Playing time breakdown: Clemson defense rotation sees shakeup after injuries
|Monday, October 26, 2020, 11:11 AM- -|
The Clemson-Syracuse game didn't exactly go how most thought it would -- the No. 1-ranked Tigers a 47.5-point favorite by kickoff.
The normal flurry of substitutions was stunted in a 47-21 win, which featured a one-score game late in the third quarter. There were some other factors on defense as well.
Reflecting some midseason injury issues, the did-not-play and unavailable lists were littered with depth-chart defenders, including defensive tackle Jordan Williams, linebacker James Skalski and cornerbacks Derion Kendrick and Mario Goodrich.
Defensive end Xavier Thomas continued his comeback with a season-high 25 snaps on Saturday, tallying three tackles with one sack.
Also in the comeback category is receiver Joseph Ngata, who played his most snaps of the year as well (31), with two catches for 15 yards
Clemson snaps breakdown: Syracuse
(Players' snaps assigned positionally by place on the depth chart below; the initial participation report is provided by Clemson and represents all non-special teams snaps; season totals in parentheses; this breakdown notes all depth chart contributors and select scholarship players)
Wide Receiver: Amari Rodgers 53 (264), Frank Ladson Jr. 51 (247), Cornell Powell 43 (243), Joseph Ngata 31 (93), EJ Williams 23 (137), Brannon Spector 23 (78), Will Swinney 6 (97), Will Brown 6 (59), Ajou Ajou 3 (86).
DB (CB/S/NB): Nolan Turner 48 (240), Joseph Charleston 46 (160), Lannden Zanders 42 (208), Andrew Booth 38 (172), Sheridan Jones 36 (195), Fred Davis II 23 (126), Tyler Venables 16 (99), Jalyn Phillips 12 (107), Ray Thornton III 10 (84), Malcolm Greene 7 (58).
Did not play: DE Regan Upshaw (127), DT Jordan Williams (123), CB Derion Kendrick (111), OL Tayquon Johnson (80), OL Paul Tchio (69), CB Mario Goodrich (61), OL Hunter Rayburn (47), QB Taisun Phommachanh (43), OL Blake Vinson (37), OL Trent Howard (18), RB Michel Dukes (16), DT DeMonte Capehart (12), OL Bryn Tucker (7), OL John Williams (7), OL Kaleb Boateng (0).
On unavailable list for Syracuse game (no specified reasons for being out on pregame release but some are temporary or season-long injury issues): DT Tyler Davis, TE Sage Ennis, DE Justin Foster, RB Ty Lucas, OL Mitchell Mayes, LB Matt McMahan, DT Ruke Orhorhoro, TE Luke Price, WR Justyn Ross, LB James Skalski, QB James Talton and DT Tré Williams.
% Injured in game.