mark against the Gamecocks


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Gallman scores against Wake Forest last Saturday
Gallman scores against Wake Forest last Saturday

For most of the season, Clemson fans had to be wondering, “Where’s Wayne Gallman?”

As a sophomore, Gallman had 283 carries for 1,527 yards in helping lead the Tigers to the ACC championship, the College Football Playoff and eventually the national title game. But this season, there has been a drop-off in Gallman’s production, and he had 138 carries for 670 yards entering Saturday’s game at Wake Forest.

After getting 30 carries against Auburn in the season opener, Gallman’s high was 22 carries against Florida State before Saturday’s game. But against the Demon Deacons, Gallman had 22 carries for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

It was his fourth 100-yard game of the season (he had nine last year), and he already has matched his season total of 13 touchdowns from a season ago.

Gallman had a career-high 191 yards against South Carolina two years ago, and he could crack the 1,000 yard mark on the season with 169 yards against the Gamecocks this weekend.

Gallman’s big game moved him back into the top 100 in rushing leaders in the nation (after he dropped out last week). He is tied for 74th, averaging 75.55 yards per game.

Other NCAA rankings of note:

TEAM

Offense

Scoring: 38.5 points per game (T18).

Rushing: 165.27 yards per game (76).

Passing: 333.1 yards per game (9).

Total: 498.4 yards per game (18).

First downs: 25.5 per game (T13).

Defense

Scoring: 17.9 points per game (T10).

Rushing: 129.27 yards per game (23).

Passing: 186.8 yards per game (15).

Total: 316.1 yards per game (13).

Third-down conversion: 27.88 percent (5).

Sacks: 39.0 (T3).

Tackles for loss: 96.0 (3).

Interceptions: 15 (T11).

INDIVIDUAL

Offense

Passing: Deshaun Watson, 298.1 yards per game (11).

Receiving: Mike Williams, 92.2 yards per game (22).

Total: Watson, 336.7 yards per game (8).

Defense

Tackles: Ben Boulware, 88 (T68).

Sacks: Carlos Watsons, 7.5 (T36).

Tackles for loss: Christian Wilkins, 12.0 (T47).

Interceptions: Jadar Johnson, 4 (T18).

Special teams

Field goals: Greg Huegel, 81.3 percent (T30).

Scoring: Huegel, 7.9 points per game (60).

*Daniel Shirley is the sports editor of The Telegraph in Macon, Ga., and co-host of The Midday Sports Zone on Middle Georgia’s ESPN, 93.1 FM and 99.5 FM. Follow him on Twitter at @DM_Shirley and read his blog at macon.com/peachsports

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