Playing time breakdown: Injuries change rotation again to wrap season’s first half

Playing time breakdown: Injuries change rotation again to wrap season’s first half

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Injuries shuffled the rotation again at Syracuse on Friday.

The Tigers secondary had to cover for Andrew Booth Jr (hamstring) with Sheridan Jones and freshman Nate Wiggins, while going to more of a 5-DB and 3-man front with Tyler Venables as the third safety (coming up big with an INT in the game).

On the O-line, Mason Trotter made a surprise start at center for his season debut and went all 77 snaps coming off injury (hand) after Hunter Rayburn was a late scratch for COVID protocol. Also on the front-five, Will Putnam and Matt Bockhorst moved back to their 2020 starting guard spots and Marcus Tate and Mitchell Mayes serves as some depth in rotation.

At defensive end, Kevin Swint got a chance to play with eight snaps as Justin Foster was on special teams-only this game.

At wide receiver, Ajou Ajou played over 60 snaps and Beaux Collins’ snap count also continued to go up with Frank Ladson Jr and EJ Williams out, with Dacari Collins also breaking into the rotation.

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)


Quarterback: DJ Uiagalelei 77 (282), Taisun Phommachanh 1 (17).

Running Back: Kobe Pace 46 (166), Phil Mafah 29 (51).

Wide Receiver: Joseph Ngata 66 (294), Justyn Ross 63 (270), Ajou Ajou 62 (135), Beaux Collins 15 (98), Dacari Collins 7 (19).

Tight end: Davis Allen 47 (181), Sage Ennis 32 (83),

Offensive Line: Jordan McFadden 77 (384), Mason Trotter 77 (77), Walker Parks 67 (374), Matt Bockhorst 65 (371), Will Putnam 51 (292), Marcus Tate 39 (270), Mitchell Mayes 10 (45).


Defensive End: Myles Murphy 55 (253), Xavier Thomas 44 (241), Justin Mascoll 22 (106), KJ Henry 20 (147), Kevin Swint 8 (32).

Defensive Tackle: Ruke Orhorhoro 37 (253), Tré Williams 31 (177), Etinosa Reuben 19 (74), Payton Page 3 (33).

Linebacker: James Skalski 69 (329), Baylon Spector 65 (308), Trenton Simpson 45 (274), Barrett Carter 10 (62), LaVonta Bentley 4 (138).

DB (CB/S/NB): Mario Goodrich 50 (229), Sheridan Jones 42 (225), Nolan Turner 76 (220), Andrew Mukuba 45 (303), Nate Wiggins 40 (65), Tyler Venables 34 (140), Jalyn Phillips 26 (103), RJ Mickens 22 (123), Malcolm Greene 11 (81).

Special teams-only: DL Justin Foster (93), LB Kane Patterson (36), LB Keith Maguire (35). DE Regan Upshaw (21), S Ray Thornton (19), RB Darien Rencher (14), LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (13), LB Sergio Allen (13), WR Will Swinney (12), WR Will Brown (9), DT DeMonte Capehart (4).

On game’s unavailable list (players on that week’s depth chart not playing): WR E.J. Williams% (156), TE Braden Galloway% (130), OL Hunter Rayburn% (100), S Joseph Charleston% (54), CB Fred Davis% (41).

Did not play (on depth chart or select scholarship players with no announced season-long injury): CB Andrew Booth Jr.% (315), WR Frank Ladson Jr% (137), OL Paul Tchio (100), OL Trent Howard (26), TE Jaelyn Lay (18), DT Darnell Jefferies (17), RB Michel Dukes (15), OL Bryn Tucker (15), WR Troy Stellato (11), DE Greg Williams (11), OT Tristan Leigh (10), QB Hunter Helms (7), LB Jake Venables (6), TE Jake Briningstool (5), C Ryan Linthicum (3).


True freshman participation* (tracking for 4-game redshirt rule): S Andrew Mukuba (6), OG Marcus Tate (6), DEF Barrett Carter (6), LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (6), DT Payton Page (6), CB Nate Wiggins (6), QB/WR/PR Will Taylor (5), RB Will Shipley (4), WR Beaux Collins (4), RB Phil Mafah (2), WR Dacari Collins (2), OG Dietrick Pennington (1)*, OL Tristan Leigh (1), WR Troy Stellato (1), C Ryan Linthicum (1), TE Jake Briningstool (1), DE Cade Denhoff (0), DE Zaire Patterson (0).

* Redshirting this season due to injury.

% Announced as out with injury by Dabo Swinney.

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