Playing time breakdown: Clemson-Virginia Tech edition


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Kelly Bryant saw a little lighter load game-to-game, but he's averaged almost 20 carries over the last four games.
Kelly Bryant saw a little lighter load game-to-game, but he's averaged almost 20 carries over the last four games.

A mark of Clemson’s resume-building start has been – despite notching three top-25 wins in five September games – how much the Tigers have gone deep into (and sometimes even off) the depth chart.

While they didn’t quite get to 70-of-72 on the travel roster playing like at Louisville, every healthy player on the two-deep saw the field in some fashion outside of third-string QB Hunter Johnson, and only five of the scholarship contributors played only on special teams.

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

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

* Junior linebacker J.D. Davis’ production per play was something we noted here earlier in the season, and he only showcased his skill more with a career-high 36 snaps. Davis posted 11 tackles Saturday at Virginia Tech to up his snap-to-tackle ratio to 3.9. For reference, fellow weakside linebacker Kendall Joseph averages a more typical stop-every-7.3 plays for the volume of snaps, and fellow LB starter Tre Lamar, 8.6. Dorian O’Daniel leads the first group with a 6.1 average and also paces the linebackers in his percentage of solo hits (69).

* Over the last four games, Kelly Bryant has averaged 19.5 rushes for 71.3 yards and 1.5 touchdowns. After playing more snaps each of the previous three games, a more dynamic offense on the other side dropped his play-count from 80 to 63 snaps from BC to Virginia Tech.

* Clemson’s receiver plays distribution was even from the second-to-third levels against Virginia Tech, with those six receivers averaging 10 plays. None of that group registered a catch, with sophomore Diondre Overton having the best chance on a pass that was broken up. Freshman Amari Rodgers was motioned into the backfield for a seven-yard loss on a handoff.

* Dabo Swinney addressed Deon Cain’s lower-than-expected production on his radio show Monday, chalking it up to a combination of missed opportunities and how defenses are covering him. Through five games, Cain has played 225 snaps and ranks third on the team with 13 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown. Through five games at this point last season, future first-round pick Mike Williams had played 218 snaps at the same position with 25 catches for 373 yards and two touchdowns. A shift to a more run-based offense explains the difference to a certain extent, and also the ‘2’ receiver production with McCloud is ahead of Artavis Scott at this point last year (253 yards versus 183).

* The offensive line saw a shift at right tackle with Sean Pollard starting his first game this season and playing the majority of the snaps (37), a week after Tremayne Anchrum played 52 and Pollard, 28, versus Boston College (Anchrum played 29 against Virginia Tech).

* Junior cornerback Mark Fields tallied a career-best six tackles in a career-high 71 snaps due to Clemson’s secondary being down a couple of contributors in Trayvon Mullen (held out after being out of concussion protocol) and Marcus Edmond (midfoot sprain).

Tracking Clemson's snaps against Virginia 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 (28)
Quarterback (2): Kelly Bryant 63 (329), Zerrick Cooper 2 (28).
Running Back (3):Tavien Feaster 42 (153), C.J. Fuller 11 (104), Travis Etienne 11 (46).
Wide Receiver (9): Deon Cain 46 (225), Hunter Renfrow 46 (226), Ray Ray McCloud 45 (220), Diondre Overton 11 (77), Amari Rodgers 10 (83), Trevion Thompson 10 (81), Tee Higgins 10 (72), T.J. Chase 10 (68), Cornell Powell 10 (59).
Tight End (4): Milan Richard 49 (246), Cannon Smith 13 (56), Shadell Bell 3 (20), J.C. Chalk 2 (22).
Offensive Line (10): Justin Falcinelli 63 (325), Mitch Hyatt 63 (301), Taylor Hearn 53 (298), Tyrone Crowder 38 (232), Sean Pollard 37 (139), Tremayne Anchrum 29 (221), Maverick Morris 24 (122), John Simpson 10 (87), Cade Stewart 2 (57), Gage Cervenka 2 (29).

Defense (25)
Defensive End (4): Clelin Ferrell 54 (257), Austin Bryant 46 (230), Chris Register 22 (61), Xavier Kelly 15 (37), Justin Foster** 8 (24).
Defensive Tackle (6): Christian Wilkins 47 (219), Dexter Lawrence 40 (173), Jabril Robinson 21 (86), Albert Huggins 18 (66), Nyles Pinckney 11 (54), Sterling Johnson 8 (41).
Linebackers (7): Kendall Joseph 59 (255), Dorian O’Daniel 52 (225), J.D. Davis 36 (90), Tre Lamar 35 (172), Jalen Williams 21 (100), Chad Smith 11 (56), James Skalski 3 (28).
DB (CB/S/NB - 8): Mark Fields 71 (149), Ryan Carter 63 (220), Van Smith 52 (163), Tanner Muse 51 (221), K’Von Wallace 25 (154), Isaiah Simmons 22 (109), A.J. Terrell 5 (90), Denzel Johnson 2 (9).

Did not play: CB Trayvon Mullen ** (166), TE D.J. Greenlee** (51), OL Chandler Reeves (25), QB Hunter Johnson (23), CB Marcus Edmond** (14).
Special teams-only: CB Amir Trapp (27), LB Shaq Smith (17), S Nolan Turner (16) LB Judah Davis (15), RB Adam Choice (54).
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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Tags: Mike Williams, Marcus Edmond, D.J. Greenlee, Tyrone Crowder, Maverick Morris, Ryan Carter, C.J. Fuller, Trevion Thompson, Taylor Hearn, Chris Register, Cannon Smith
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