Wayne Gallman has been waiting for this Giants opportunity

Sunday, 08 October 2017, 03:26:11 PM. Wayne Gallman has gone from the top of the college football world to the bottom of the professional world, from a national championship at Clemson one magical night in January to an 0-4 New York Fo…

Wayne Gallman has gone from the top of the college football world to the bottom of the professional world, from a national championship at Clemson one magical night in January to an 0-4 New York Football Giant.

And he stands in the center of the Giants’ locker room and sounds very much like the son of a Marine when he tells you:

“It’s all about just adversity and how to build through adversity, and how you grow from that, what do you learn from it? In some ways it’s helpful because it challenges you. It challenges you mentally, physically: What you do off the field? How much more do you study film? … What are you gonna do to help? What are you gonna do to get that next win? So it challenges everybody and that’s a good thing about adversity.

“I’m not saying it’s good that we’re 0-4, but I know moving forward that we’re gonna be a much better team.”

And as coach Ben McAdoo searches frantically for something, someone to spark the NFL’s 31st-ranked rushing attack, for something, someone to help Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. locate the end zone in the first quarter as a preemptive strike against the boobirds … all aboard the Wayne Train.

“Always had a smile on his face. Always brightened up a room,” Clemson quarterbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Brandon Streeter told The Post. “Had the best practice habits of anybody on the team. He always went 100 percent. There was no like 50 percent for Wayne Gallman. You can tell by just how he runs the ball on gameday — he’s a violent runner. That’s his best attribute. He’s got a lot of ’em, but the biggest one is he’s a violent runner, and he’s not gonna get tackled by just one guy. His quickness, his footwork and things like that have always been obviously a big thing for him as well.”

The game wasn’t too big for him when he made his debut against the Buccaneers. He caught a touchdown pass and stoned defensive end William Gholston, and with Paul Perkins (rib) on the shelf … all aboard the Wayne Train.

“I’m just a physical runner. I don’t like to go down,” Gallman said. “At running back, we take the most hits usually. And with that, why not rather impose the hit rather than taking it? I’m not gonna take the hit — or try not to take the hit. Understand?”

Understand.

“I think Wayne’s an exciting player,” Manning said. “He kind of has that breakaway talent, you kind of feel there’s a big play anytime he gets the ball that he can get a little crease and make a guy miss and take a long one.”

Gallman — who looks lean for a 6-foot, 215-pounder — is more decisive than he is fast, and is a young man in a hurry. It wasn’t easy being inactive the first three weeks.

“You want to be out there, you want to play, you want to help the team,” he said. “But it’s also been good for me mentally, just taking all those mental reps, looking at Paul and [Orleans Darkwa] and Shane [Vereen] and seeing how they do things. And also watching defenses come at us. Just mentally preparing myself.”

Darkwa has been impressed.

“Explosive, powerful,” Darkwa said. “He wants to learn. He asks a lot of questions, which is good, especially when you’re getting an opportunity, you want to make sure you’re perfect as far as your alignment, your assignments, all your keys, all those type of things. As far as when he has the ball in his hands, he knows what to do with it. He can get downhill, and he can make defenders miss when he needs to.”

Gallman was a Marcus Allen fan.

“Me and him have a similar running style,” he said. “And plus, when you watch him, he’s just electric, he’s physical, he can catch the ball well, and he just has all those qualities that you want in a running back for your team.”

He also was an Adrian Peterson fan.

“That’s a monster man,” Gallman said. “AP is, to me, one of the best in history.”

There is no fear in Wayne Gallman.

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“Big stage, you better be wanting your number to be called,” he said.

All aboard the Wayne Train. Who was more than happy to pull into the East Rutherford station.

“I was happy in one way because it’s the New York Giants,” Gallman said of being selected in the fourth round. “They’ve done plenty of things in the past, they’ve won Super Bowls, got Eli Manning, legendary player. I already knew Odell. B.J. [Goodson, college teammate] was up here. And I’m like, ‘Man, it’s crazy that I get to come back up here.’ My other fact about it is just that I’m in a new area, a new city, and it’s just a new journey.”

Next stop: 1-4.

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