Playing time breakdown: Clemson football through eight games

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Dorian O'Daniel was credited with a team-high 11 tackles in 45 snaps against Georgia Tech.
Dorian O'Daniel was credited with a team-high 11 tackles in 45 snaps against Georgia Tech.

There likely won’t be more of a 180-degree shift in offensive styles going from facing Syracuse to Georgia Tech, and that provided a different look to the defensive rotation after the bye week.

The biggest change came with sophomore Tre Lamar, who went from two snaps versus the Orange to 46 against the Yellow Jackets, lined up as a linebacker and a defensive end. Lamar was credited with nine tackles by Clemson, including two sacks.

His presence on the field kept sophomore defensive back K’Von Wallace on special teams-only, after averaging nearly 30 snaps a game prior.

The D-line saw a different look as well, with junior defensive end Chris Register equaling his most tackles (2) in his second-most snaps this season (28), while starter Clelin Ferrell tallied 25 snaps with six tackles.

With Dexter Lawrence sidelined for much of the game (ankle), redshirt freshman Nyles Pinckney stepped in with a career-high four stops in a career-best 28 snaps.

Taking a broader look at the playing time...

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

* Kelly Bryant’s 70 snaps was his longest time on the field since the Boston College game in September (80), balancing 33 pass plays for 207 yards with 12 carries for 67 yards. Hunter Johnson didn’t attempt a pass, but did total his most snaps (10) since the opener (20 vs. Kent State).

* Clemson’s 1-2 on the depth chart were No. 3 (Travis Etienne, 19) and No. 4 (Tavien Feaster, 17) in plays against the Yellow Jackets, trailing Adam Choice and C.J. Fuller (21 each). A reflection of how the rotation is used, Etienne leads far-and-away in total yards per snap over the season (4.6), followed by Choice (3.1), then Feaster (2.3) and Fuller (1.4).

* After playing mostly first-string-only at Syracuse, all nine scholarship receivers saw double-digit snaps action over Tech.

* Clemson also cleared the bench at tight end, working in five Tigers led by the TD-scoring Milan Richard (48), as well as junior Cannon Smith (28), who notched his fourth career catch for seven yards.

* Outside of center, there was a pretty good rotation on the O-line with eight Tigers playing at least 20 snaps. Redshirt sophomore Zach Giella made his season-debut with two plays.

* Kendall Joseph led a linebacker group in snaps (56) that mixed in six different Tigers for double-digit plays, including J.D. Davis notching five tackles in a fourth time in five games with 20-plus snaps (24). Dorian O'Daniel paced all Clemson defenders with 11 tackles (2 TFL) in 45 snaps.

* The only secondary sub occurred with Isaiah Simmons (31) splitting snaps with Tanner Muse (26), who was in-and-out after suffering a hand injury that required a cast. Simmons has been productive with his 23 snaps a game, tied for sixth in TFLs (3) and averaging a second-best 6.2 tackle-to-snap ratio (min. 20 snaps).

Tracking Clemson's snaps against Georgia Tech:

(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 (31)

Quarterback (2): Kelly Bryant 70 (494), Hunter Johnson 10 (40).

Running Back (4): C.J. Fuller 21 (141), Adam Choice 21 (73), Travis Etienne 19 (107), Tavien Feaster 17 (231).

Wide Receiver (9): Hunter Renfrow 45 (366), Ray Ray McCloud 44 (376), Deon Cain 40 (362), Diondre Overton 23 (133), Amari Rodgers 19 (133), Trevion Thompson 17 (139), Tee Higgins 15 (105), T.J. Chase 15 (103), Cornell Powell 12 (86).

Tight End (5): Milan Richard 48 (373), Cannon Smith 25 (113), D.J. Greenlee 5 (76), Shadell Bell 4 (27), J.C. Chalk 2 (24).

Offensive Line (11): Justin Falcinelli 75 (539), Mitch Hyatt 65 (496), Taylor Hearn 57 (473), Sean Pollard 45 (259), Tyrone Crowder 43 (372), Tremayne Anchrum 35 (332), Maverick Morris 35 (211), John Simpson 20 (151), Cade Stewart 5 (55), Gage Cervenka 5 (43), Zach Giella 2 (2).

Defense (20)

Defensive End (4): Austin Bryant 31 (380), Chris Register 28 (137), Clelin Ferrell 25 (411), Justin Foster 4 (28).

Defensive Tackle (5): Christian Wilkins 35 (378), Nyles Pinckney 28 (96), Jabril Robinson 28 (153), Albert Huggins 15 (106), Dexter Lawrence** 14 (283),

Linebackers (6): Kendall Joseph 56 (452), Tre Lamar 46 (251), Dorian O’Daniel 45 (401), J.D. Davis 24 (143), Jalen Williams 12 (127), James Skalski 11 (39).

DB (CB/S/NB - 5): Ryan Carter 57 (392), Van Smith 57 (338), Trayvon Mullen 57 (336), Isaiah Simmons 31 (185), Tanner Muse 26** (368).

Did not play: CB Mark Fields** (246), QB Zerrick Cooper (73), DT Sterling Johnson (48), DE Xavier Kelly (46), OL Chandler Reeves (25), S Nolan Turner** (17), CB Marcus Edmond** (14).

Special teams-only: DB K’Von Wallace (204), CB A.J. Terrell (133), LB Chad Smith (68), CB Amir Trapp (37), LB Shaq Smith (17), LB Judah Davis (15), S Denzel Johnson (9).

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

**Injured pregame or in-game.


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