Playing time breakdown: Clemson depth built up going into Playoff


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Etienne has averaged 36 snaps per game, which is five more than last season.
Etienne has averaged 36 snaps per game, which is five more than last season.

Clemson mixes in more reserves consistently than any Playoff contender and that positions them well depth-wise late in the year.

Ahead of last year's Playoff semifinal with Notre Dame, Albert Huggins had to step for the suspended Dexter Lawrence having averaged 24 snaps a game as a backup. Huggins went on to tally six stops over two Playoff games.

Clemson heads into the playoffs this season with 40 players having logged at least 200 snaps -- and 48 who've averaged double-digit snaps a game.

The defensive ends on one side and receivers and the offensive line on the other are prime examples.

The Tigers' co-starters at defensive end have one starter averaging 30 snaps (Xavier Thomas, 33) and three more with at least 23 per (Justin Foster, 29; Logan Rudolph, 26; K.J. Henry, 23).

Nine Clemson receivers average double-digits, led by Justyn Ross (39). Clemson's offensive line has 10 averaging double-digit snaps with Tremayne Anchrum pacing the group (54 per game) and true freshman Will Putnam logging 15 snaps a game.

On the defensive side, Isaiah Simmons has played a unit-high 645 snaps and totaled seven sacks, seven more tackles for loss, seven pass breakups and 14 quarterback pressures with two interceptions. He's averaged a tackle every seven plays, which is only bettered by James Skalski among starters (6.2). Reserves Lannden Zanders (5.3) and Jake Venables (5.5) have also been productive off the bench.

On offense, Trevor Lawrence has averaged 5.1 yards per snap and been responsible for a touchdown every 17 snaps.

Among true freshmen against Virginia, Keith Maguire played his fourth game of the season toward a redshirt, while punter Aidan Swanson saw his third contest of the year.

Clemson snaps breakdown: Virginia

(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)

Offense (30)

Quarterback (2): Trevor Lawrence 48 (706), Chase Brice 18 (209).

Running Back (5): Travis Etienne 35 (465), Lyn-J Dixon 18 (263), Chez Mellusi 5 (81), Michel Dukes 4 (69), Darien Rencher 4 (66).

Wide Receiver (9): Tee Higgins 35 (474), Amari Rodgers 32 (341), Diondre Overton 26 (366), Justyn Ross 24 (465), Cornell Powell 15 (207), Joseph Ngata 13 (269), Frank Ladson Jr. 13 (244), Will Swinney 11 (146), T.J. Chase 8 (177).

Tight end (4): JC Chalk 26 (415), Davis Allen 24 (247), Luke Price 17 (198), Jaelyn Lay 13 (46).

Offensive Line (10): Tremayne Anchrum 59 (704), John Simpson 53 (598), Gage Cervenka 49 (635), Jackson Carman 46 (660), Sean Pollard 41 (588), Cade Stewart 28 (335), Jordan McFadden 18 (235), Matt Bockhorst 23 (405), Chandler Reeves 10 (204), Will Putnam 10 (192).

Defense (33)

Defensive End (5): Xavier Thomas 44 (331), Justin Foster 35 (378), Logan Rudolph 26 (338), K.J. Henry 23 (297), Justin Mascoll 18 (238).

Defensive Tackle (6): Tyler Davis 50 (409), Nyles Pinckney 35 (361), Jordan Williams 24 (230), Ruke Orhorhoro 5 (83), Darnell Jefferies 1 (118), Xavier Kelly 1 (87).

Linebacker (8): Isaiah Simmons 67 (645), James Skalski 64 (564), Chad Smith 49 (517), Baylon Spector 13 (264), Jake Venables 9 (186), Mike Jones Jr. 8 (181), Kane Patterson 2 (64), Keith Maguire 2 (9).

DB (CB/S/NB - 14): A.J. Terrell 66 (612), Derion Kendrick 60 (528), K’Von Wallace 55 (526), Tanner Muse 52 (496), Nolan Turner 44 (397), Denzel Johnson 14 (245), Mario Goodrich 13 (193), Joseph Charleston 7 (92), Lannden Zanders 7 (112), Sheridan Jones 5 (140), Jalyn Phillips 4 (47), LeAnthony Williams 2 (78), Andrew Booth Jr. 2 (65), Brian Dawkins Jr. 2 (13).

Special teams-only: QB Ben Batson (11).

Did not play: QB Taisun Phommachanh (43), OL Mason Trotter (46), OL Hunter Rayburn (40), OL Kaleb Boateng (18), LB LaVonta Bentley (10), DB Ray Thornton III (3), DL Etinosa Reuben (9).

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True freshmen participation* (tracking for 4-game redshirt rule): DT Tyler Davis (4+), CB Andrew Booth (4+), WR Joseph Ngata (4+), WR Frank Ladson Jr. (4+), TE Davis Allen (4+), LB Kane Patterson (4+), CB Sheridan Jones (4+), RB Chez Mellusi (4+), S Lannden Zanders (4+), DB Jalyn Phillips (4+), S Joseph Charleston (4+), RB Michel Dukes (4+), OL Will Putnam (4+), DL Ruke Orhorhoro (4+), OL Mason Trotter (4), OL Hunter Rayburn (4), OL Kaleb Boateng (4), LB LaVonta Bentley (4), DB Ray Thornton (4), DE Greg Williams (4), TE Jaelyn Lay (4), LB Keith Maguire (4), DT Tayquon Johnson (3), DL Etinosa Reuben (3), QB Taisun Phommachanh (3), WR Brannon Spector (3), P Aidan Swanson (3), LB Bryton Constantin% (0).

* Scholarship

% Injured.

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