CLEMSON – Clemson running back Wayne Gallman doesn’t remember walking off the field after taking a hard hit delivered by N.C. State defender Dravious Wright on Oct. 15.
Gallman left the game on the No. 3 Tigers' first drive and underwent concussion protocol, and despite the memory loss, he still contends that he doesn’t have a concussion.
“I just remember catching the ball, making a move, going north and after that, I don’t remember anything at all until I got back to the training room,” Gallman said. “It was like I went to sleep and woke up in the training room. I saw a video of myself walking off (the field). I don’t even remember that.”
After sitting out of practice during the bye week, Gallman, who's listed as probable on the team's official injury report, still hasn’t been fully cleared for Saturday’s 8 p.m. game at No. 14 Florida State.
Gallman says he’s “fine” and expects to be on the field this week. He said he never had headaches and plans to practice in shorts Monday and slowly have his workload ramped up, but it’s expected to be until Thursday before a decision is made on if he’ll be available Saturday.
“Of course I don’t think I have (a concussion) because I’m ready to play,” Gallman said. “I’m not going to tell y’all I’ve got a concussion. They said I had one so I had to go to concussion protocol.”
It’s the first time in Gallman’s career that he’s not remembered something after a hit.
Gallman said it was “pretty much” a dirty play by Wright, although a penalty for targeting was not called. Clemson sent tape of the hit into the ACC office, and the conference backed the ruling on the field that it didn’t fall under the targeting rule, Gallman said.
“I wanted somebody to hurt him that was in the game if they could,” Gallman said. “I wasn’t able to be in.”
Gallman was hit in the side of his head, near his ear, and co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Tony Elliott said Gallman was initially knocked unconscious. He was helped off the field by trainers and said he didn't feel like he had a head or brain injury.
"You ask Wayne, you look at him, he’s fine, but I don’t live in that world to diagnose and say that he’s cleared," Elliott said. "They’ve got good hopes of him playing."
Gallman was on the sideline cheering his team on during the 24-17 overtime victory. He even went out on the field as a captain for the overtime coin toss.
“For me it’s not really scary,” said Gallman, who leads the team in rushing with 489 yards and five touchdowns. It’s like, ‘Dang, that really happened.’”
If Gallman's not cleared by the Clemson medical staff for Saturday's game, former Easley High School standout C.J. Fuller would likely get the start.
Fuller, who rushed for 56 yards on 16 carries while filling in for Gallman against the Wolfpack, received the first-team reps during the bye week and has shown the ability to the coaches to be a complete back.
Still, Elliott currently has Gallman being his main ball carrier in the game plan against FSU.
"He knows no fear. He’s not afraid of contact and he wants to be out there with his guys," Elliott said. "He belies in his ability to help this team win and he just wants to play."
Clemson's Nov. 5 game against Syracuse has been placed on the ACC's six-day option, so a start time won't be announced for the Tigers' next home game until Sunday at noon...The only other players on Clemson's injury report this week are DB Adrian Baker (knee), who's listed as questionable, and OT Tremayne Anchrum (ankle), who's probable to play Saturday.
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