Playing time breakdown: Clemson-BC edition

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Freshman running back Travis Etienne is averaging over eight yards for every snap he's on the field.
Freshman running back Travis Etienne is averaging over eight yards for every snap he's on the field.

The Clemson-Boston College game didn’t go to script in terms of ease of win, but the 27-unanswered points in the fourth quarter did give a window in gaining experience in ACC action.

On offense, nine receivers totaled at least 10 plays and eight offensive linemen saw at least 28 snaps. The defensive rotation was a little tighter, but in some cases by injury, they got into the third and fourth-string at positions as well.

Taking a deeper look by unit and the production that came with those snaps…

Noting week four from the Clemson participation report (see full list below):

* Averaging 12.7 yards per carry over three games is impressive enough, but with 23 rush attempts in 35 plays, Clemson freshman running back Travis Etienne has gained 8.3 yards for every snap he’s been on the field. Against Power 5 teams, that bumps up to 10.6 yards per snap.

* Kelly Bryant has been spelled for a few series, but over the last three games, he’s averaged 20 rushes in increasing snaps each game – 64 versus Auburn, 74 versus Louisville and 80 versus Boston College.

* Diondre Overton leads all receivers with a 19.8 yards per catch average, with four receptions in 66 snaps. The top-four in yards are not surprisingly the leaders in catches and yards: Hunter Renfrow (180 snaps/21 catches/202 yards), Ray Ray McCloud (175/18/218/1 TD), Deon Cain (179/11/151/1) and Milan Richard (197/6/100).

* Tremayne Anchrum and Sean Pollard played a similar ratio of snaps at right tackle as the ACC opener at Louisville, with Anchrum logging 52 (53 last week) and Pollard 28 (26 last week). In a game where 11 linemen played in all, sophomore guard John Simpson went from 18 snaps at Louisville to 33 against Boston College.

* Logan Rudolph being out for the season (14 snaps at Louisville) distributed more defensive end plays to junior Chris Register (8 at Louisville to 13) and true freshman Justin Foster (2 to 5). Neither one got on the board statistically versus BC.

* After averaging 29 snaps in the first three games, starting middle linebacker Tre Lamar posted career-highs in snaps (50) and tackles (7). With nine stops in 54 plays Saturday, WLB Kendall Joseph upped his two-year average (2016-17) to 6.6 snaps to every tackle.

* Moving to cornerback this week, sophomore DB K’Von Wallace’s snaps will likely go up after averaging 14 with two tackles the last two weeks (11 with zero stops against BC; played 70 snaps versus Auburn in week two with four tackles). Trayvon Mullen (in concussion protocol this week) has totaled seven tackles per game with one interception in 86 ACC snaps this season.

Tracking Clemson's snaps against Boston College:

(Noted: Season totals in parentheses. Snaps are tracked for depth-chart contributors and select scholarship athletes. Players are listed at their positions by the week’s depth chart. The participation report is provided by Clemson.)

Offense (30)

Quarterback (2): Kelly Bryant 80 (266), Zerrick Cooper 4 (26).

Running Back (4): Tavien Feaster 41 (111), C.J. Fuller 18 (93), Travis Etienne 13 (35), Adam Choice 12 (54).

Wide Receiver (9): Hunter Renfrow 61 (180), Ray Ray McCloud 55 (175), Deon Cain 54 (179), Trevion Thompson 18 (71), Tee Higgins 15 (62), Amari Rodgers 14 (73), Diondre Overton 11 (66), T.J. Chase 11 (58), Cornell Powell 10 (49).

Tight End (4): Milan Richard 62 (197), Cannon Smith 19 (43), Shadell Bell 3 (17), J.C. Chalk 1 (20).

Offensive Line (11): Justin Falcinelli 81 (262), Taylor Hearn 66 (245), Mitch Hyatt 66 (238), Tyrone Crowder 54 (194), Tremayne Anchrum 52 (192), John Simpson 33 (77), Sean Pollard 28 (102), Maverick Morris 28 (98), Cade Stewart 4 (45), Gage Cervenka 4 (27), Chandler Reeves 4 (25).

Defense (27)

Defensive End (5): Clelin Ferrell 54 (203), Austin Bryant 51 (184), Chris Register 13 (39), Xavier Kelly 6 (22), Justin Foster 5 (16).

Defensive Tackle (6): Christian Wilkins 45 (172), Dexter Lawrence 31 (133), Jabril Robinson 14 (65), Albert Huggins 14 (48), Nyles Pinckney 13 (43), Sterling Johnson 7 (33).

Linebackers (8): Kendall Joseph 54 (196), Tre Lamar 50 (137), Dorian O’Daniel 39** (173), Jalen Williams 26 (79), J.D. Davis 20 (54), James Skalski 5 (25), Chad Smith 4 (45), Shaq Smith 2 (17).

DB (CB/S/NB - 8): Tanner Muse 62 (170), Van Smith 56 (111), Trayvon Mullen 46** (166), Ryan Carter 45 (157), A.J. Terrell 25 (85), Isaiah Simmons 14 (87), K’Von Wallace 11 (129), Amir Trapp 3 (27).

Did not play: QB Hunter Johnson (23), CB Marcus Edmond** (14).

Special teams-only: CB Mark Fields** (78), TE D.J. Greenlee (51), S Nolan Turner (16) LB Judah Davis (15), S Denzel Johnson (7).

Can still redshirt (7): CB LeAnthony Williams, OG Matt Bockhorst, OT Blake Vinson, QB Chase Brice, OT Noah NeHond, LB Baylon Spector, DE Jordan Williams.

**Injured pregame or in-game.

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