Elliott says backups will have to knock out Howard to be RB starter


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Pos: RB   Height: 5-11   Weight: 205   Hometown: Lincoln, AL (Lincoln HS)  
Years Played: 2010 - 2014

Speaking at Dabo Swinney's media golf even on Tuesday, Clemson running back coach Tony Elliott said that running back D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
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will be the starter unless one of other three backups - Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
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, C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
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, and Zac BrooksZac Brooks
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- truly separates from the group.

"With D.J. [Howard] being the veteran with the most experience and the way he was performing you got to go knock out the champ," Elliott said. "I'm not about going in with a split decision and taking the belt away from the champ...at the same time you got to understand yes there is a starter, but the starter can't play every snap and carry every time. In today's college football the days of a guy carrying the ball 30 times and lasting the whole season is not realistic."

Elliott said he honestly thought Zac Brooks could have been starter by now in his career.

"I thought he would be the guy, by now, that would separate himself," Elliott said. "I think he has all the tools, all the ability. Now he is at the point where he is starting to carry a little bit more weight. I think he is a guy that most naturally from an ability standpoint, from an experience standpoint could separate himself. And you saw some flashes of that in the spring game. He really pushed D.J. for that spot."

Elliott also said he realistically has 4 guys that could all separate themselves and be the guy.

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deroberts
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slumdog
spacer Brooks has actually been pretty good
camcgee®
spacer You are 100% correct - IF (big "IF") Howard and Brooks
Smiling Tiger®
spacer Re: You are 100% correct - IF (big "IF") Howard and Brooks
oldschtiger70
spacer I definitely trust the coaches to get the best players on
Smiling Tiger®
spacer Re: I definitely trust the coaches to get the best players on
Exiled2
spacer Re: You are 100% correct - IF (big "IF") Howard and Brooks
Tigerbalm1®
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gville76
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babaganoush
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deroberts
spacer I'm sure you know better than our coaching staff.....
Anonymous08®
spacer Darn glad the coaches make the decisions, not you guys.***
Orangetiger70®
spacer Re: Darn glad the coaches make the decisions, not you guys.***
slumdog
spacer keep on trollin***
Anonymous08®
spacer That's not quite right
camcgee®
spacer Re: That's not quite right
PJSmith®
spacer The only BS originates with you.***
Orangetiger70®
spacer Tell 'em coot
clemson80tiger
spacer My input on Howard
Prime T. Tiger
spacer Good news is RB is a position true freshman can handle***
Battery505®
spacer Lets all take a step back
Clemsons Finest
spacer Re: Lets all take a step back
lhaselden
spacer Re: Lets all take a step back
oldschtiger70
spacer Can they pass block?***
tigerdrummer®
spacer I am going to keep saying this so that when
92TigerGrad®
spacer I can see CJ getting it done for us. The kid's got a great
wildblulou®
spacer Re: I can see CJ getting it done for us. The kid's got a great
oldschtiger70
spacer Re: I can see CJ getting it done for us. The kid's got a great
Corderiette®
spacer Re: I am going to keep saying this so that when
oldschtiger70
spacer ok...
Prime T. Tiger
spacer Sounds like a lot of coach speak.
cmj2086®
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allorangeallthetime52®
spacer True. I just love Davidson's combination of
92TigerGrad®
spacer like actually unconscious? or just like a TKO or whatnot?***
Btwiceborn®
spacer This could be a line so the Dawgs studies Howard and then>>
HumbleServant
spacer Elliott/Chad/Dabo not giving team a chance if Howard starts
SocMan2®
spacer You need to go back and watch the coaches' interviews...
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