EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have signed former Dallas Cowboys running back Rod Smith.
The Giants announced the signing Wednesday, putting Smith in a crowded backfield to...
Giants place RB Jonathan Stewart on injured reserve
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants placed Jonathan Stewart, their most experienced running back, on injured reserve Friday.
Stewart, who joined the Giants this year after 10 seasons with the Carolina Panthers, has a foot injury. His spot on the roster was taken by Jawill Davis, a wide receiver from Bethune-Cookman. Davis joins tight end Garrett Dickerson as newcomers to the roster. They could make their NFL debuts on Sunday when the Giants host the New Orleans Saints.
Barkley runs alone as New York Giants return to practice
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — First-round draft pick Saquon Barkley ran on his own as the New York Giants returned to practice.
The former Penn State running back drafted No. 2 overall carried a ball and ran at roughly three-quarter speed Sunday as strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman watched.
Davis Webb bounces back and helps Giants beat Lions 30-17
DETROIT (AP) — Davis Webb took a step toward restoring confidence that he can be a capable backup quarterback for the New York Giants.
Webb took advantage of his opportunity to play for Eli Manning, throwing a go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter to help the New York Giants beat the Detroit Lions 30-17 Friday night.
Giants sign running back Jonathan Stewart
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have agreed to a contract with veteran running back Jonathan Stewart, who was released by the Carolina Panthers after 10 seasons.
The Giants announced the deal on Tuesday night. Terms were not disclosed.
The 30-year-old Stewart is Carolina's all-time leading rusher with 7,318 yards, and his 51 rushing touchdowns rank second in team history.
Giants rookie RB Wayne Gallman getting more playing time
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — If last week was any indication, rookie Wayne Gallman might be the featured running back in the New York Giants' offense.
The fourth-round draft pick from Clemson had career highs across the board Sunday, carrying 12 times for 59 yards and catching seven passes for 40 yards in the 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
No. 4 Clemson overcomes changing personnel to win once more
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Not this year, no way. Defending national champion Clemson had lost too much, the thinking went, on offense to post another serious threat to the title. But with the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season done, the Tigers are exactly where they want to be — on top of the ACC Atlantic and poised for another deep run.
Coming off a national championship and having two players picked in the first of the 2017 NFL Draft, one of three things was possible for Clemson football: it could drop off, it could be at the same level or, somehow, it could improve.
The third scenario appears to be the case for the Tigers.
CLEMSON – The biggest question mark for the Clemson offense heading into this season was clearly who would replace All-American quarterback Deshaun Watson.
But not too far behind were concerns about who was going to fill the void left by running back Wayne Gallman, who was taken in the fourth round of last April’s NFL draft by the New York Giants.
Sapakoff: Clemson play-callers Elliott, Scott are up to the post-Watson challenge
CLEMSON – Deshaun Watson as a college quarterback would have made any “Bachelorette” contestant look like a genius play-caller.
Clemson’s national championship winning, two-time Heisman Trophy finalist also had some consistently productive friends. Mike Williams, Artavis Scott, Jordan Leggett and Wayne Gallman have gone to the NFL, too.
Clemson running backs predict one of them will be the best in the ACC
CLEMSON — C.J. Fuller chats with Wayne Gallman every now and then just to catch up and see how things are going for the former Clemson running back now with the New York Giants.
The last time they spoke, Gallman left Fuller with this:
“Keep grinding,” Gallman said. “Just keep grinding.”
From quarterbacks to punters, five questions Clemson faces heading into fall camp
CLEMSON — For months it has been all about speculation and questions.
Thursday marks the beginning of some answers.
Nearly seven months after Clemson’s football team won its second national championship, fall camp officially kicks off this week as the country turns its eyes toward Death Valley to see how the Tigers respond after 2016.
Clemson football announces depth chart for summer; Bryant still No. 1 QB
CLEMSON — Clemson's football team announced its depth chart for summer camp on Monday, and unsurprisingly, it is highlighted by rising junior quarterback Kelly Bryant, whom Dabo Swinney says will be the starter if Clemson were to play a game right now.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Kelly Bryant will start summer camp as Clemson's starting quarterback and will get the first shot at replacing the Tigers' All-American Deshaun Watson.
Bryant was listed as the starter on the Tigers summer depth chart released on Monday. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound junior has spent the past two seasons as a backup for Watson and Nick Schussler.
CLEMSON — As the NFL Draft turns to the third and final day featuring rounds four through seven, a slew of former Clemson football players are likely to hear their name called Saturday afternoon.
Wide receiver Mike Williams (Round 1, No. 7), quarterback Deshaun Watson (Round 1, No. 12) and cornerback Cordrea Tankersley (Round 3, No. 97) have already landed with the Los Angeles Chargers, Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins, respectively.
On the beat: Seniors get national championship rings, Swinney gets big crowd he asked for
CLEMSON — Ben Boulware started to cry and put his face in his hands while Jadar Johnson comforted him.
Deshaun Watson whipped out his phone to snap a few photos.
OTB: Feaster eyeing top running back spot, Trevion Thompson responding well from injury
CLEMSON — Tavien Feaster watched from the sidelines when Clemson strung together its national championship-winning drive in Tampa, Fla. during the wee hours of Jan. 10, ecstatic to just be part of the celebration.
"I got to be there for a national championship and contribute on special teams," the rising sophomore running back said. "So I was just thankful to be there."
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney walked into offseason drills last month and spun his head around.
"I was looking for Deshaun (Watson) and I couldn't find him," Swinney quipped Wednesday.
It will be a year of adjustments and change for the Tigers, who began spring drills less than two months after Watson led them to the program's second national championship.
As nine Clemson players head to NFL combine, interview process will be equally important as on-field workouts
CLEMSON — Network television and evening highlight reels will show the 40-yard dash times and flashy plays on the field. But off of it, behind closed doors with just 15 minutes to prove themselves, nine Clemson players are poised for the biggest job interviews of their lives this week.
The official NFL Scouting Combine invitation list has been released and, as expected, is littered with Clemson players — nine to be exact.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson, wide receiver Mike Williams, linebacker Ben Boulware, running back Wayne Gallman, safety Jadar Johnson, tight end Jordan Leggett, wide receiver Artavis Scott, cornerback Cordrea Tankersley and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins all got the nod.
TAMPA, Fla. — Top-ranked Alabama struck first, thanks to a gamble gone wrong for Clemson, and the Crimson Tide lead the Tigers 7-0 after the first quarter of Monday night’s College Football Playoff national championship game.
This is the first time this season Clemson has trailed at the end of the first quarter.
Williston’s Taylor Hearn fits right in with Clemson’s physical offensive line
CLEMSON — If you ask co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliot, there's no question who the unsung heroes of Clemson's national championship game runs are. The headlines are generally written about the very talented quarterback, the running back or the receivers who present matchup problems for many defenses.
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson seems most comfortable this time of year; he can see the finish line, and it’s a point of pride to be at his best with championships up for grabs. Watson’s running ability offers a serious threat Ohio State hasn’t seen. His counterpart, J.T. Barrett, isn’t far behind in the big-game experience department, but he’s nowhere near the thrower.
Sapakoff: College Football Playoff heat is on Clemson’s blockers
CLEMSON – It was perhaps the most frustrating pair of Clemson plays this season.
No gain for running back Wayne Gallman on 3-and-1 against Pittsburgh.
Immediately followed by no gain – and no holes again – for Gallman on 4-and-1 in the final minute as the Tigers tried to seal what turned out to be a 43-42 loss on Nov. 12.
“A wake-up call,” sophomore tackle Mitch Hyatt said Monday.
The key to the Gamecocks one day retaking control of this rivalry, or leveling the playing field, is closing this gap. USC’s Jake Bentley has made precocious strides, and instead of playing for a high school title he has won four college starts. But Deshaun Watson shook off a few interception-prone moments this year to put up more huge numbers.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — So, Wayne Gallman, is it more fun when you get to run the ball early, often and well?
“Oh, yes, very,” Gallman said, with a modest grin.
Would one argue, perhaps, that when the running game is cooking, football is easier for any and every offensive squad from NFL and NCAA to preps and Pee-Wee?
“Yes,” Gallman answered. “Yeah, I would say that’s very true.” Another grin.
No. 5 Clemson beats Wake 35-13, wraps up division title
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — No. 5 Clemson didn't let its first loss turn into two. Instead, the Tigers wrapped up one championship, assured themselves of playing for another — and made a case for a shot at the biggest one of all.
Deshaun Watson rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another score, and Clemson bounced back from its first loss of the season by clinching a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game and beating Wake Forest 35-13 on Saturday night.
Clemson notes: Wayne Gallman sets 100-yard record, moves up career rushing list
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Even in a relatively quiet junior season, tailback Wayne Gallman continues to find himself in the end zone and Clemson’s record book.
Gallman (22 carries, 161 yards, 2 TD Saturday) set a school record with his 16th career 100-yard game in the Tigers’ 35-13 victory at Wake Forest. Clemson is 16-0 when Gallman reaches 100 yards.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Clemson is 30 minutes away from defending its ACC Atlantic Division title, though Wake Forest gathered a little momentum midway through the second quarter.
The Tigers lead 28-10 at the orange slices and will receive the second-half kickoff on a breezy, bitterly-cold night at BB&T Field.
Swinney: Clemson offensive stars leaving after this year
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, tailback Wayne Gallman and receivers Mike Williams and Artavis Scott are heading to the NFL after this season.
Coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday that the four juniors are graduating in December and have informed him this would be their last college season. The group will be honored at Senior Day on Saturday when the third-ranked Tigers (9-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) host Pitt.
Clemson’s coach: Injured RB Wayne Gallman will play Saturday
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says Wayne Gallman practiced with the team Monday and will play against No. 12 Florida State on Saturday night.
Clemson RB Gallman says hit by NC State’s Wright was ‘dirty’
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson running back Wayne Gallman said Monday that the hit by North Carolina State defensive back Dravious Wright that knocked him out of the game on Oct. 15 was "dirty" and he wanted a teammate to retaliate.
Clemson coach: Injured RB Wayne Gallman won’t practice
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says starting tailback Wayne Gallman will be out of practice this week as he goes through concussion protocol.
Gallman missed most of No. 4 Clemson's 24-17 overtime win against North Carolina State when he took a hard hit in the opening quarter and was taken into the locker room.
Clemson’s Gallman, Renfrow knocked out of game vs NC State
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Running back Wayne Gallman was knocked out of third-ranked Clemson's game against North Carolina State after getting injured in the first quarter, and receiver Hunter Renfrow left in the fourth after hitting his head on the ground while trying to make a catch.
Watson and No. 3 Clemson take of care business at BC, 56-10
BOSTON (AP) — By Tuesday, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney could tell his team needed a break. That victory against Louisville was dramatic and draining, and a long trip on short rest was looming.
Swinney eased up a bit on the third-ranked Tigers and they responded with a sharp performance when they easily could have come out flat, beating Boston College 56-10 on Friday night.
With ACC showdown looming, No. 5 Clemson faces Georgia Tech
ATLANTA (AP) — With an ACC showdown looming, Clemson is still lacking the sort of performance that would show it's capable of making another run at the national championship.
The No. 5 Tigers get a chance to sharpen their credentials when they take on unbeaten Georgia Tech in a prime-time game Thursday.
Clemson scores 2 TDs in no time. Really!
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — How's this for quick scoring? Two touchdowns with no time off the clock.
That's what happened in the first quarter for No. 5 Clemson in Saturday game against South Carolina State.
After Wayne Gallman ran 3 yards for a score, the ensuing kickoff went to Ahmaad Harris in the end zone. The receiver flipped the ball to the official before taking a knee. That's a fumble! Clemson's Denzel Johnson pounced on the ball for the touchdown.
No. 2 Clemson, Watson survive 19-13 scare against Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Clemson's Dabo Swinney kept his kicker on the sideline and put the game in star quarterback Deshaun Watson's hands.
The decision worked in the second-ranked Tigers' 19-13 win over Auburn on Saturday night, but not without a few more anxious moments in an opener filled with them.