Playing time breakdown: Clemson football through seven games


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Five-star freshman Tee Higgins was among a number of Tigers to see few or no snaps at Syracuse.
Five-star freshman Tee Higgins was among a number of Tigers to see few or no snaps at Syracuse.

The final result wasn't the only oddity out of Clemson's game at Syracuse.

The rotation pared down considerably with an increase of snaps on one side of the ball and not many opportunities on the other.

Through a mix of Syracuse’s offensive style, the defensive gameplan and struggles, and Clemson offense inefficiency, ten Clemson defenders played their highest snap totals of the season: Kendall Joseph (87), Trayvon Mullen (85), Ryan Carter (84), Austin Bryant (83), Dorian O’Daniel (83), Clelin Ferrell (81), Christian Wilkins (79), Tanner Muse (74), Van Smith (71), Dexter Lawrence (66).

That group was on a seventh consecutive week playing, and of those defenders, seven played 30 or more snaps than the previous game with Wake Forest: Mullen (57), Carter (53), Bryant (47), Lawrence (36), O’Daniel (35), Joseph (33) and Ferrell (33).

Because of those kinds of numbers, a number of regular contributors barely saw the field or didn’t play at all: RB C.J. Fuller (4 snaps), LB Tre Lamar (2), WR Cornell Powell (special teams-only), WR T.J. Chase (special teams-only), WR Tee Higgins (no snaps).

The Clemson offense was limited to a maximum of 59 snaps, which accounted for the receiver corps’ limited opportunities. All nine scholarship contributors have seen some share of playing time most of the season, but even second-string targets Trevion Thompson (15), Amari Rodgers (5) and Diondre Overton (5) barely played.

On the offensive line, the see-saw continued at right tackle with Treymayne Anchrum jumping over game-starter Sean Pollard this week, with nine more snaps (34-25) – a week after Pollard logged eight more snaps than Anchrum versus Wake Forest.

Here’s how the playing time shaped up versus Syracuse overall, plus the season totals…

Tracking Clemson's snaps against Syracuse:

(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 (23)

Quarterback (2): Kelly Bryant** 29 (424), Zerrick Cooper 29 (73).

Running Back (4): Tavien Feaster 29 (214), Travis Etienne** 14 (88), Adam Choice 10 (79), C.J. Fuller 4 (120).

Wide Receiver (6): Ray Ray McCloud 53 (332), Deon Cain 53 (322), Hunter Renfrow 51 (321), Trevion Thompson 15 (122), Amari Rodgers 5 (114), Diondre Overton 5 (110).

Tight End (3): Milan Richard 27 (325), Cannon Smith 8 (88), D.J. Greenlee 8 (71).

Offensive Line (8): Justin Falcinelli 59 (464), Mitch Hyatt 59 (431), Taylor Hearn 47 (416), Tyrone Crowder 40 (329), Tremayne Anchrum 34 (297), Sean Pollard 25 (214), Maverick Morris 19 (176), John Simpson 12 (131).

Defense (21)

Defensive End (3): Austin Bryant 83 (349), Clelin Ferrell 81 (386), Chris Register 13 (109).

Defensive Tackle (5): Christian Wilkins 79 (343), Dexter Lawrence 66 (269), Jabril Robinson 18 (125), Albert Huggins 7 (91), Nyles Pinckney 1 (68).

Linebackers (4): Kendall Joseph 87 (396), Dorian O’Daniel 83 (356) Tre Lamar 2 (205), Chad Smith 1 (68),

DB (CB/S/NB - 9): Trayvon Mullen 85 (279), Ryan Carter 84 (335), Tanner Muse 74 (342), Van Smith 71 (281), Mark Fields** 57 (246), K’Von Wallace 27 (204), Isaiah Simmons 24 (154), A.J. Terrell** 15 (133), Nolan Turner 1 (17).

Did not play: WR Tee Higgins (90), DT Sterling Johnson (48), OL Cade Stewart (50), DE Xavier Kelly (46), C Gage Cervenka (38), QB Hunter Johnson (30), OL Chandler Reeves (25), DE Justin Foster (28), TE Shadel Bell (23), TE J.C. Chalk (22), Jalen Williams (15), CB Marcus Edmond** (14).

Special teams-only: LB J.D. Davis (119), WR T.J. Chase (88), CB Amir Trapp (37), LB James Skalski (28), 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 NeHond, LB Baylon Spector, DE Jordan Williams.

**Injured pregame or in-game.

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