Clemson offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter raves about Tigers' running back Phil Mafah
Clemson running back Phil Mafah is seemingly taking advantage of his opportunity to be the Tigers’ No. 1 running back this spring.
With Will Shipley and Kobe Pace out due to injury, Mafah is taking on an inordinate workload this spring. According to Clemson offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter, he’s doing exceptionally well with that responsibility.
“I’m very pleased with Phil,” Streeter told reporters this week, via Clemson SI’s Brad Senkiw. “We challenged him when we started the spring that, ‘Hey, you’re going to take a big workload.’ It’s such a great opportunity for him to get a ton of reps with that first group. And I’m telling you right now, that kid has been incredible.”
Streeter also said he wouldn’t hesitate to play Mafah in a game after seeing his performance this spring.
“I got no reservations about (Mafah) in the game at any time,” Streeter added. “That kid is explosive. He’s big, he’s physical, he’s smart.”
Last season, Mafah carried the ball 68 times for 292 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was a solid option for Clemson’s offense, which dealt with injuries across the board on offense last season.
Mafah was a 4-star prospect in the class of 2021. He was the No. 11 running back nationally in that cycle, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.
Shipley and Pace are expected to be ready for the 2022 season.
Clemson’s spring game is on April 9.