Dabo Swinney made it clear during Tuesday’s news conference that starting running back Wayne Gallman will play and won’t be limited during Saturday’s game at Florida State.
“Wayne Gallman is going to play Saturday at 8:22 p.m.,” Swinney said.
Gallman said Monday he was hoping to practice in pads by Thursday, and co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott said he was unsure if Gallman had passed the concussion protocol.
Swinney cleared up the confusion.
“He’s going to practice in pads (Tuesday). He’s going to do all the team stuff. He’s ready to go,” Swinney said.
Clemson receiver Hunter Renfrow is also full-go at practice after leaving the game against N.C. State. Renfrow said last week he felt “numb” but Swinney said he did not miss any practice time.
Swinney added that the college system does a good job of handling concussions.
“I think the trainers and the doctors and the coaches are more conscious now. The game’s safer than it’s ever been,” he said. “You know the signs to look for, and if there’s any question at all you’re out.”
RESPONDING TO DOEREN
N.C. State coach Dave Doeren was asked if his team did what it needed to do to win at Clemson and said, “Yeah we did. We knocked their tailback out of the game.”
Swinney said he was aware of Doeren’s comments and the two have discussed them.
“I have not seen it, heard about it,” Swinney said. “I’ve actually talked to Dave. He called me yesterday and we talked about that. We move on.”
Purdue interim coach Gerad Parker previously served as the Boilermakers wide receivers coach and Swinney reached out to offer advice on stepping into the interim coach role after serving as a wide receivers coach.
Swinney started as the wide receivers coach at Clemson in 2003 and continued that role until the middle of the 2008 season, when he took over for Tommy Bowden, who was fired.
“I talked to Dabo Swinney yesterday. … That man took 26 minutes out of his Monday and talked to me and watched our game,” Parker said. “For him to reach out and do that during a busy time for him and what he’s going through and spend 26 minutes and talk about the process for what he had to go through and all those things shows you why Clemson is where they are and why his guys believe in where he’s at.”