Notre Dame Opponent Preview: Clemson Tigers Offense

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Sep 5, 2015; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Zac Brooks (24) carries the ball during the first half against the Wofford Terriers at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

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The featured back for Clemson is sophomore Wayne Gallman, who has proven to be a reliable second option in head coach Dabo Swinney’s spread offense. As a freshman, Gallman rushed for 769 yards and scored four touchdowns. Because he isn’t the go-to guy on offense, his numbers don’t really show how explosive he can be. Gallman reminds me of what C.J Prosise has been able to do for Notre Dame’s offense this year. He’s not a big back on tape, but he plays with the demeanor of a power back. He keeps his feet moving and pushes piles forward for extra yardage. He’s also incredibly evasive in space. If the Irish defenders fail to wrap up, Gallman will make them look foolish and run down the field with ease both inside and outside the tackles.

It’s also important to note that even though he hasn’t had much success in the passing game this season (two catches for three yards,) he’s really dangerous on third downs as a screen option. Because of his ability to make guys miss, Clemson will definitely utilize him with screens out of the backfield. Watch out for Gallman as he can put Clemson’s offense on his back Saturday.

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