Mikey Dukes is one of a number of impact true freshman from the 2019 class.
Mikey Dukes is one of a number of impact true freshman from the 2019 class.

Playing time breakdown: Record 111 Tigers mix experience, rest versus Charlotte

by - Staff Writer -

Clemson played 17 more players than had ever suited up and saw the field in a game in school history on Saturday versus Charlotte.

That was 111 out of 113 players dressed out, with receiver Justyn Ross one of those two on the bench to rest up (hip).

The big total has Clemson averaging 81 players on the field this season. More numbers out of Saturday:

Among freshmen, the four-game redshirt limit has been met for several Tigers now, with DT Tyler Davis, CB Andrew Booth, WR Frank Ladson Jr., WR Joseph Ngata, TE Davis Allen, LB Kane Patterson and CB Sheridan Jones. On the cusp of that mark are TE Jaelyn Lay (3), S Joseph Charleston (3), LB Keith Maguire (3), RB Chez Mellusi (3), OL Will Putnam (3), RB Michel Dukes (3), S Lannden Zanders (3), DB Jalyn Phillips (3) and DL Ruke Orhorhoro (3).

Dukes and Ngata became the third and fourth true freshmen to reach the end zone for the Tigers this season on Saturday, joining Ladson and Mellusi. Dukes saw four touches in 11 snaps for 46 yards and the score.

Clemson starting group averaged 25 snaps going back into ACC play this week at North Carolina.

Clemson snaps breakdown: Charlotte

(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 (34)

Quarterback (4): Chase Brice 24 (52), Trevor Lawrence 19 (209), Taisun Phommachanh 18 (29), Ben Batson 2 (2).

Running Back (5): Lyn-J Dixon 19 (73), Travis Etienne 18 (141), Chez Mellusi 12 (24), Michel Dukes 11 (25), Darien Rencher 6 (21).

Wide Receiver (9): Diondre Overton 29 (119), T.J. Chase 23 (61), Frank Ladson Jr. 21 (70), Amari Rodgers 16 (74), Brannon Spector 15 (27), Cornell Powell 14 (62), Will Swinney 14 (38), Joseph Ngata 12 (102), Tee Higgins 10 (130).

Tight end (4): JC Chalk 23 (137), Davis Allen 13 (47), Jaelyn Lay 12 (33), Luke Price 8 (41).

Offensive Line (13): Tremayne Anchrum 42 (231), Jackson Carman 34 (219), John Simpson 34 (214), Matt Bockhorst 34 (128), Gage Cervenka 32 (137), Cade Stewart 32 (82), Sean Pollard 27 (190), Jordan McFadden 23 (78), Will Putnam 15 (39), Chandler Reeves 9 (19), Hunter Rayburn 9 (46), Mason Trotter 9 (13), Kaleb Boateng 8 (12).

Defense (37)

Defensive End (6): Justin Foster 27 (109), Xavier Thomas 24 (128), Logan Rudolph 24 (102), Justin Mascoll 21 (87), K.J. Henry 20 (97), Greg Williams 2 (2).

Defensive Tackle (8): Tyler Davis 23 (119), Jordan Williams 20 (72), Nyles Pinckney 18 (93), Darnell Jefferies 15 (45), Xavier Kelly 6 (36), Ruke Orhorhoro 6 (22), Etinosa Reuben 3 (3), Tayquon Johnson 1 (1).

Linebacker (9): Isaiah Simmons 37 (224), James Skalski 35 (196), Chad Smith 28 (152), Baylon Spector 28 (106), Mike Jones Jr. 23 (52), Jake Venables 8 (39), Kane Patterson 3 (10), Keith Maguire 2 (7), LaVonta Bentley 1 (1).

DB (CB/S/NB - 14): A.J. Terrell 37 (204), Tanner Muse 31 (197), K’Von Wallace 29 (176), Nolan Turner 30 (141), Denzel Johnson 29 (95), Derion Kendrick 28 (152), Mario Goodrich 23 (90), Sheridan Jones 15 (33), Andrew Booth Jr. 9 (27), LeAnthony Williams 9 (25), Lannden Zanders 8 (23), Joseph Charleston 8 (17), Jalyn Phillips 3 (11), Ray Thornton III 3 (3).

Special teams-only**: Brian Dawkins Jr.

Did not play: WR Justyn Ross% (130), OL Blake Vinson% (34).


True freshmen participation*: DT Tyler Davis (4), CB Andrew Booth (4), WR Frank Ladson Jr. (4), WR Joseph Ngata (4), TE Davis Allen (4), LB Kane Patterson (4), CB Sheridan Jones (4), TE Jaelyn Lay (3), S Joseph Charleston (3), LB Keith Maguire (3), RB Chez Mellusi (3), OL Will Putnam (3), RB Michel Dukes (3), S Lannden Zanders (3), DB Jalyn Phillips (3), DL Ruke Orhorhoro (3), LB LaVonta Bentley (2), QB Taisun Phommachanh (2), DB Ray Thornton (2), WR Brannon Spector (2), OL Hunter Rayburn (2), OL Kaleb Boateng (2), OL Mason Trotter (2), DT Tayquon Johnson (1), DL Etinosa Reuben (1), DE Greg Williams (1), P Aidan Swanson (1), LB Bryton Constantin% (0).

Counting up to 111: S Michael Becker (ST), LB John Boyd (ST), LS Tyler Brown (ST), WR Will Brown (5), LB David Cote (ST), S Peter Cote (ST), OL Mac Cranford (9), S Carson Donnelly (ST), WR Hampton Earle (5), Jacob Edwards (1), James Edwards (2), Will Edwards (1), WR Hamp Greene (6), WR Carter Groomes (8), CB Jake Herbstreit (2), WR Tye Herbstreit (4), LB Landon Holden (ST), WR Josh Jackson (4), RB Ty Lucas (ST), LS Jack Maddox (LS), CB Jack McCall (ST), QB Patrick McClure (4), OL Zac McIntosh (2), LB Matt McMahan (ST), LS Patrick Phibbs (ST), PK B.T. Potter (ST), PK/P Steven Sawicki (ST), OL Marquis Sease (8), P Will Spiers (ST), Aidan Swanson (ST), WR Drew Swinney (5), RB Tyler Traynham (1), S Elijah Turner (ST), DE Regan Upshaw (3), DE Tristan Walliser (1), PK Jonathan Weitz (ST).

(ST = Special teams)

* Scholarship

** Non-specialists

% Injured

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