Big day for Justin Foster when needed with Xavier Thomas out.
Big day for Justin Foster when needed with Xavier Thomas out.

Playing time breakdown: Foster, Clemson D-line step up in Thomas' absence

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Clemson pulled away from Louisville in the second half and was able to mix in a good amount of players on offense and defense.

The most players saw action on offense, with 29 Tigers playing - including all five running backs and 10 offensive linemen. In the running back group, Darien Rencher scored his first career TD in five snaps.

Tee Higgins co-led the Clemson receiver snaps with Justyn Ross, with Higgins limited to one catch for three yards in three targets but close to completions on a couple sideline throws. Ross hauled in five catches for 55 yards and a TD.

Isaiah Simmons continues to be highly-productive, posting a pair of sacks and eight stops. James Skalski posted a team-best 10 tackles and a sack.

At defensive end, starter Xavier Thomas was out due to injury and those snaps were distributed pretty evenly between Justin Foster (39), Logan Rudolph (35), K.J. Henry (29), Justin Mascoll (27), with Foster breaking out with seven tackles, 3.5 for loss, with two sacks.

Freshman Tyler Davis continues to lead the interior D-line in snaps and he put up seven tackles (0.5 TFL) -- Nyles Pinckney matching him in tackles and posting 1.5 for loss.

Clemson snaps breakdown: Louisville

(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 (29)

Quarterback (2): Trevor Lawrence 60 (387), Chase Brice 11 (88).

Running Back (5): Travis Etienne 34 (265), Lyn-J Dixon 20 (124), Chez Mellusi 6 (42), Darien Rencher 5 (35), Michel Dukes 4 (39).

Wide Receiver (9): Justyn Ross 44 (262), Tee Higgins 44 (251), Amari Rodgers 34 (180), Cornell Powell 27 (91), Diondre Overton 26 (196), Frank Ladson Jr. 16 (128), Joseph Ngata 15 (162), T.J. Chase 12 (103), Will Swinney 10 (58).

Tight end (3): JC Chalk 28 (255), Davis Allen 25 (100), Luke Price 18 (90), .

Offensive Line (10): Gage Cervenka 52 (337), Tremayne Anchrum 49 (405), Jackson Carman 46 (374), Sean Pollard 39 (330), Matt Bockhorst 38 (222), John Simpson 26 (357), Cade Stewart 24 (162), Chandler Reeves 13 (91), Will Putnam 10 (70), Jordan McFadden 20 (151).

Defense (26)

Defensive End (4): Justin Foster 39 (207), Logan Rudolph 35 (181), K.J. Henry 29 (170), Justin Mascoll 27 (142).

Defensive Tackle (5): Tyler Davis 38 (220), Nyles Pinckney 28 (182), Jordan Williams 19 (119), Xavier Kelly 10 (66), Darnell Jefferies 6 (61).

Linebacker (6): Chad Smith 59 (292), James Skalski 53 (340), Isaiah Simmons 51 (379), Mike Jones Jr. 13 (88), Kane Patterson 11 (44), Baylon Spector 3 (152).

DB (CB/S/NB - 11): A.J. Terrell 63 (371), K’Von Wallace 48 (314), Tanner Muse 44 (286), Nolan Turner 33 (246), Derion Kendrick 27 (283), CB Mario Goodrich 25 (115), Denzel Johnson 17 (161), Sheridan Jones 13 (57), Lannden Zanders 8 (51), LeAnthony Williams 2 (41), Joseph Charleston 2 (39).

Special teams-only**: CB Andrew Booth Jr. (43), S Jalyn Phillips (28), QB Ben Batson (2).

Did not play: DE Xavier Thomas% (198), LB Jake Venables (69), QB Taisun Phommachanh (43), TE Jaelyn Lay (33), WR Brannon Spector (27), DL Ruke Orhorhoro (22), OL Hunter Rayburn (19), OL Mason Trotter (13), OL Kaleb Boateng (12), LB Keith Maguire (7), DL Etinosa Reuben (3), DB Ray Thornton III (3), DE Greg Williams (2), LB LaVonta Bentley (1), DT Tayquon Johnson (1), CB Brian Dawkins Jr.


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+), TE Jaelyn Lay (3), LB Keith Maguire (3), QB Taisun Phommachanh (3), DL Ruke Orhorhoro (3), LB LaVonta Bentley (2), DB Ray Thornton (2), WR Brannon Spector (2), OL Hunter Rayburn (2), OL Kaleb Boateng (2), P Aidan Swanson (2), OL Mason Trotter (2), DT Tayquon Johnson (1), DL Etinosa Reuben (1), DE Greg Williams (1), LB Bryton Constantin% (0).

* Scholarship

** Non-specialists

% Injured.

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