Chad Morris says his offense requires multiple backs, and that Dye, Gallman fit the bill

'Both Tyshon and Wayne are bigger backs, and that's what we targeted..Each brings some uniqueness'

Elbert County's Tyshon Dye runs the ball against North Oconee.

Elbert County's Tyshon Dye runs the ball against North Oconee.

Even with Rod McDowell, D.J. Howard and Zac Brooks ahead in the pecking order and having productive springs, the chances are good that Clemson fans will get to see freshmen running backs Tyshon Dye and Wayne Gallman sooner rather than later.

Part of the reason, says offensive coordinator Chad Morris, is that both newcomers bring a "uniqueness" to Clemson's offensive arsenal.

The other factor pointing to early playing time for the two freshmen is that Morris' offensive style demands a committee of running backs for optimum performance.

"Both Tyshon and Wayne are bigger backs, and that's what we targeted this year," said Morris recently in an interview on Clemson's official website. "I'm excited about both of them, because each brings some uniqueness, and the days of just having one running back, and one guy playing the entire game, those days are over with."

The Tigers ran an average of 81.7 plays per game last season, with highs of 102 against N.C. State and 100 against LSU and lows of 59 against South Carolina and 66 against Virginia Tech.

That's just too many for one running back, Morris said.

"We feel we need a good stable of running backs," Morris said. "We're snapping the ball 80-85 times, and sometimes even a hundred times a game. A running back's longevity is about 45-50 snaps a game. We have to make sure we control that.

"We're really excited about Wayne and Tyshon. We were on both those guys as sophomores. So this thing started way back, building a relationship. Coach (Tony) Elliott did a really good job."

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