Playing time breakdown: Freshmen defenders gain experience as Clemson clears bench


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All but one defender saw five and more snaps at Syracuse.
All but one defender saw five and more snaps at Syracuse.

Clemson traveled with its 72-man roster to Syracuse and played all but true freshman QB Taisun Phommachanh.

The construction of that ACC-limited travel roster was tilted a bit toward the defense, where Brent Venables played his entire group and all but one in that mix saw at least five snaps.

That meant some good action for the true freshmen. Defensive tackle Tyler Davis continues to pace the interior defensive line in snaps and posted three tackles with a sack in 25 plays Saturday. Safety Lannden Zanders got in on four tackles in his 12 snaps.

On the offensive side, Chez Mellusi made the most of his opportunity -- taking the ball 57 yards to the end zone on his one play.

An area to watch coming up is the snap distribution between Amari Rodgers and Diondre Overton. Overton has logged the third-most snaps in the Clemson receiver corps and caught one pass for three yards. Rodgers was a big factor in the Syracuse game with four catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns with the fifth-most snaps among receivers (24). They are listed as co-starters currently in the slot receiver role.

Clemson snaps breakdown: Syracuse

(Players' snaps 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 (31)

Quarterback (2): Trevor Lawrence 67 (190), Chase Brice 8 (28).

Running Back (5): Travis Etienne 46 (123), Lyn-J Dixon 18 (54), Darien Rencher 5 (15), Michel Dukes 1 (14), Chez Mellusi 1 (12).

Wide Receiver (9): Justyn Ross 44 (130), Tee Higgins 39 (120), Joseph Ngata 30 (90), Diondre Overton 26 (90), Amari Rodgers 24 (58), Cornell Powell 18 (48), Frank Ladson Jr. 16 (49), T.J. Chase 15 (38), Will Swinney 8 (24).

Tight end (4): JC Chalk 36 (114), Davis Allen 16 (34), Jaelyn Lay 11 (21), Luke Price 10 (33).

Offensive Line (11): Tremayne Anchrum 69 (189), Jackson Carman 69 (185), John Simpson 69 (180), Sean Pollard 59 (163), Gage Cervenka 54 (141), Matt Bockhorst 20 (94), Cade Stewart 18 (50), Jordan McFadden 14 (55), Blake Vinson 8 (34), Chandler Reeves 8 (33), Will Putnam 8 (24).

Defense (32)

Defensive End (5): Xavier Thomas 37 (104), K.J. Henry 28 (77), Justin Mascoll 28 (66), Justin Foster 27 (82), Logan Rudolph 24 (78).

Defensive Tackle (6): Tyler Davis 25 (96), Nyles Pinckney 25 (75), Jordan Williams 14 (52), Xavier Kelly 9 (30), Ruke Orhorhoro 8 (16), Darnell Jefferies 7 (30).

Linebacker (8) Isaiah Simmons 68 (187), James Skalski 59 (161), Chad Smith 45 (124), Baylon Spector 29 (78), Mike Jones Jr. 18 (29), Jake Venables 8 (39), Kane Patterson 7 (7), Keith Maguire 2 (5).

DB (CB/S/NB - 13): Tanner Muse 63 (166), A.J. Terrell 57 (167), K’Von Wallace 50 (147), Nolan Turner 39 (111), Derion Kendrick 31 (124), Mario Goodrich 28 (67), Denzel Johnson 26 (66), Lannden Zanders 12 (15), LeAnthony Williams 10 (16), Andrew Booth Jr. 9 (18), Sheridan Jones 7 (18), Jalyn Phillips 7 (8), Joseph Charleston 6 (9).

Special teams-only**: QB Ben Batson.

Did not play: WR Brannon Spector (12), QB Taisun Phommachanh (11), OL Hunter Rayburn (10), OL Kaleb Boateng (4), OL Mason Trotter (4), Brian Dawkins Jr., LB LaVonta Bentley, S Ray Thornton, DT Tayquon Johnson, DL Etinosa Reuben, DE Greg Williams, P Aidan Swanson.

True freshmen participation*: DT Tyler Davis (3), CB Andrew Booth (3), WR Frank Ladson Jr. (3), WR Joseph Ngata (3), TE Davis Allen (3), LB Kane Patterson (3), CB Sheridan Jones (3), TE Jaelyn Lay (2), S Joseph Charleston (2), LB Keith Maguire (2), RB Chez Mellusi (2), OL Will Putnam (2), RB Michel Dukes (2), S Lannden Zanders (2), DB Jalyn Phillips (2), DL Ruke Orhorhoro (2), LB LaVonta Bentley (1), QB Taisun Phommachanh (1), DB Ray Thornton (1), WR Brannon Spector (1), OL Hunter Rayburn (1), OL Kaleb Boateng (1), OL Mason Trotter (1), LB Bryton Constantin% (0), DT Tayquon Johnson (0), DL Etinosa Reuben (0), DE Greg Williams (0), P Aidan Swanson (0).

* Scholarship

** Non-specialists

% Injured

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