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#26 Phil Mafah

Phil Mafah - Football - Clemson University Athletics
Loganville, Ga.
High School:
Grayson HS

Punishing young running back who debuted with 292 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 68 rushing attempts and 50 receiving yards on seven catches over 170 snaps in nine games (one start) as a true freshman in 2021.

2021: Initially planned to redshirt but was called into action following attrition at running back … recorded 292 yards and three touchdowns on 68 carries and gained 50 yards on seven receptions over 170 offensive snaps in nine games (one start) … made his collegiate debut vs. Boston College, rushing eight times for 58 yards … rushed nine times for 30 yards and caught three passes for 27 yards at Syracuse … recorded 14 rushing yards and his first career rushing touchdown on three carries at No. 23 Pitt … recorded a career-long 63-yard run — Clemson’s longest rush since Travis Etienne’s 72-yard touchdown run against Miami in 2020 — among his 69 yards on nine carries vs. Florida State … gained 21 yards on seven carries at Louisville … rushed 17 times for 49 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 26 yards vs. UConn … carried twice vs. No. 13 Wake Forest … added 43 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries at South Carolina … gained seven yards on two carries vs. Iowa State.

Before Clemson: Unanimous top 300 player nationally … ranked No. 178 by 247Sports, which also listed him as the 11th-best running back in the nation and 16th-best player in Georgia … ranked No. 148 by, which ranked him as the eighth-best running back in the nation and 12th-best player in Georgia … ESPN300 member who was listed as a four-star prospect by all services … PrepStar Top 350 All-American who was ranked by the service as the nation’s No. 159 overall recruit, the No. 13 running bank and No. 15 player in Georgia … in three years at Grayson High, rushed for 2,526 yards on 288 carries, an 8.8-yard average, and scored 37 total touchdowns … had 10 100-yard rushing games in 29 career games … also recorded 20 career receptions for 224 yards and four scores … rushed for 1,130 yards on 130 attempts (8.7 per rush) in 2020, scoring 18 touchdowns and notching five 100-yard rushing games … team currently sits at 12-0 in 2020 and is ranked second in the state by MaxPreps … had career-high 222 rushing yards on 16 carries against McEachern, a 13.9-yard average, with two scores … followed that with games of 23 rushes for 175 yards, 19 for 142 yards and 20 for 146 yards … had 676 yards and a 10-yard average in 2019, missing four games with a broken collarbone … recorded 720 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018 … committed to Clemson on Aug. 29, 2019 as the Tigers first commit of the 2021 recruiting class … recruited by Mickey Conn and Tony Elliott … played for Adam Carter at Grayson High School … . attended same high school as several former Clemson players, including NFL running back Wayne Gallman.

Personal: Enrolled at Clemson in January 2021 … born Oct. 24, 2002 … pre-business major.