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Tigers Trailed Only 6:26

Clemson has played 420 minutes this season and has only trailed 6:26. The Tigers trailed Louisville 10-7 for 3:38 and trailed Boston College 7-0 for 2:48.

Wilkins' Enthusiasm

One of my favorites things about this team is their enthusiasm. Perhaps the most excitable player is Christian Wilkins. Because he is on the extra-point team, he is the first one that comes sprinting onto the field to congratulate the offense. His teammates talk about his magnetic personality. It helps that he is a tremendous player who is fourth on the team in tackles despite not starting and playing less than half of the defensive snaps.

Bryant's Popularity

Another popular player scored his first touchdown last week when Kelly Bryant rumbled 58 yards in the fourth quarter. Almost as important was the team's reaction. Clemson should have been flagged for a penalty because several offensive players came off the sidelines to congratulate Bryant. I had heard that he is a favorite among his teammates due to his personality and work ethic, but it was nice to see so many teammates get genuinely excited for Bryant.

Winning Streak

Clemson has won ten games in a row, which hasn't happened since the 1983-84 season. This is tied for the fourth-longest winning streak in school history. The longest winning streak is 15 which occurred from 1947-1949.

Depth Getting Reps

There are two major advantages to what we have seen this year other than the Louisville and Notre Dame games. Clemson has played a ton of players and younger guys are getting valuable experience. This past game the Tigers played 69 of the 72 players who traveled.

Here is a look at the snap total for the defense in the Miami game and the season totals:

Defensive End

Austin Bryant 31-87

Kevin Dodd 30-313

Shaq Lawson 25-317

Richard Yeargin 20-100

Dane Rogers 11-64

Defensive Tackle

Albert Huggins 20-62

Scott Pagano 20-197

Christian Wilkins 19-214

Carlos Watkins 18-260

Rod Byers 17-96

DJ Reader 17-17

Jabril Robinson 0-62


Ben Boulware 37-369

BJ Goodson 37-366

Kendall Joseph 20-58

Jalen Williams 20-54

Dorian O'Daniel 17-132

Travis Blanks 11-201


TJ Green 39-392

Cordrea Tankersly 38-376

Jayron Kearse 37-363

Adrian Baker 34-99

Mackensie Alexander 26-328

Mark Fields 23-33

Van Smith 16-16

Jefferie Gibson 22-59

Jadar Johnson 14-111

Ryan Carter 13-108

One of the biggest changes this season is depth on the offensive line. In years, past Clemson has not had great depth on the offensive line, but this year we have seen the second-team players get valuable reps. Below is the snap total for the Miami game followed by the season totals:

Mitch Hyatt 53-416

Taylor Hearn 43-129

Eric Mac Lain 54-429

Justin Falcinelli 33-112

Jay Guillermo 58-423

Ryan Norton 0-50

Tyrone Crowder 47-391

Maverick Morris 41-146

Joe Gore 44-390

Jake Fruhmorgen 46-135

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