Albert Huggins played a career-high 45 snaps Saturday.
Albert Huggins played a career-high 45 snaps Saturday.

Playing time breakdown: Depth showcased on defense going into title game

by - Staff Writer -

Another comfortable win on the big stage meant minimal effect on the heavy rotation Clemson’s used this season - even down three regular contributors due to suspension.

Senior defensive tackle Albert Huggins stepped in for a career-high 45 snaps, which was his most since a start versus Florida State last year (40). Reserves Nyles Pinckney (15) and Jordan Williams (11) also saw double-digit snaps.

At cornerback, starters A.J. Terrell and Trayvon Mullen topped the 60-play mark for a fourth-straight game, while senior Mark Fields did not play (reason unspecified postgame). Freshmen Mario Goodrich and Kyler McMichael each saw four snaps.

In the doing more with less category, defensive end Justin Foster logged four stops, 1.5 for loss with a sack, in his 10 snaps.

On the offensive side, freshman receiver Justyn Ross posted a game-high six catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns with the sixth-most snaps of his position group (26).

A look at the big picture going into the big game next week:

Clemson snaps breakdown: Notre Dame

(Players assigned positionally by place on the depth chart; 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 (28)

Quarterback (2): Trevor Lawrence 67 (707), Chase Brice 11 (170).

Running Back (4): Travis Etienne 43 (452), Tavien Feaster 16 (214), Lyn-J Dixon 10 (106), Adam Choice 8 (200).

Wide Receiver (8): Hunter Renfrow 42 (506), Amari Rodgers 38 (530), Tee Higgins 38 (521), Trevion Thompson 28 (305), Derion Kendrick 27 (263), Justyn Ross 26 (306), Diondre Overton 20 (233), T.J. Chase 7 (170).

Tight end (4): Garrett Williams 31 (414), Milan Richard 18 (297), J.C. Chalk 13 (104), Cannon Smith 11 (103).

Offensive Line (10): Tremayne Anchrum 71 (743), Mitch Hyatt 68 (807), Justin Falcinelli 68 (741), John Simpson 67 (797), Gage Cervenka 46 (513), Sean Pollard 37 (478), Matt Bockhorst 11 (172), Jackson Carman 10 (205), Cade Stewart 7 (261), Chandler Reeves 7 (105).

Defense (25)

Defensive End (5): Clelin Ferrell 56 (634), Austin Bryant 56 (610), Xavier Thomas 18 (284), Justin Foster 10 (168), Logan Rudolph 4 (141).

Defensive Tackle (4): Christian Wilkins 54 (557), Albert Huggins 45 (352), Nyles Pinckney 15 (300), Jordan Williams 11 (143).

Linebacker (8): Isaiah Simmons 60 (707), Kendall Joseph 54 (677), Tre Lamar 54 (504), J.D. Davis 14 (336), Shaq Smith 10 (140), Jalen Williams 9 (249), Chad Smith 3 (124), LB James Skalski^ 3 (29).

DB (CB/S/NB - 8): A.J. Terrell 65 (732), Trayvon Mullen 65 (646), Tanner Muse 52 (608), K’Von Wallace 52 (605), Nolan Turner 24 (365), Denzel Johnson 17 (364), Mario Goodrich 4 (113), Kyler McMichael 4 (101).

Special teams-only: LB Baylon Spector (62), LB Judah Davis (62).

Did not play (non-true freshmen): DT Dexter Lawrence** (467), CB Mark Fields (283), OL Zach Giella** (114), DT Xavier Kelly (93), TE Braden Galloway** (87), DE Chris Register (81), OT Blake Vinson (77), CB LeAnthony Williams (73), WR Cornell Powell (65)*.

True freshmen participation (9): Xavier Thomas 14 games, Trevor Lawrence 14, Justyn Ross 14, Derion Kendrick 14, B.T. Potter 14, Lyn-J Dixon 13, Mario Goodrich 13, Braden Galloway DNP (12), Jackson Carman 12, Kyler McMichael 11, K.J. Henry* DNP (4), Jake Venables^ DNP (3), Mike Jones Jr.^ DNP (3), Jordan McFadden^ DNP (3), Ben Batson^ DNP (2), Justin Mascoll^ DNP (1), Darnell Jefferies^ DNP (1).

* Slated for redshirt

^ A redshirt but is eligible to play in Clemson’s remaining game this season

** Suspended

Snaps by week

Game one

Game two

Game three

Game four

Game five

Game six

Game seven

Game eight

Game nine

Game ten

Game eleven

Game twelve

Game thirteen

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