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Swinney: Wayne Gallman will be ready for Florida State

October 15, 2016: Clemson running back Wayne Gallman (9) during 1st half action between the Clemson Tigers and the NC State Wolfpack at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC. (Photo by Doug Buffington/ Icon Sportswire).
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After suffering a concussion against NC State on Oct. 15, Clemson running back Wayne Gallman will be ready to return against Florida State Saturday, according to coach Dabo Swinney. The coach noted Tuesday morning that Gallman was a full participant in practice on Monday.

Gallman was diagnosed with a concussion after getting hit in the first quarter against NC State, but denied that he was concussed. He allegedly argued with trainers to return to the game. However, he reported that he did not remember any events for 20 minutes after the hit, including his insistence on returning.

As a sophomore, Gallman set a single-season rushing record for Clemson with 1527 yards. He also added 13 touchdowns and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. He is the team’s leading rusher this season as well with 489 yards and five touchdowns on, again, 5.4 yards per carry. Gallman was only rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals coming out of high school and was recruited as both a running back and safety.

Clemson is currently very much in the playoff picture, sitting at No. 3 in both the AP and Coaches Polls entering Saturday’s matchup against Florida State. Their undefeated record will be put to the test against a team that is ranked No. 12 in the country entering the matchup. Clemson has only faced one ranked opponent thus far this season when they defeated then-No. 3 Louisville by a score of 42-36.

Florida State is 2-1 against ranked opponents this season, with wins against Miami and Ole Miss. They were blown out by Louisville 63-20 in their third game of the season.

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