CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson running back Wayne Gallman was quick to point out Alabama does not have the best defense in the country.
“Actually they’re No. 2 behind Boston College,” Gallman said, in an almost defiant tone.
Gallman is right. Boston College finished the season ranked No. 1 nationally in total defense, allowing just 254.3 yards per game. The Crimson Tide came in right behind at a 256.8 mark. Why was the distinction so necessary — outside of the fact that Gallman has probably heard the question about Alabama’s front seven 112 times in the past hour? On Oct. 17, Gallman had his lowest output as a rusher of the 2015 season: 48 yards on 17 carries against the Eagles.
He purposely set the bar at Boston College, not Alabama, because Gallman expects to do more versus the Crimson Tide. But nothing will come easy, said the ACC’s second-leading rusher.
“That linebacker, Reggie Ragland — No. 19, he’s very good,” said Gallman on Tuesday. “He’s one of the best linebackers I’ve seen this year. That’s a challenge in and of itself. Their whole defensive line — No. 10 Reuben Foster. All those guys are good. It’s good versus good.”
Gallman averaged 5.5 yards per carry this season and gained 1,482 yards on the ground. He knows if he wants to replicate that kind of output, he’s going to have to find a way to beat Ragland.